Yesterday I let you guys in on my #1 goal for the remainder of the year: losing weight. My love for sugar has been one of the main culprits hindering my weight loss, so I’ve decided to cut it out of my diet for at least 30 days.
Here’s a scary fact: scientists took MRI images of the brains of people consuming sugar and highly addictive drugs like cocaine and discovered that sugar may be just as addictive as cocaine. How crazy is that? Think about it for a moment. Sugar may be just as addictive as cocaine. Scary, right? But what does it mean to your brain and your overall health?
That means that it will alter your brain chemistry and over time you start to crave more and more sugar. I can totally attest to this. After falling off the wagon, I found myself buying bag after bag of candy. I’m currently sitting here with 2 bags of gummy bears and one bag of sour straws #nojudgement #itsAnAddiction. But seriously, this goes to show you that sugar is truly addictive.
After eating sugary foods, the urge for your next sweet fix comes more frequently and you need to consume it in larger quantities and like any other drug, it comes with some pretty scary side effects. Not being able to fit into your favorite pair of jeans because of your candy or sweets addiction is going to be the least of your problems. It’s still a problem, but there can be far worse issues for you to deal with.
Sugar can cause weight gain and also an increased risk of developing Type II Diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and risk of stroke. There’s also extra stress the added weight puts on your joints and tendons; overtime this could result to having knee or hip problems. It can also be much harder it is to get enough oxygen pumping through your body. This isn’t an article to scare you into a sugar detox, but to make you aware of all the health issues you could face if you don’t control the amount of sugar in your diet.
Then, as with any highly addictive drug, there will be unpleasant withdrawal symptoms as you start to wean your body off of sugar. Don’t believe me? Give it a try.
Cut out all added sugar for a couple of days. No more soda, no more sugar in your coffee, no candy, no cookies, no donuts. If you want to really be serious about the detox, you’ll also want to avoid all foods with added sugars like bread, most salad dressings, ketchup etc. I’m not about the “cutting out sugar in all my condiments life”, but if you’re serious, try cutting out all foods that have sugar added. Cut all those foods out and don’t eat anything without checking the label for added sugars. See how you feel after a few hours.
You might get headaches. Thankfully the first time I did a detox, I was headache-free. However, the cravings were serious the first week. Some people will start having a little headache will start to grow into a full-blown pounding head along with joint aches. You may also experience some nausea and don’t be surprised to experience mood swings, too. Some people will even have flu-like symptoms and start to shake a day into their sugar detox.
Doesn’t that sound a lot like the withdrawal symptoms of a “serious” drug addiction? That’s because sugar addiction is just that. A serious addiction. And this is just another reason why it’s good to take a look at your sugar intake and make some changes. Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing 3 easy ways to cut back on sugar consumption. So make sure you come back tomorrow or sign up for my newsletter here.