If you’ve experienced powerful sugar cravings in your life you know how addictive it can be. It may seem like an innocent addiction but when abused, sugar can cause as many health consequences as drinking or smoking. Sugar consumption has been linked to conditions like diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer, to name a few.
Consuming sugar is a part of our culture, so there’s a social and emotional component, but the craving is also strongly physical. When it is consumed on a regular basis our bodies demand it and make it hard to resist. When quitting, just like other drugs, you get withdrawal symptoms.
Below are five things that can happen when you end your sugar addiction. But you may also find additional benefits like an improved mood and reduced aches, pains and headaches.
Benefit #1) More stable energy throughout the day.
Sugar is often used to boost energy, but it’s a self-perpetuating cycle that always ends with a crash. The crash is then repaired with more of it. When your body gets sugar from fruits and starchy veggies it strikes a metabolic balance that magically quiets the screaming sugar dragon. Getting off the refined sugar roller coaster will stabilize energy and increase stamina. Initially, you may feel like you have less energy but soon you’ll discover your body is great at manufacturing its own energy. You won’t believe how great you feel.
Benefit #2) Your weight will stabilize.
If you’re carrying around extra weight you can’t seem to shake, those pounds will likely melt off when you give up refined sugar. Sugar affects insulin levels, which is the hormone that signals the body to store fat. So in contrast to popular belief, it’s not fat but rather sugar that makes people gain weight.
Benefit #3) Your digestive system will perform better.
Giving up sugar is one of the best ways to improve elimination and digestive health. Don’t be surprised if those mysterious digestive symptoms go away with your sweet habit. Sugar feeds the unhealthy bacteria in your body, while fiber feeds the good bacteria.
Benefit #4) You will stop wanting sugar.
This is the part that people don’t believe. The first few days can be so tough that people often get discouraged. The flu-like withdrawal symptoms and massive cravings pass quickly. In two weeks your cravings will end and you’ll have more control over what you eat. Eating sugar destabilizes blood glucose levels, which in turn makes you hungrier and crankier. Without added the sweet stuff in your diet it’ll be much easier to eat less and choose healthier options.
Benefit #5) Your skin will look healthier.
Who doesn’t like healthy, glowing skin? Skin health is closely tied to your diet. Sugar consumption may cause breakouts, dull skin or in severe cases, itching and other skin problems. The skin is one of the body’s largest elimination organs and when overloaded with sugar and processed foods it has trouble eliminating fast enough and may get clogged up. Clean up your diet and your skin will thank you with a beautiful, clear glow.
Let us help you quit sugar!
With the 21-Day Body Makeover you’ll discover how easy it is to train and tame your sugar dragon. By feeding your body with the right kinds of carbs, healthy fats, nutrients and proteins your physical sweets cravings will completely disappear in one to two weeks. In those first two weeks it’s crucial to get the right structure to support you through the tough beginning. The 21-Day Body Makeover is designed to give you the support you need to navigate the hard part with minimal discomfort. It will only get easier from thereon.