In a world facing a type 2 diabetes crisis, deciding to quit sugar for a month or at least drastically curb your intake is a no-brainer. It’s a big step towards healthy eating and one of the top recommendations by the World Health Association.
Sugar isn’t just a high risk factor for diabetes, it also has zero nutritional benefits and makes you crave food. Most people lose weight when they decide to quit sugar.
Now I don’t have a sweet tooth, I guess I’m lucky that way, (peanut butter toast is my downfall). For my guy it’s a different story.
Tea is his drink of choice and he can get through 10 cups a day. He was taking 2 teaspoons of sugar in his tea. Just think! That’s 20 teaspoons of sugar a day! We were getting through a packet of sugar a week.
Now he does exercise a lot and you would never say he was overweight, but he did have a little bit of a tummy. (Not that I would ever mention it to him!)
I was more worried about what that sugar was doing to him. Could someone as fit as my guy still get diabetes just because of his sugar intake?
It was probably less likely because he exercised daily (which lowers your blood glucose level), but that’s no guarantee. There’s certainly an increasing in the number of people being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes who are thin but don’t have the best of diets.
I managed to quit sugar myself, lost some weight and it made my guy curious enough to try. He found it tough but he lost half a stone in a month. He was so chuffed! My guy’s a climber and the weight loss made a difference to how hard he could climb.
This was a few years ago and the weight has stayed off. He does have a few sugar treats from time to time, but he’s never gone back to the high sugar intake he used to live on.
Quitting sugar or at least drastically reducing your intake is so worth it. You owe it to your body.
Here’s what to expect when you decide to quit sugar for a month…
You’ll Go Through Withdrawal Symptoms
Everyone reacts differently but sugar is addictive and when you quit you’ll go through withdrawal symptoms. Don’t worry – they won’t last.
Some people get headaches for a day or two and most people feel tired but by your second week you’ll be bouncing around with extra energy.
You’ll Have Better Digestion
Eating too much sugar messes up your digestive system. When you quit sugar you’ll be rewarded with a healthier gut.
Quitting sugar is good for your immune system and you’re ability to extract nutrients from food.
You’ll Feel Lighter
A big plus of quitting sugar is reduced bloating. You’ll also be consuming less calories and have less food cravings.
The result? You’ll lose weight in no time. Real sugar addicts can experience large weight loss just by quitting sugar.
Your Dentist Will Love You
Quitting sugar means less fillings! Sugar is the main cause of tooth decay and by eliminating sugar from your diet your chance of fillings becomes almost zero.
That means less bills and time in the dentist chair! I haven’t had a single filling since I quit sugar!
You’ll Cook More
Quitting sugar will make you aware of all the bad ingredients in processed food. The solution? You’ll start cooking healthy food at home. Better for you and your family.
You’ll Need A Supply Of Healthy Snacks
It’s best to be prepared with healthy alternatives to sugary treats. Make sure you don’t lapse by having a supply of fruit and nuts to hand.
Travelling Will Be Tricky
You’ll need a plan to cope with travelling. It can be very difficult when you’re out and about to find sugar-free food. It’s best to go prepared with your own food.
You’ll Be Able To Taste Sweetness Again In Natural Foods
When we eat sugar all the time we lose our sensitivity to sweetness. When you quit sugar expect to be delighted by the wonderful natural sweetness in healthy foods.
It’s Your Best Defense Against Diabetes
Sugar is the number one factor contributing to the rise in type 2 diabetes. Cut out sugar and you vastly reduce the risk. Some people have even managed to reverse type 2 diabetes by quitting sugar and following a low-carbohydrate diet.
Tips To Quit Sugar For A Month
Sugar is everywhere. It’s the hidden ingredient in so many processed foods. Everyone needs a little help to quit sugar for a month and the resources in my post: 6 Tips To Help You Quit Sugar (Right Now) will help.
These are just some of the many benefits you’ll enjoy when you quit sugar. I find the challenges are always outweighed by the huge pluses in how I feel. Love to hear your comments!