If we had a camera inside our body showing us live what sugar does to it, we would quit consuming sugar forever.
Sugar is nothing but a carbohydrate with a high glycemic index. It makes us fat, ugly, unproductive and addicted.
Even though we all know sugar is not good and we should have it in moderation, we are not really aware of how bad it actually is. Especially in excess. Why? Because sugar is an accepted and even loved drug in our society. We love to post pictures of pretty cupcakes, when we do well we believe we deserve a dessert, sweets are seen as prizes. But is really everything better when we eat sugar?
If you want to: be beautiful, thin, have energy, be more preoductive, have a great career, be happy and in a good mood and be healthy, we have a really good tip for you: DO NOT HAVE SUGAR.
There are 5 types of sugars that are present in almost everything we eat:
- fructose (sugar present in fruit, but with less calories and side effects of table sugar)
- glucose (created from the starch present in cereals)
- dextrose (also from the starch in cereals)
- sucrose (common table sugar, white or brown)
- high fructose corn syrup ( made from corn starch and highly addictive, especially popular in the US)
Why you are eating more sugar than you think
We recommend you to memorize these 5 types of sugar and to read the ingredient list of EVERYTHING you buy. You will see that practically EVERYTHING you buy has one or even more of these sugars, including foods you would never believe would contain sugar, like bread, cookies, sauces, juices, ham, sausages and a large etcetera.
And this is exactly the reason why we are all eating more sugar than we think. It’s not about having a chocolate bar when you are down or a piece of cake when you meet a friend. It’s about the food industry adding sugar in every single product so that you like them more and, of course, become addicted.
Without knowing it, you are filling your precious body with sugar. A lot of it. And that’s where problems begin.
How sugar affects your body
When your body has too much sugar (which nowadays happens far too often), a process occurs of which you are not conscious.
Your body decides to reduce sugar level, because too much sugar is dangerous. So your pancreas begins to create insulin. Insulin makes sure to convert sugar into fat. This is where fat excess starts, but it’s just the beginning.
The excess in insulin automatically reduces the amount of two very important hormones: growth hormone and glucagon. Amongst other things, these hormones regulate muscular development as well as fat and sugar burn. What follows is only obvious: Low level of these hormones = little muscular development and no fat and sugar burn, which means you keep gaining wait. It still doesn’t end here.
Insulin lowers your blood sugar level, so you get hungry. To be more specific, you get hungry for food rich in sugar and carbohydrates. So you keep gaining wait.
And this is how a vicious circle is create of which it is very difficult to escape. Especially considering how addictive sugar actually is. And this is how more and more people keep gaining wait without being able to do anything about it. It only started with a piece of cake every Sunday. (Plus the sugar intake you are not aware of)
What sugar does to your body
Actually, weight gain is only the fastest and most evident side effect of sugar. The list of effects that sugar has in our body is much greater than that and far more horrendous.
- It weakens your immune system by affecting white blood cells. You get sick more often and easier and will stay ill a lot longer.
- Premature aging
- Crohn illness
- Digestive Problems
- Lack of energy
- Heart sickness
- Problems to concentrate
- Loss of muscular mass
- Irregular periods
- Nutritional deficiencies (sugar avoids the calcium and magnesium intake)
- Dental sickness
- Yeast infections
Reading this list, do you still feel like filling up your body with sugar? Or does it make you sick? You only have one body, does it deserve being treated like that?
Imagine how well you would feel if you would take away all of that. How would you feel taking away sugar once the withdrawal symptoms die off?
How to eat less sugar
Eliminating sugar for good is very difficult, especially if your body is used to it. After all, sugar is a legal drug (studies who it is more addictive than cocaine) and has high dependency.
Here, we recommend a few step to start reducing sugar intake until you are ready to say goodbye for good:
- Do not go cold turkey. Do it step by step, trying to accustom yourself and your family to it. Once you are used to no sugar, you won’t even like it.
- Read the ingredients of everything you buy and try to find the one product with no sugar or at least with the lowest amount of it (and always avoid high fructose corn syrup).
- Keep reading and informing yourself. Do it step by step, food item by food item. For example, if you eat a lot of cereal, learn about cereal first.
- Have a treat every now and then. This is about eliminating sugar in your everyday life, but once in a while will nor hurt.
- Find healthier substitutes. Although no sugar is ideal, if it is difficult for you to stop, start by substituting sugar for agave syrup. Stevia is always the best option, but find it pure. Make sure it is not stevia mixed with other sugars.
- If you feel like eating sweets, go for a piece of fruit. Often it fills you and will not be toxic for your body.
- Take a walk or jogging every day. Do sports. Your body will ask for less junk food when it feels healthy and you do sports.
- Eat foods that take away your need to eat sweets.