The beginning of a new month is around the corner and I’ve been thinking about my goals for the rest of the year. A major goal that I’ve set is to lose ten pounds by the end of the year. I’m working on my fitness plan now and also know I need to change some of my eating habits. I can eat healthy 75% of the time, but I have my weaknesses.
There’s been a lot of talk in the media about the evils of sugar consumption. Sugar is hidden in all sorts of foods including bread, salad dressing, and other condiments. I, like many others, love things like cookies and ice cream, so it’s no wonder that our sugar consumption is skyrocketing. Unfortunately, all this added sugar is doing a lot of damage to our health and it’s making us gain weight in record numbers. I can personally attest to this.
Earlier this summer I took did a candy/sugar detox and cut out all desserts and candy from my diet. Anytime I had a sugar craving, I would eat fruit to satisfy my desire for something sweet. I was doing well gradually adding sugar back into my diet and then I completely failed when I started traveling for work again. So, to go along with my weight loss goal, I have decided to do another sugar detox starting the first of next month. I don’t have the time, energy or desire to be SUPER strict and cut out sugar from my diet completely because sugar is in EVERYTHING. Instead, I am cutting sugar from my diet in obvious things like cookies, candy, donuts, muffins, cakes, sugary drinks, etc. and I’d love you to join me on a 30-day detox.
Here are four reasons why you should do a sugar detox and do what you can to avoid consuming sugar as much as possible.
Consuming Sugar Spikes Your Insulin
As soon as your body starts to digest sugar, your insulin spikes up. Insulin is the hormone that is in charge of keeping blood sugar levels from rising too high and converting extra sugar into fat for storage. And the last thing I need is sugar converting into any more fat. You feel me?
It’s a delicate process and consuming sugar in large quantities will cause your insulin to spike. Over time it becomes less and less effective and eventually, things start to negatively affect your health.
Consuming Sugar Makes You Gain Weight
Because of the insulin and because sugar adds a lot of calories to food, it can make you gain weight. Unfortunately, you don’t have to be eating a lot of candy and cakes for that to happen.
Since the late seventies, when health authorities advised consumers to watch and lower their fat intake, the food industry has provided us with all sorts of low-fat and fat-free food options. A lot of sugar was added to make these foods taste okay.
Next time you’re in the grocery store, take a look at regular and low-fat or fat-free salad dressings. The lower fat options have a lot more carbs and sugar. You may not taste it, but it’s there. Since sugar is much more quickly digested than fat, you’re hungry sooner after consuming a low-fat meal and you eat again. The end result is weight gain, which totally defeats the purpose of eating a low-fat diet.
Consuming Sugar Increases Your Risk for Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
With all the increased sugar and weight gain comes a higher risk for diabetes and a condition called metabolic syndrome. Metabolic Syndrome is a group of symptoms and behaviors that put you at a much higher risk of developing heart disease and Type II diabetes.
Diabetes runs deep on both sides of my family. I’ve already been told that I am at risk for developing it and that’s definitely something I don’t want to occur, so I am doing what I can now to better my health. And thankfully both conditions are reversible and the first step toward better health is to cut out the sugar.
Sugar Doesn’t Have a Lot of Nutritional Value (Unfortunately) And It Makes You Hungrier
It’s important to remember that aside from a little boost of energy, sugar doesn’t provide a lot of nutritional value to your body. If you want something sweet, you’re much better off grabbing a piece of fruit than a cookie. At least with a piece of fruit, you’re getting some vitamins and fiber with your sugar fix.
Sugar consumption causes spikes in your blood sugar, that then make your body produce a large amount of insulin to pull the sugar out of your system (and convert it to body fat). The sad little side effect of that process is that your blood sugar goes on a roller coaster ride that will leave you hungry and craving more sugary treats. If you want or need to lose weight, the first thing you should cut out is sugar.
If you’re addicted to sugar like I am, I know cutting it out for any period of time sounds scary and impossible. And I will be the first person to admit that the first week can be a little rough. So if you aren’t fully convinced, make sure you come back tomorrow where I’m sharing some info about what sugar and cocaine have in common. Sounds crazy right? Sign up for my newsletter here and never miss a post.