Healthline calls sugar the single worst ingredient in the modern diet.
Eating too much sugar increases your risk of dying from heart disease. A major study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association discusses the results of the 15-year study.
Sugar is bad for you because has been linked to depression, high cholesterol, and it even causes wrinkles and sagging skin. It is inextricably linked to type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and it accelerates the aging process both inside your body and out.
Sometimes you don’t believe something until you experience it for yourself. That’s the case with giving up sugar. You won’t fully comprehend why sugar is bad for you unless you give it up. It is life altering. It’s as if the clouds lift and you can finally see the world and yourself clearly. We all know the downsides of sugar and how it harms your health.
Let’s focus on the positive and share the amazing benefits of living without sugar.
If you go cold turkey, you may notice weight loss at the rate of almost a pound a day. This isn’t a guaranteed weight loss estimate, but you will lose weight. I lost 20 pounds in 30 days.
When your body has to turn to other sources of energy, it begins to burn fat. Your metabolism speeds up and suddenly you’re burning more calories than you’re taking in. Sugar adds needless calories to your diet.
Studies have been conducted on adolescents, and those who cut sugar out of their diets had a miraculous reduction in acne. Even adolescent boys with cystic acne found that their skin cleared up after eliminating sugar.
Acne aside, adults also experience a change in their complexion. You’ll see a new vitality, texture, and color to your skin. Many women claim that they look and feel about twenty years younger when they quit sugar.
Energy to Spare
Not only will you sleep more restfully when you quit sugar, you’ll also have an abundance of energy. For me, this was truly amazing! I woke up in the mornings refreshed and, surprisingly, not hungry.
Most people go through a mid-day slump. It happens after lunch and before dinner, usually around one or two o’clock. They then turn to caffeine or a sugary snack to help get them through the day. When you quit sugar, this slump disappears. You’ll feel a balanced energy level all day long.
Improved Immune System
Sugar causes systemic or body-wide inflammation. Inflammation is the foundation for all disease. Your body is essentially trying to constantly repair damaged tissues, processes, and systems. All of this activity is stressful. Systems change, cells change, and diseases like diabetes and cancer form.
Not only that, but it taxes your immune system. You catch colds and viruses more easily because your body is exhausted from battling the effects of too much sugar. Cut out the sugar and your health improves. You don’t get sick as often, if at all, which also provides the side benefit of fewer visits to the doctor and the pharmacy.
The absence of sugar also seems to help provide mental and emotional clarity. You’re no longer troubled with a foggy mind or an inability to concentrate. You’ll feel more emotionally stable and in control over your moods.
Again, it’s difficult to understand these benefits until you experience them for yourself.
After going without added sugar for 30 days, my taste buds changed. One day I decided to have a beer with lunch. And it had been about 40 days since drinking a beer. So I was looking forward to drinking one of my favorite brands, Heineken. I never considered a Heineken lager beer to be sweet. But that day, it seemed overly sweet. Needless to say, I did not finish it.
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