6 Foolproof Tips That Will Help You Quit Your Sugar Addiction for Good

It’s common knowledge that sugar does nothing but harm your health. Unfortunately, it’s also a common addiction and one that really hard to break. Research shows a sugar addiction works similarly to an addiction to cocaine and other illicit drugs.

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Sugar creates an addictive cycle of hunger, tiredness and irritability. When you consume sugar it causes a spike in your blood sugar, commonly referred to as a “sugar rush.” You feel energized and happy, but only until your blood sugar eventually drops, leaving your feeling exhausted, hungry and irritable. The outcome of this slump? Reaching for more sugar.

6 Foolproof Tips to Quit Sugar You Need to Know About

Sugar also causes excess fat storage and inflammation in the body, so quitting sugar is the best favor you can do for your body.

If you find yourself craving sugar all the time, and want to escape the habit consider the following tips. They will help you conquer your cravings and cut out those no-good empty calories out of your life once and for all.

Eat foods rich in protein, fibre and healthy fats.

Yes, you heard that right. Eating high fat and protein-rich foods keeps you feeling full for longer and reduces your craving for unhealthy carbs like refined sugar. In fact, lowering your dependency on carbohydrates is great for your health.

So ensure that all your meals and made up of mostly protein, carbs and fibre. At least 25 per cent of your meal should protein and healthy fats, like avocado, nuts, olive oil and fatty fish.

Two weeks is all it takes.

Take comfort in the fact that it only takes two weeks of cutting sugar from your diet to stop the cravings. The only catch? You need to quit sugar completely. If you stick to your plan for two weeks you will find that you no longer crave it. The first two weeks will be difficult because your body will go through a withdrawal, and you’ll find yourself feeling irritable. But don’t let this make you cheat. Stick to your healthy eating plan and watch your dependency on sugar fade away.

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Drink more water.

Drinking water, especially before meals, makes you feel satiated, prevents overeating and flushes excess sugar out of your system. If you crave sugar, drink a glass of water instead—you may just be thirsty and not hungry for sugar-packed foods.

Keep a food journal.

Logging your dietary choices and habits in a journal is one of the best ways of being conscious of what you eat. An mobile apps works just as well as a traditional food diary. The key is to be honest and note down every single item you consume. This allows you to keep track of how much sugar you consume, which will help you reduce your intake.

Avoid fruit juice and dried fruit.

Here’s the simple truth: one glass of apple juice contains 12 teaspoons of sugar—the same amount of sugar as a glass of Coke. Dried fruit is also loaded with sugar. You might think that’s it OK to drink fruit juice because the sugar in it is natural, but just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s good food you. Juicing fruit deplete them of fibre and you’re most leave with just fructose, which is sugar.

Eat whole fruits, with their fiber and water intact, or choose low fructose fruits such as blueberries and kiwis.

Partner up.

Every difficult goal becomes easier if you have a partner to support you, so find a buddy to help you beat your sugar addiction. It could be anyone—a friend, co-worker, spouse—anyone who shares your sugar-quitting goal. Communicate with them as much as possible about your effort and try to stay positive. Motivate them as they motivate you. Be persistent and remember that although it’s tough to beat a sugar addiction, it’s entirely possible with will-power and determination.

Rumana Dsouza

Rumana D’Souza is the social media and content coordinator for Prizm Media and Kudolife. She has found her life’s calling in writing about health and wellness, and believes she can make the world a touch healthier – one blog post at a time.

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