3 Ways to Kick Sugar to the Curb
Updated: Aug 28, 2018
Sugar: It’s sweet to the taste buds, but deadly to your health.
While many people focus on problems like weight gain or diabetes, that’s not the only health effect you need to worry about. (1) It’s also been linked to mental health and mood disorders, such as hyperactivity, anxiety and even depression.
If you want to think more positively and feel better in your own body, it’s time to kick sugar to the curb. The average American eats far more sugar than the recommended maximum, so even cutting back on your sugar can bring immediate benefits that you’ll notice immediately.
Easy Tricks to Cut Your Sugar Habit
1. Know Its Names
As people become more intentional about limiting their sugar intake, manufacturers are getting sneakier about hiding this ingredient. Often, added sugar isn't listed as sugar. It might appear as fruit nectar, corn syrup solids, malt syrup, molasses, or any word ending in -ose (such as dextrose, sucrose and fructose).
2. Drink More Water
Snack and sugar cravings are often not because you want actual sweets, but because you’re dehydrated. The signals your body creates in your mind appear very similar and it’s common to confuse the two.
The next time you feel like grabbing some sweets, grab some water instead. Have a glass of water and you may see your cravings dissipate immediately!
3. Recharge With Exercise
One reason people often struggle with giving up sugar is because they miss the jolt of energy that it gives. When you reduce or eliminate sugar from your diet, your body will want a new way to feel stimulated. Physical activity is one of your best bets.
Not only does it increase your energy levels, but exercise can also help even out your blood sugar levels. It also can release positive endorphins that uplift your mood in a way that stimulants like coffee and sugar often do.