by Ben Booker Six Pack Abs
If there is one thing most everyone can agree on it is that too much sugar is not good for you and your weight loss goals. Sugar comes in many different forms and it’s nearly impossible to avoid all together. Any type of processed or pre-packaged foods can be loaded with it, so what are we to do if we want to avoid it or cut it out all together? I have put together 6 simple ways to cut out sugar from your daily nutrition all together!
Not all sugar is bad for you. Natural sources of sugar that come from fruit, honey, and plant sources can be used by the body in recommended dosages. To avoid sugars all together would be avoiding some great fiber, minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins that our bodies need. It is the processed sugars and high fructose corn syrup that is very dangerous to our bodies, especially in high quantities.
Let’s look at the many reasons why we need to cut out the bad sugar from our daily routine. First off, sugar provides fuel for cancer cells. No one wants to support cancer. Sugar impairs the function of white blood cells, promotes weight gain, disrupts how amino acids transfer to muscles and spurs insulin resistance which can lead to type II diabetes. It also makes the body produce less leptin, which you need for appetite regulation. Yes, sugar aids in overeating! So now you know the why, lets look at the how.
How do you cut out the sugar?
1. Try Dark Chocolate
That’s right, eat it. If your addicted to chocolate or candy then replace it with dark chocolate. It’s simply all – around better for you and you most likely won’t be able to eat an entire bar of dark chocolate like you can milk chocolate. This way you can still satisfy your craving but not over indulge.
2. Stop Buying Processed Foods
This should be the biggest change you make in your daily nutrition routine when it comes to cutting out sugar. What does this mean? Well, just about everything you buy that comes in a box, a bag, or a can has added sugars. Sometimes one food item has four or five different types of sugar added! So STOP BUYING IT! Leave it on the shelf during your next trip to the grocery store.
3. Make Your Own Sauces And Dressings
Google it! Before your next trip to the store, google how to make your own sauce whether it is spaghetti sauce or salad dressing. This is a great step for those that are not quite ready to give up on all processed foods yet. These sauces and dressings are a killer. This goes for all of you out there that claim “I ate a salad today so I did good”, but failed to mention the crazy amount of dressing you used for it. Those sauces and dressings have super high amounts of sugar that you simply do not need.
4. Don’t Keep Sugary Snacks In The House
Although this one should be a no-brainer, I bet you are reading this with a gallon of ice cream in the freezer or some form of chocolate in the cabinet. If it is at arms reach, you will most likely reach for it thinking you will eat a little and wind up consuming a lot. Make yourself travel for it and only get a single portion when you arrive at your destination. Maybe during the trip you will change your mind, too.
5. Step Away From The Soda
Replace your soda or sugary drink habit with a glass of water. You can add lemon or a lime for flavor. By removing pop from your daily routine, your sugar intake (and most likely your weight), will drop dramatically. This rule also applies to alcoholic drinks. Choose wine, straight spirits, or mix alcohol with soda water if you can’t quit drinking all together. Simple steps create major results.
6. Give Yourself Rules And Stick To Them
I have found that giving yourself a small quota when weaning yourself off of sugar can be highly effective. Consuming sugar for dessert only is a great rule to start with forcing you to consume the sugar filled treat after a full meal making it a little harder to over indulge. After you have successfully limited yourself start only eating desserts on certain days of the week. This can be a great way to start weaning yourself off sugar completely. Try every other day, then move to weekends, and then special occasions.