Sugar Detox Plan | Kick the Habit in 4 Easy Steps

Sugar Detox Plan | Kick the Habit in 4 Easy Steps

So why did we feel the need to write about a sugar detox plan? Well we’ve all experienced it: that mid-afternoon slump followed by an urge for chocolate, or you find yourself feeling a bit down so you reach for a piece of cake or a bowl of ice cream. Those strong sugar cravings that are almost impossible to ignore during your moments of weakness.

We’ve known for a while that sugar is is the enemy of weight loss, but everyday we’re learning more about how sugar is not only bad itself, but actively works against meeting your health and wellness goals.

For instance, did you know:

  • Your body stores sugar as fat in the body, leading to weight gain and obesity.
  • Sugar causes your blood sugar spikes, increasing the presence of insulin in your blood and leading to diabetes.
  • Sugar communicates with your brain and makes you crave more of the simple sweet stuff that leads to overeating and weight gain.

Researchers have determined that the chemicals in sugar communicate with the same parts of the brain as morphine and heroin. In fact, some studies actually indicate that sugar may be more addictive than cocaine!

Why Do You Crave Sugar

The reason why our sugar cravings can be so strong are because of a hormone called leptin, which regulates your craving for sweet foods. Basically, when sugar is metabolized in your body and stored as fat, it releases a large amount of leptin into your blood. The problem is when you have too much leptin in your body, you become resistant to it.

Sugar Detox Plan

Sugar Detox Plan

Once you become resistant to leptin, your body struggles to tell your brain that you aren’t hungry. Combine that with the chemical response sugar has your brain it’s no wonder all you want is another chocolate. So what happens? You end up eating even more sugar, which is stored as more fat, which releases more leptin.

In order to live a healthy life and to continue to achieve your goals, you really need to kick those strong sugar cravings to the kerb. But just like any addiction (yes it is an addiction) be it drugs, alcohol or cigarettes, kicking it is hard. Whilst it is hard, here is a bit of a plan to help you along the way.

4 Step Sugar Detox Plan

[kc_font_pac_1_font_5 size=”30″ color=”#ffffff”]1. Beware of “low-fat” or “fat-free” branded foods:[/kc_font_pac_1_font_5]

When trying to detox from sugar, you need to be label savy. Next time you’re shopping have a look at the sugar content of your favorite low-fat and fat-free foods. I bet you’ll be surprised at the amount of sugar is in them. So why do they do it? Well when fat is removed from food, so is a lot of the flavor that makes it taste good. To make up for the lack of flavor, manufacturers put in “flavors” aka sugar!

[kc_font_pac_1_font_5 size=”30″ color=”#ffffff”]2. Try not to sweeten anything:[/kc_font_pac_1_font_5]

You need to retrain you palate not to crave sweet flavored food and drinks. So adding sweetener, whether artificial or natural, is not going to help you detox from sugar.

[kc_font_pac_1_font_5 size=”30″ color=”#ffffff”]3. Exercise:[/kc_font_pac_1_font_5]

Exercising releases endorphins into your body which give you a feeling similar to that experienced when you inhale a handful of M&Ms. The best sgrategy is to time your workouts to when you crave normally crave something sweet.

[kc_font_pac_1_font_5 size=”30″ color=”#ffffff”]4. Make sure you eat:[/kc_font_pac_1_font_5]

The longer you go without eating the more your body will crave simple sugars. The key is to eat balanced meals at regular intervals during the day. For your mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks, go for a handful of nuts and a piece of fruit. The fruit provides a provide a bit of natural sweetness, a wealth of fiber, vitamins and nutrients, while the nuts contain protein and healthy fats that will keep you fuller, longer.

As you know, living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a healthy diet isn’t always easy. It requires a lot of preperation, planning and careful attention to the details of what you’re putting in your body. If you follow the 4 step sugar detox plan outlined above and make sure you’re eating a balanced diet you’re going to be well on the way to kicking your strong sugar cravings for good.

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  1. Very good advice!

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