If you think going off sugar is a good idea, you’re definitely on the track towards vital and vibrant health. Removing sugar from your diet is a smart way to lose weight, increase your energy levels and improve your mood, but only if you do it the right way.
So often people get rid of sugar without really knowing what to do. Here are my top tips for making sure you get the results you’re after when you eliminate sugar.
What Not to Do
1. Don’t get rid of sugar and fat at the same time
Maybe you think you’ll kill two birds with one stone and cut fat at the same time as sugar. First of all, fat doesn’t make you fat, sugar does. Even if you eat 4 tablespoons of coconut oil in one sitting, you’ll STILL lose weight if you cut sugar. Fat is essential for stabilizing for blood sugar levels and curbing your sugar cravings, so make sure you get plenty of healthy fat at every meal.
2. Don’t drink or eat “diet” anything
Aspartame is NOT healthy and will make it so much harder for you to lose weight. It’s totally toxic and was originally invented as a type of rat poison. Practically everything labelled diet or sugar free has aspartame so stay away from anything with these labels.
3. Don’t load up on natural sugar like dried fruit and bananas
Some natural sugar is okay is there’s enough fiber to counter the insulin spike. Bananas and dried fruits like dates are notoriously high in sugar and will make it all the more difficult to eliminate cravings.
4. Don’t keep eating bread and refined carbohydrates
Bread and refined carbohydrates like pasta, potatoes and white rice, don’t look like they contain sugar, but these foods break down into sugar once digested. If you keep eating them, you’ll keep craving sugar, and you’ll wonder what you’re doing wrong.
5. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you mess up
Everyone slips up now and again. Be gentle with yourself if you make a mistake or have a weak moment and vow to keep trying. Don’t let one slip up start you on an outright binge.