Sugar is full of empty calories and too much of it in our diets leads to weight gain, low energy, and an increased risk of developing illnesses such as diabetes. But it’s not easy to cut it out of your diet, so here we have seven tips to help you cut down gradually and break your addiction to the sweet stuff!
1. Don’t Go Cold Turkey
The more sugar in your diet, the harder it will be to overcome your cravings. So, cutting down slowly is the best way to stop your sugar addiction. If you normally snack on a candy bar each day, cut it down to one every other day, then next week limit yourself to one every two days, continuing like this until you’re down to one a week or less. If you normally take two sugars in your tea or coffee, use the same routine and gradually cut down to 1 ½ for a week, then one, then half a teaspoon, until you get to the point that you don’t need sugar at all.
2. Start The Day Right
Breakfast cereals are notorious for promoting their health benefits such as how they’re fortified with vitamins, but that doesn’t stop them being full of sugar and actually not good for you at all. Choose right by opting for a breakfast cereal with less than 8 grams pf sugar per serving, or preferably, one that’s unsweetened altogether such as steel-cut oatmeal, and then use sliced fruit or cinnamon to sweeten your bowl.
3. Don’t Fall For Low Fat
You may think that you’re choosing wisely by opting for low fat versions of foods such as yogurt and peanut butter, but when manufacturers remove fat from foods such as these, they have to put in something to make the product taste better, which means adding in a ton of sugar. The fats in peanut butter are good fats so you shouldn’t be looking for low fat versions of this; instead, go for natural peanut butter which just lists peanuts and salt as ingredients, and remember to make sure that your yogurt is unsweetened.
4. Make Rules Around Trigger Foods
This means not keeping cookies and cakes at home, and making your freezer an ice-cream free zone – ice cream in the freezer is the ultimate temptation! Instead, save ice cream as a treat worth travelling for and you’ll be less inclined to snack on it during the evening.
5. Make Soups, Sauces & Spreads From Scratch
Products such a ketchup, barbecue sauce, dressings, jams, soups and pasta sauces often contain a lot of hidden sugar, and in many cases these foods are just as tasty without. Try to make your own versions of these foods as much as possible and leave out the sugar; if you think whatever you’re making needs a little sweetness, substitute applesauce or pureed prunes for half the sugar in recipes. If you don’t have time to make them from scratch then look for unsweetened or low sugar versions of your favorites in store.
6. No More Soda
Soda is one of the worst culprits when it comes to sugar consumption and weight gain as people fail to realize just how many calories they’re drinking without satisfying their appetite or their thirst at all. And it’s no use switching to diet soda as the artificial sweeteners in diet soda are thought to increase appetite and heighten sugar cravings, inevitably leading to weight gain when compared to those who don’t drink diet soda. Instead, you should drink plenty of water to keep yourself of hydrated and ensure that your body is working at its optimum level. However, if you find all that water a little boring then why not try our product, Phen Drink, to give a sweet fruity flavor to your eight glasses a day while also boosting your metabolism and helping to suppress your appetite without any carbs, sugar or calories. Phen Drink is naturally sweetened with stevia and lo han fruit so it won’t have the same effect on your body as the artificial sweeteners in diet soda.
7. Savor Your Indulgences
Much like saving ice cream as a treat worth travelling for, when you do allow yourself a sweet treat, make it decadent but in tiny portions. Think of strawberries dipped into melted high-cocoa-content dark chocolate, a scattering of chocolate over plain unsweetened yogurt, or a square of dark chocolate straight from the freezer so it lasts longer in your mouth. Really appreciating your treats while you cut down on sugar in other areas means that you’ll limit yourself to true indulgences and savor them all the more since your sugar addition will begin to reduce as you gradually cut down your intake.
Are you ready to say no to sugar? Let us know how you’re trying to cut down on sugar by commenting below.