Is sugar bad for you? The short answer is no, but the way that we consume it on a regular basis is. Sugar is a form of fast energy that your body uses to quickly give your cells a burst of quick energy. The more sugar you eat, the more quick energy you will have.
If you consume too much sugar, your body will react in two ways. First, it will store the excess sugar energy as fat. Second, it will store everything else you eat as fat in favor of using the quick-burning power of sugar. Eventually, if you continue to eat a diet high in sugar, your body will become overweight, and have an influx of sugar that can lead to insulin imbalances, blood sugar spikes, and other consequences that can lead to serious health risks, including diabetes.
There many benefits to reducing your sugar intake. Refined sugar is typically an empty calorie, leading to a desire to consume more food and calories than your body needs. Sugar can interfere with some of the other processes that your body requires. Sugar can cause an unhealthy addiction that leads to excessive sugar consumption. There are many other reasons to avoid sugar as well.
Getting Rid of Sugar
Obviously, too much sugar is bad. But when you start to reduce the amount of sugar in your body, you begin to notice just how prevalent it really is! Forms of sugar are added to nearly everything, in the form of sucrose, lactose, fructose, glucose, and other varieties. If the word ends in “ose” it is likely a form of sugar. Look at the label for a common ingredient such as spaghetti sauce. There are probably three or more kinds of sugar in that one ingredient- and that is supposed to be a dinner food!
So, how do you reduce your sugar intake? The process is hardly easy, with so many foods containing added sugars, but you can do it. The first step is awareness. Find the sugar content in all the foods that you normally consume. Fruits, yogurt, dried fruit, candy, sweets, breads, and processed foods typically contain extremely high levels of sugar.
You have to be careful to pick a sugar free substitute of all the everyday products you’d normally buy. When you are first controlling your sugar intake, reduce the amount of fruits, treats, and processed foods that you eat. This is maybe the easiest way of starting it.
Try these steps to reduce your sugar intake and cravings:
Make a sugar identity: Verbally reinforce the concept that you will eat less sugar. Make positive and specific statements so you feel encouraged by the words. Just stating that you are in control can help resist unhealthy cravings.
Track your cravings: Find out why you crave sugar. Did you forget to eat a meal, stay up too late, or feel bored? These situations are not a good reason to consume sugar.
Create easy-to-follow rules: Each day, follow a specific rule; such as, I will replace one soda with water or today, I will have one sugary snack and no more.
There are many reasons why cutting back on sugar is a wise idea not only on a personal level, but for the whole society too. With all the sugar in the world, resisting it can be a challenge, but you may be surprised at how much better you feel without it. Even if you can’t get rid of sugar totally, reducing sugar intake significantly will contribute to your improved health and well-being so it is worth a try.