Quitting Sugar? 6 Reasons to Do It
Have you ever tried to go one month without sugar? It can be quite a challenge – but it’s really worth it! Here are six convincing reasons to quit sugar. Believe it or not, they have nothing to do with losing weight.
1. Your mind stays sharp
Consuming too much sugar and fat can impair a number of brain functions. A study from the University of South Wales in Australia has confirmed this. So, put down the sweet stuff and keep your mind sharp!
2. It lowers your blood pressure
Weight gain is a very common consequence of excessive sugar consumption and brings with it the risk of high blood pressure. This can lead to a heart attack, stroke, kidney damage, and other serious diseases.
If you reduce your sugar consumption, get moving and watch your weight, quit smoking and also avoid stress, your high blood pressure will definitely go down.
Did you know?
The WHO (World Health Organisation) recommends reducing the intake of free sugars (e.g. sugar in coffee, desserts, instant meals, etc.) to less than 10% of the total energy intake per day. That equals no more than 50 g of sugar a day (roughly 10 teaspoons) for the average adult. But less is always better!
3. You can prevent diabetes
A meta-analysis published in the Diabetes Care Journal confirms: regular consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (soft drinks, fruit juices, energy drinks and ice tea) – 2 servings or more – increases the risk of metabolic syndrome (a combination of different symptoms related to your metabolism that occur together) and of developing type 2 diabetes. This is also true for other foods containing added sugar. You develop an increased insulin resistance, which means the sugar cannot reach the cells. The result: blood pressure rises!
Beverages can be loaded with liquid calories, so try to avoid them and reach for zero calorie alternatives.
4. You have less cravings
Another advantage of quitting sugar? Your craving for sweets will decrease over time. Sugar is addictive. The more you eat, the more your body wants. Break the cycle by eliminating foods high in sugar from your diet. It will be hard at the beginning, but you will quickly notice that you crave sweets less.
5. You save money
Consuming a lot of sugar costs money. Why? Foods high in sugar attack the enamel on our teeth and cause decay. This also weakens our immune system. The result is that we get sick more. All of this leads to more frequent doctor visits that are often very expensive. Boost your immune system with superfoods like matcha and ginger.
6. You have more energy
You must have already noticed that you often just want to lie down after a high-carb or high-sugar lunch. Sugar makes us sluggish and even appears to be linked with depression. The next time you are wondering why you feel so unmotivated, think about your diet. Energize your body by eating more fresh, unprocessed foods.
So, have we finally convinced you to quit sugar? You don’t have to quit cold turkey. Cutting down is definitely wise, supports your health and also helps you lose weight.
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