Ah, sugar! One of the few things that you constantly crave?
It’s no secret anymore that sugar contributes to weight gain, even if you exercise regularly. Limiting or eliminating sugar may seem like an impossible task for you right now, but trust me your future self will thank you for it. More and more people manage to lose weight by controlling their sugar intake – so there is no reason to believe you can’t be among them.
1. READ FOOD LABELS:
You’d be surprised to learn just how many foods contain sugar, even when it’s next to impossible to tell from the taste. Bread and sauces, for example, are often guilty of containing hidden sugars.
Sugar can appear under different names on food labels: fructose syrup, sucrose, invert sugar or various kinds of syrups. Almost everyone has a smartphone these days –why not try searching for the meaning of the ingredients next time you are out food shopping.
2. REDUCE THE SWEETS:
It may seem next to impossible at first, but if there is one thing that is amazing about the human body, it’s how well it can adapt. Having it consume sweets on a regular basis means that intense cravings can appear when you break or limit the habit. This is the most difficult part, but it soon passes. Just as you taught your body to demand sweets, you can teach it to depend less on them.
3. CONSUME NATURAL SUGARS INSTEAD:
While added sugars come with many negatives, the ones found in fruits are good and healthier alternatives, that can help you get rid of that itch for eating something sweet. It is best to eat whole fruits, as they provide you with healthy fibre.
4. BUY PRODUCTS WITH NO ADDED SUGARS:
Use what you learn about sugar and its substitutes and buy foods that are unsweetened. Even if you still want to eat desserts, it is best to limit your sugar intake by making the right choices. You do not want to undo good work by increasing sugar intake from other foods. Artificial sugars are to be avoided as well.
5. CONSUME PROTEIN, HEALTHY FATS AND FEWER CARBS:
Proteins and healthy fats can actually help weight loss caused by sugar intake. This is due to their ability to stabilise blood sugar levels, making you feel full for longer.
You don’t need to give up on sugar entirely, nor should you feel intimidated by the challenge of limiting it. Your body will quickly adapt, letting you reach that silhouette you are aiming for without demanding sweets as often as before.