Updated: Oct 24, 2018
Sugar tastes so good, doesn’t it? The average American consumes 31 teaspoons (the recommended amount is 6 teaspoons for women) of added sugar per day. This can lead to an extra 500 calories a day!!!
And did you know that we can become addicted to sugar, just like we can get addicted to other substances like recreational drugs or cigarettes? In fact, when we eat sugar, we get the same dopamine rush that we feel when we fall in love!
The good news is this—we don’t have to be a slave to sugar for our entire lives. We can break free of its hold! On the next page, I’m going to share some tips to make kicking your sugar habit a lot easier.
See, I told you! This doesn’t sound like going on a diet at all, does it? You get to eat more—but just make sure you’re eating more of the right foods like veggies and fruits.
Try to break your meals into 6 small meals a day, instead of 3 big ones. Most of us are more likely to eat sugary foods during the big gaps between meals. So, if you eliminate that big gap of time—BOOM! You’re already eating less sugar.
And while you’re at it, be sure to increase your protein intake. Eat foods like egg whites, low-fat Greek yogurt, nuts, lentils, quinoa, dairy milk, white meat poultry, tofu, salmon or tuna.
REDUCE YOUR SUGAR INTAKE SLOWLY
Most people lose the battle against sugar when they try to quit it cold turkey. Many times, completely cutting out sugar may set you up for failure (especially if it’s a big part of your diet).
Removing all sugar from your diet too quickly can lead to super uncomfortable detox symptoms, which usually make a person give up on quitting sugar since they may end up having adverse physical reactions.
As long as you are reducing your intake a little bit every few days, there’s no need to rush.
STOP TURNING TO SUGAR FOR AN ENERGY BOOST
Yes, eating sugar when your energy is low will give you a small boost. But then, you’ll end up crashing even lower than if you hadn’t had the sugar at all.
Replace your daily candy bar with a high protein snack, or with complex carbs like vegetables, fruits, or whole grains. Need other ideas to boost your energy? Check out my previous post for some awesome energy building tips.
IDENTIFY HIDDEN SUGAR SOURCES
Most pre-packaged foods and fast foods are FILLED with sugar to make them taste OH. SO. GOOD. Be sure to be diligent about looking at those ingredients labels—sugar can hide in many forms. Look for sucrose, dextrose, maltose, fructose, or glucose.
All of these words are fancy speak for sugar!
And watch out for “low-fat” foods. That almost always means “high sugar”, because think about it—if you take out the fat, how else are you going to get something to taste good? You add sugar. Ugh.
HOW ELSE CAN I REDUCE MY SUGAR INTAKE?
Every morning for the last couple of years, I have been incorporating an amazing drink into my healthy lifestyle—one that helps me fight of sugar cravings and helps keep my weight in check. Want to learn more? Schedule a free video chat with me!
DID YOU GET VALUE?
I hope so. Because it’s my mission to help you reclaim yourself, so that you can be the best career person, spouse, parent, significant other---WHATEVER!!---that you can be!