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The Benefits of Going Sugar Free

written by Rosie Lane January 19, 2016 0 comments
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Sugar might be delicious – who doesn’t like a chocolate brownie and a latte, but it’s also terrible for your body. And we’re not just talking about your waistline, oh no, sugar is bad for you everywhere from your organs to your mind. The problem is that many of us just don’t realise how bad for us it is. Not only does it cause obvious issues like weight gain and tooth decay, but also depression, heart disease, and even cancer.

The main problem is that sugar is hidden in almost everything, so we’re eating tons of the stuff without even realising it. Of packaged foods, 75 percent of them contain sugar. That’s things like pasta sauces, salad dressings, ready meals, and crisps.

Want to lead a healthier life? Then why not quit sugar for good and reap the rewards? Want to know what you can expect when you quit sugar? Yes – then you’re in the right place.

Weight loss

Have you ever wished that you could make one small change and watch the pounds melt away? Well, quitting sugar could just be it. If you cut sugar out of your diet, within a couple of weeks, you’ll start to see the weight drop off. If you’ve got fat in stubborn areas, like on your stomach, quitting sugar is the perfect way to wave goodbye to it.

Clearer skin

The inflammatories in sugar can wreak havoc on our skin, and can be especially damaging to our collagen and elastin supplies. This type of damage is irreversible and can leave you more prone to premature aging. So if you want to stay looking young for longer, cut out sugar now. If sugar damages your skin, it’ll start to sag, wrinkle and lose firmness.

As well as making your skin more prone to aging, studies have linked sugar to acne and blemishes. They have also shown that too much sugar can lead to skin dehydration that can affect how bright and beautiful your skin looks. If you want skin that’s a healthy and happy as possible, quitting sugar is a must.

Improved mood

You might think that a slice of your favourite cake will put you in a good mood, but you’re actually wrong. Eating foods high in sugar don’t tend to leave us feeling good. In fact, they often wreak havoc on our moods. Not only will eating lots of sugar put you in a bad mood, but according to a recent study it can also lead to mental health problems, including depression.

Sugar affects our minds in two ways. Firstly, it suppresses activity of BDNF, an important hormone. This is the hormone that sufferers of depression and schizophrenia have low amounts of. Which is why there’s a link between the two conditions and sugar. And secondly, sugar causes chemical reactions in our brains that lead to inflammation that causes all sorts of issues. This includes upsetting your immune system and making you more prone to many medical problems.

When you quit sugar, you’ll notice that you’ll feel happier. This is because your mind won’t be affected by sugar, and will be healthier because of it.

More energy

The chances are that when you hit the 4 pm slump, the first thing you do is reach for a fizzy drink or sugary snack. These snacks might give you a quick fix of energy but after about 30 minutes, you’ll be left feeling more lethargic than before. You’ll be irritable, tired and worst of all, craving another sugary treat. These types of foods are broken down quickly, leading to blood sugar levels rising and brain stopping making orexin. This is the substance that makes us feel alert. That’s why about half an hour after our sugar boost we’re left more tired than before.

Instead of using sugar for fuel, if you use good fats, you’ll find that your energy lasts much longer. By cutting out sugar and using fat as your energy source, you’ll find that you have a lot more energy.

So there you have it, all the pros to quitting sugar. Go on, give up the sweet stuff – your body will thank you.

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