When it comes to excessive weight gain, besides fat and carbs, sugar also is one of the culprits that contribute to obesity. Despite the fact that consuming sugar from time to time and in moderate amounts doesn’t pose a threat, consummation of high amounts of sugar on a daily basis can become a problem.
Nowadays, sugar is all around us. Sugar is an ingredient that is contained in almost any food or drink, including soda drinks, cereals, pouch juices, salad dressings, yogurts, candies, sweets, etc. It is important to mention that some foods contain natural sugar such as honey, raisins, mangoes and bananas.
Some of the most common signs of sugar overdose are:
- Yeast infections
- Mental disorientation
- Sinus problems
Medical experts explain that excessive amounts of sugar substantially increase the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Weight Gain and Sugar
Over time, when there is too much sugar in the organism, the body will start with storing the excess sugar into fat.
Namely, the artificial sugar doesn’t metabolize the way natural sugar does. Once this type of sugar enters the intestine, the human organism recognizes it as an intestinal bacteria and that increases the blood sugar levels. This results in surplus fat in the waist, thighs and hips.
Exclude Sugar Completely
It is scientifically proved that if you don’t give up sugar completely, you will never stop the addiction. Although giving up sugar is not an easy process, if you’re persistent enough, you can succeed.
Fatigue, cravings, headaches, etc are some of the common symptoms of sugar withdrawal. It is important to highlight that if you constantly satiate your hunger by eating only one cookie, the headaches and uncomfortable feelings won’t go away. In order to prevent that you need to break this cycle by cutting one sugar product at a time.
Sugar Detox Diet
Breakfast: A cup of oats with berries and almonds, 3 eggs, scrambled or boiled
Snack: A small bowl of nuts
Lunch: Chicken breasts with cooked butternut squash, carrots, beets, parsnips, turnips, beans and almonds
Dinner: Broiled fish, a bowl of green beans or salmon with fried broccoli and mushrooms
Breakfast: A cup of steel cut oats with berries and almonds or 3 scrambled eggs sautéed with spinach
Snack: A small bowl of nuts
Lunch: Grilled zucchini with red and yellow peppers and lemon, vinegar, and thyme dressing or shredded green and red cabbage with shredded carrots and olive oil, lemon juice, and salt dressing, and chopped parsley on top
Dinner: Steamed green veggies, veggie casserole, and bean soup or baked cod with stir-fried Bok Choy and roasted Brussels sprouts and turnips
Sugar detox drinks
In a mason jar add chopped grapefruit, blueberry, strawberries, or oranges, rosemary and mint and fill the jar with filtered water. Store it in the fridge and drink this detox –water on a daily basis.
In order to lose weight and feel better it is advisable to drink unsweetened herbal or green tea 3 times per a day.
Drink only 1 cup of unsweetened black coffee on a daily basis.
- First of all, it is important to be prepared to fight off the sugar cravings as these cravings can be really challenging.
- During the sugar detox, it is highly advisable to avoid honey, agave nectar, maple syrup and other artificial sweeteners
- Instead of white bread and fruit juices you should eat whole grains that will regulate the sugar in the blood and prevent cravings
- Use only virgin olive oil for cooking
- Every day you should eat 2 oz. (about 57 grams) of nuts and seeds, flaxseeds and walnuts.
- Eat a large bowl of cooked green veggies every day.
- It is advisable to eat a large portion of green salad with a healthy dressing.
- To lower the cravings for sugar you can eat ½ cup of beans, chickpeas and lentils daily
- Last but not least, drink plenty of water
After completing this sugar detox diet, it is highly advisable to consult with your doctor or nutritionist. In order to keep the addiction at bay it is advisable to start following a long-term diet. Also, gradually start adding healthier forms of sugar such as dry fruits, fruits and low-sugar desserts to your diet.