Many people are addicted to sugar and don’t even know it. According to experts, sugar addiction is real and it is like being addicted to drugs, smoking or alcohol. The tell-tale signs of having a sugar addition include being unable to go a day without eating sweet and sugary foods such as cookies, cake, soft drinks, snacks, juices and other such foods.
The negative effects of eating too much sugar include feeling sluggish throughout the day, being bloated, fine lines on the face, being unable to stop snacking, reaching for more coffee just to get through the day, obesity etc. We will look at the necessity of a sugar detox diet and a few tips and guidelines to get through it.
The key tip is to simply get started by cutting out sugar little by little. Of course, it is important to take stock of exactly how much sugar is typically consumed on a daily basis. This means that reading of nutritional labels needs to become a daily practice, for at least a few weeks. This is essential in order to know exactly how much sugar is currently being consumed. Studies show that the average American eats about 22 teaspoons of sugar every day which is 30% more than they used to eat 30 years ago. 22 teaspoons of sugar per day is roughly 3 times more than experts recommend for daily consumption which shows how bad the sugar addiction currently is.
So, once daily sugar consumption is known, the next step is to slowly reduce it. This will be difficult to do cold turkey, which will often lead into relapse. Therefore, simply start by removing one sugary treat from one’s diet and then maintain that for at least a few days to a week before removing another.
Now, in addition to removing sugary treats, these should be replaced with a healthier treat. This includes adding fruit, dark chocolate, nuts and even dairy. These are much healthier additions and have a more complete nutritional profile. Of course, there are many products available that mimic sugary snacks and treats, however, with less sugar or sugar substitutes. These can truly help during the difficult stages of a sugar detox.
It is important to note that sugar is not only in cookies, cakes, chocolate and other sugary treats. It is also in the foods that are eaten on a daily basis. These include salad dressings, ketchup, marinades, and tomato sauces, to name a few. So, be sure to check all labels for sneaky sources of extra sugar and reduce or cut these out as well.
In order to combat cravings, be sure to eat a lot more healthier foods such as meats, vegetables and healthy sources of fat. Healthy fats can help to reduce cravings and some top choices include avocado and nuts.
Going on a sugar detox diet is undeniably difficult but not impossible. It is best to slowly taper off one’s sugar consumption in order to ensure that the detox is successful and becomes a permanent lifestyle change.