Fat deposits are not the only thing that accounts for excess weight. Carbohydrates are to blame too. The thing is sugar is often hidden in popular consumer products, such as juices, sodas, cereals, salad dressings, yogurts, candies and many more, that you ingest it without even being aware of it.
If your body is overloaded with sugar, you’ll experience symptoms such as hyperactivity, chronic fatigue, yeast infections, headaches, depression, colds, sinus problems, sleepiness, mental disorientation, etc. But, this is not all. The worst side effects from excessive sugar intake include an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, especially breast cancer.
The relation between sugar and weight gain
What happens to sugar in the body is that some of it is used as energy, while the rest is stored as fat. But, there’s a big difference between refined and natural sugars. The body reacts to refined sugar, which goes to the intestines, as an intestinal bacterium. This sugar increases blood sugar levels, which leads to fat deposits in the waist, hip, and thigh area over time.
How to avoid sugar
You may find it impossible to achieve, but quitting sugar consumption is actually something everyone can do. Should you decide to cut out sugar from your diet, be prepared for some withdrawal symptoms including sadness, headaches, weakness, cravings, etc. You’ll most likely experience cravings after a meal because it’s then that your body falsely signals your brain that it’s hungry again. That’s the time when you most often reach for sugar. The best thing to do is gradually eliminate sugary food from your diet, one sugar product at a time. You’ll probably get intense cravings in the first few days, but these will go away after some time.
Breakfast: 1 cup of oats with berries/almonds/seeds/3 eggs (scrambled or boiled)
Morning snack: 1 bowl of nuts
Lunch: chicken breast with cooked butternut squash, beets, carrots, parsnips, turnips, beans, and almonds.
Dinner: broiled fish, a bowl of green beans, or salmon and stir-fried broccoli and mushrooms.
Breakfast: a cup of steel cut oats with berries, seeds or almonds with spinach
Morning snack: a bowl of nuts
Lunch: grilled zucchini, red and yellow peppers, lemon, vinegar and thyme dressing/ a shredded green and red cabbage salad with shredded carrots, olive oil, lemon, salt dressing, and chopped parsley as garnish.
Dinner: steamed green vegetables, vegetable casserole and bean soup/ baked cod with stir-fried bok choy and roasted Brussels sprouts and turnips.
Breakfast: 1 cup of steel cut oats with berries, seeds, or almonds/ 3 scrambled eggs with shrimp and fried kale, radish, and walnut salad.
Morning snack: 1 bowl of nuts
Lunch: roasted chicken thighs with rosemary, sage and lemon/ oven roasted chicken with onion, thyme, and black olives.
Dinner: mushrooms with garlic broth, onion, celery, thyme, carrots and bay leaves/penne pasta with brown rice, with a sauce from mushrooms, basil, and tomato
What you can take instead of sugary drinks
Detox water: Make your own detox water with one of these fruits: grapefruits, blueberries, strawberries, or oranges. Slice the fruit then place in a jar. Add some fresh rosemary or mint and fill up the jar with water. Drink this every day.
Tea: Take unsweetened herbal or green tea 3 times a day.
Coffee: Avoid drinking more than 1 cup of sugar-free black coffee per day.
This diet plan is extremely effective in cutting down sugar cravings. Put on strong will and determination and you’ll be on the right way to end your sugar addiction.