What Happens When You Cut Out Sugar?

Quitting sugar is harder than it may seem. There is more to it than skipping a frappe each morning or cutting back on desserts. The majority of processed foods contain some form of sugar. Overall, it is a huge commitment if you want to decrease sugar intake in your life. A great way to get started is to check all food labels for hidden sugars and prepare the majority of your meals at home. Cutting back on sugar intake has huge benefits for your health. Consuming too much sugar can cause weight gain, blood sugar problems and an increased risk of heart disease, among other harmful conditions. Understand the week-by-week highs and lows of quitting sugar for 30 days below.

Week 1

One of the hardest weeks to get past. Your body is going through similar stages as a drug withdrawal. You may experience headaches, trouble focusing, gastrointestinal problems, and low energy levels. Sugar contributes to dopamine production, the hormone that makes you happy. When you cut out sugar, your dopamine levels lower, while your pain receptors go into overdrive. Try to eat fruits low in sugar to take off the edge.

Week 2

You start having some serious cravings, but you must stay strong! You may notice that your energy levels are rising and you begin feeling a return of mental clarity. This will only increase as time goes on. Your body will also start burning off fat for energy instead of stored glucose. Make sure your diet includes plenty of healthy fats, proteins, and fiber to help with the transition.

Week 3

The cravings are finally gone! You will feel a huge difference in your energy level and you may start to lose weight. You should also see improvements in your skin; less oil on your forehead, nose, and chin. At this point there shouldn’t be any adverse symptoms affecting you. You will now find that you are oversensitive to most sweets, which makes it even easier to resist them.

Week 4

You are now in the clear! Sugar is more of a special treat instead of a daily intense craving. You have proven to yourself that you can live without it, and now have the skills to do so. Remember to check all nutritional labels for hidden sugars and to buy fresh fruit when a craving strikes. It's okay to indulge once in a while, but don't fall back in the habit of letting sugar sneak back into your daily life.

Always consult a doctor before starting any new exercise or diet routine and follow all safety protocols for appropriate social distancing.

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