The main culprits of obesity nowadays are surely the fats and the carbohydrates. However they are not the only ones leading to obesity. Another ingredient that contributes to gaining weight is the sugar.
You probably know that normal, moderate consummation of sugar poses no risk to your health. However the problem is that many people, everyday, are consuming large quantities of sugar, without being aware of it.
Nowadays the stores are full with foods and drinks, such as, candy, yogurts, salad dressings, pouch juice, breakfast cereal and sodas, which are filled with added sugars. All of these products are rich in added sugars and they are the ones that can easily lead to obesity.
On the other hand, there are many products that contain natural sugar, such as, raisins, pure fruit juice, mangos, honey and bananas, which are simple carbohydrates.
An overconsumption of sugar can be extremely dangerous for your health and they can surely affect the body as well.
There are many symptoms that indicate to a sugar overdose.These symptoms are bouts of hyperactivity and consequent fatigue (as the sugar reserve crashes), yeast infections, depression, headaches, colds or sinus problems, mental disorientation and sleepiness.
If you notice any of these symptoms, you need to consult your doctor immediately and not let these symptoms to develop into a chronic sugar overload. This vicious disease can increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease, and promote the progression of cancer, especially breast cancer.
Sugar Consumption & Weight Gain
Let us explain you how the sugar acts in your body. When your body receives too much sugar, it uses as much as it needs for energy. The rest of the sugar, the body stores it and transforms it into fat.
At this point it is very important for you to know that the added sugar does not work as good as the natural sugar. In other words, the added sugar, makes its way to the intestine and the body reacts to it as to an intestinal bacteria, which spikes the blood sugar levels. This process usually ends up in turning these sugar into fat.
This fat usually accumulates in the thighs, hips and the waist.
SkipThe Moderation And Quit Consuming Sugar Completely
Many say that it is almost impossible to break your dependence of sugar. We will not argue with that and we will admit that it can be extremely hard. According to many people who tried to eliminate the dietary sugar of their diet, they felt the classic withdrawal symptoms of any addiction: sadness, headaches, queasiness, fatigue and cravings.
When it comes to sugar addiction, this usually happens after a meal is digested. At this point you may experience a sugar craving and therefore your body tells your brain that you need food once again. Now you are probably wondering, what would a sugar-addicted person do in this case? The answer is pretty simple, reach for something sweet, of course!
But something even more stranger happens, as soon as you eat that cookie. Namely, your sadness, headaches and sick feelings go away, and you feel instantly better.
Therefore, the only one that can stop and break this cycle is use. You need to stop consuming any added sugar and you need to try to do it a little at a time, not all at once. First you need to try cutting one added sugar product at a time. If you stop consuming added sugar products all at once, you will want them and crave for them even more.
Here in this article we will present you a diet that will help you reduce the added sugar intake, and finally eliminate it.
Breakfast:for breakfast you need to consume, 1 cup of oats with berries and almonds seedsor 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
Breakfast:for breakfast you need to consume, 1 cup of steel cut oats with berries and almonds or 3 scrambled eggs with spinach (sautéed)
Mid-morning snack:A small bowl of nuts
Lunch:Grilled zucchini with red and yellow peppers and a dressing of lemon, vinegar and thyme; or a shredded green and red cabbage salad tossed with shredded carrots, drizzled with a dressing of olive oil, lemon juice and salt, and garnished with chopped parsley
Dinner:Steamed green vegetables of your choice with a vegetable casserole and bean soup; or baked cod with stir-fried bok choy
Sugar Detox Drinks
The most difficult thing, however, it will be to cut off all those delicious sugary drinks. This is the part of fighting the sugar addiction. But we are not saying it is impossible. Therefore all you have to do is replace these sugary drinks with detox waters and hot drinks alternatives. These alternatives not only will help you stop the addiction, but it will also boost your metabolism.
Detox water:for preparing detox water, first you need to slice or chop one of these fruits: grapefruits, blueberries, strawberries or oranges. Then chop up some fresh rosemary or mint. Then take a medium sized mason jar, put all the ingredients in it and finally fill it up with filtered water. Remember you need to prepare the detox water every day.
Tea:Drink unsweetened herbal or green tea 3 times a day.
Coffee:Drink no more than 1 cup of unsweetened black coffee a day.
Things You NeedTo Remember:
- It is crucial for you to stay away from products, such as honey, agave nectar, maple syrup and all forms of artificial sweeteners. If you are exposed to even a small amount of sugar, you will want more and more.
- Also you need to fight the cravings. It will surely be a challenge, therefore you need to buckle up!
- In addition, you need to replace the fast-carbohydrate foods, such as white bread and fruit juices, with slow-carbohydrate foods like whole grains. This way you will regulate the release of sugar in your bloodstream, thus preventing a sugar overload and consequent cravings.
- Always cook with extra-virgin olive oil.
- Every day you need to consume 2 ounces of nuts and seeds. Make sure that you include flaxseeds and walnuts.
- Also you need to eat 1 large bowl of cooked green vegetables every day. You have to keep the nutrients and micronutrients coming in when you are battling this addiction.
- It is very important for you to try to consume a large serving of green salad every day and make sure to choose a healthy dressing.
- Eat at least ½ cup of beans, including chickpeas and lentils a day. Not many people know that including beans in a meal, can help you reduce the sugar cravings by the next meal.
- Finally it is extremely important that you drink plenty of water. It’s always good for you!
A Way Forward
First you need to complete this 3 day detox plan and after this regime you will have significantly curbed your sugar dependence.
The depression, fatigue and the headaches will star to disappear and you will realize you can live without the daily sugar fix!
Next thing you need to do is talk to a nutritionist or your doctor, in order to get a longer diet plan to keep the sugar addiction at bay. At the same time you need to gradually incorporate healthier forms of sugar, such as: fruits, dry fruits and a variety of low-sugar desserts in your everyday diet.