This is a question that most everyone has struggled with if they want to lose weight. The question itself is very simple. It’s just a simple question. And it really only requires a yes or no answer. But behind the sentence, there are so many emotions. The person asking the question of themselves will respond in many different ways. And if they are like me, they will come up with many reasons as to why not to give up sugar.
You see, quitting sugar isn’t so simple. Sugar is not just something that adds sweetness to foods that we eat. It is an entire addiction that has affected many people for years.
My personal experience as a sugar addict is that it is nearly impossible to stop eating it unless you are emotionally ready to make the changes needed to stop. Sugar addiction doesn’t always affect our body (at least not right away) but it also affects our mind. We have to make the physical switch (stop eating sugar) and mentally switch to changing our mindset. Changing the mindset takes work, time and effort. But the first step is really in accepting that you are addicted.
How do you know if you might have a problem with sugar? It is pretty simple really. If you think it would be difficult to give up sugar for any reason, then you probably have a problem with sugar. And by sugar, I mean carbs and foods that have sugar as the first ingredient.
For example pasta, bread, and fruit. Could you give those up? Many people can’t. But they are all very addictive.
And by the way, if you are overweight, you probably have a problem with sugar.
The answer to “Should I Stop Eating Sugar?” is extremely personal. But to help you decide if you are ready, let’s talk about some of the benefits of kissing sugar goodbye…
- You will begin feeling better. You will have more energy and will no longer have afternoon crashes.
- You will lose weight. It is a no-brainer that sugar makes you fat. Eliminate it from the diet and you will get thin.
- Once cravings diminish, you will have control over what you eat. You will be able to stop binge eating.
- You will be more satisfied and less hungry. (Sugar is empty calories)
- You will have better dental checkups and fewer cavities.
- You will be healthier.
- You will have better skin.
- You may be adding years to your life.
- You could prevent diabetes down the road. Or possibly reverse it as in the case of my boyfriend Brian and our friend Steve. Yes! It can be done!
On the other hand, let’s talk about why you may not be ready to quit sugar.
- It is too hard. This is the number one reason people don’t quit. Because sugar is addictive, it can make you feel crappy when you eliminate it from your diet. You may have a sugar crash where cravings are out of control. It is hard to work through the feeling of sickness often referred to as keto flu.
- Some people feel like they will be depriving themselves of the taste of sweetness and they may miss out on some of the social things.
- It will be challenging when your spouse or family still eat carbs and you don’t.
- Some people think that it is more expensive and more difficult to shop and prepare healthier foods.
- It takes too much time to get healthy, or learn how to get healthy.
- “My family won’t eat this way.”
- I eat out too much to do low carb.
There are many more….but really all of them are excuses, not real reasons. See what I mean. Quitting sugar isn’t about the sugar, it is about the mindset and all the excuses that come with it. If you want to lose weight, I suggest reading everything you can about low carb, high fat. Learn how your body works and why your weight got so physically out of control.
Also, I suggest focusing on your mindset. I highly recommend reading Food Crazy Mind as this book really helps you to zero in on your relationship with food.
So to answer your question, “Should I give up sugar”?
You are the person who walks around in your body. Either you are ready to get healthy or your not.
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