Carbohydrates and fats aren’t the only culprits causing a spike in your weight. The sugar you consume everyday is equally to blame.
While moderate sugar consumption poses no health risk, the average person consumes high quantities of sugar maybe without even knowing it.
There are so many foods and drinks that contain added sugars, like sodas, breakfast cereal, pouch juices, salad dressings, yogurts and of course candy, which contain a large amount of sugar and puts our body in overload.
There are some foods that contain sugar naturally like honey, pure fruit juice, raisins mangos and bananas which are simple carbohydrates.
An overconsumption of sugar also hampers the body’s nutritional intake.
Symptoms of a sugar overdose may include bouts of hyperactivity and consequent fatigue (as the sugar reserve crashes), yeast infections, depression, headaches, colds or sinus problems, mental disorientation and sleepiness.
Chronic sugar overload may also increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease, and promote the progression of cancer, especially breast cancer.
Sugar Consumption & Weight Gain
When the body receives too much sugar, it uses as much as it needs for energy but the rest that it doesn’t need get store into fat.
Added sugar doesn’t work anything like the way that natural sugar metabolizes. It makes its way to the intestine and the body reacts to it as intestinal bacteria, which spikes blood sugar levels. This eventually turns into fat.
You can see this fat in the waist, hips and thighs.
Skip Moderation, Quit Completely
It is nearly impossible to break your dependence on sugar if you do not quit cold turkey. When trying to eliminate dietary sugar, many people experience the classic withdrawal symptoms of any addiction: sadness, headaches, queasiness, fatigue and cravings.
In a sugar addiction, this usually happens after a meal is digested. You experience a sugar craving and your body tells your brain it’s hungry again. What would a sugar-addicted person do in such a scenario? Reach for something sweet, of course!
As long as you satiate your “hunger” by eating that cookie, the sadness, headaches and sick feelings go away, and you feel instantly better.
It is your responsibility to stay away and cut out any added sugar to break this cycle. Try a little at a time not all at once because you’ll just want it more. Try cut out one added sugar product at a time.
- Breakfast: 1 cup of oats with berries and almonds or seeds/ or 3 eggs (scrambled or boiled)
- Morning snack: 1 small bowl of nuts
- Lunch: chicken breast with cooked, butternut squash, carrots, beets, parsnips, turnips, beans and almonds
- Dinner broiled fish with one bowl green beans/ or salmon with fried broccoli and mushrooms