Carbohydrates and fats aren’t the only culprits causing a spike in your weight. The sugar you consume everyday is equally to blame.

While moderate sugar consumption poses no health risk, the average person consumes high quantities of sugar – perhaps without even knowing it.

The popularity of foods containing added sugars, such as sodas, breakfast cereals, packaged drinks, salad dressings, flavored yogurts and candy, contributes significantly to sugar overload in the body.

Another source of sugar is simple carbohydrates. Foods like honey, pure fruit juices, raisins, mangoes and bananas are rich in simple carbohydrates.

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We usually think of these as healthy, but the body quickly uses simple carbohydrates for energy, causing a spike in blood sugar that can have adverse health effects.

An over-consumption of sugar also hampers the body’s nutritional intake.

Sugar Overdose

The most common signs of too much sugar are:

– Hyperactivity
– Tiredness
– Yeast infections
– Depression
– Headaches
– Sinus problems
– Mental disorientation
– Sleepiness

When a person consumes too much sugar, the risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes is much higher.

Weight Gain and Sugar

If you consume too much sugar, your body will use some of it to convert it into energy and the rest will be stored as a fat.

Artificial sugar differs from natural sugar. It ends up in the intestine and increases the blood sugar level and converts into fat.

The fat is usually accumulated around your waist, thighs and hips.

Skip Moderation, Quit Completely

If you want to get rid of sugar addiction then you must stop consuming sugar completely. But you must be aware that you will probably have symptoms as any other addict: headaches, fatigue, cravings and sadness.

When you are sugar addict you will experience these symptoms after the meal is digested. You will feel cravings and you will feel as you are hungry again. Then usually a sugar addict will reach for something sweet.

As long as you consume sweets whenever you feel hungry the headaches, the sadness and nausea will go away and you will instantly feel better.

But you must be persistent and do not consume sugar whenever you feel the cravings to break this endless cycle. Try to reduce sugar intake gradually. Try avoiding one by one sugar product at a time.

Day 1

Breakfast: 1 cup of oats with berries and almonds or seeds/ or 3 eggs (scrambled or boiled)
Morning snack: 1 small bowl of nuts
Lunch: chicken breast with cooked, butternut squash, carrots, beets, parsnips, turnips, beans and almonds
Dinner: broiled fish with one bowl green beans/ or salmon with fried broccoli and mushrooms

Day 2

Breakfast: 1 cup of steel cut oats with berries and seeds or almonds – OR – 3 scrambled eggs with spinach (sautéed)
Mid-morning snack: A small bowl of nuts
Lunch: Grilled zucchini with red and yellow peppers and a dressing of lemon, vinegar and thyme – OR -A shredded green and red cabbage salad tossed with shredded carrots, drizzled with a dressing of olive oil, lemon juice and salt, and garnished with chopped parsley
Dinner: Steamed green vegetables of your choice with a vegetable casserole and bean soup – OR – Baked cod with stir-fried bok choy and roasted Brussels sprouts and turnips

Day 3

Breakfast: 1 cup of steel cut oats with berries and seeds or almonds – OR – A 3-egg omelette with shrimp and a sautéed kale, radish and walnut salad
Mid-morning snack: A small bowl of nuts
Lunch: Pan-roasted chicken thighs with rosemary, sage and lemon – OR – Oven-roasted chicken with onion, black olives, and thyme
Dinner: Mushroom heads with a broth of garlic, onion, carrots, celery, thyme and bay leaves- OR- Penne pasta (made of brown rice) with a mushroom, basil and tomato meat sauce

Sugar Detox Drinks

If you eliminate sweetened drinks from your nutrition, you stop the addiction. Moreover, replace the sugared fruit juices with detoxification waters and healthy hot mixtures that will boost you and you won’t feel deprived of your liquid intake.

Detox water: slice or chop one of these fruits: grapefruits, blueberries, strawberries or oranges, also some fresh rosemary or mint and put them in a medium- size mason jar of filtered water. Store it and drink it every day.

Tea: Unsweetened herbal or green tea, 3 times per day

Coffee: only 1 cup of unsweetened black coffee daily

Things to Remember:

– Avoid products like: maple syrup, honey, agave nectar and sweeteners and all forms of artificial sweeteners. If you consume even a little bit, you will want more.
– Be ready to fight against the cravings!
– Instead of consuming high-carbohydrate foods like white bread and fruit juices, start eating low- carbohydrate foods like whole grain. They will regulate the blood sugar level thus preventing sugar overload and sugar cravings.
– Always use extra-virgin olive oil for cooking.
– Try consuming 2 ounces of nuts and seeds every day. Be sure to also consume flaxseeds and walnuts.
– Also consume 1 large bowl of cooked green vegetables every day. You must be sure that you provide your body with enough nutrients and micronutrients which is important in the fight against the addiction.
– It is also recommended to consume a large bowel of green salad every day with a healthy dressing.
– Eat at least ½ cup of beans like lentils and chickpeas every day. It is not a familiar fact that beans reduce the sugar cravings.
– We all know that drinking plenty of water is good for you!

When you have successfully completed this three-day detoxification program, your depression, fatigue and headaches will disappear and you will see that it is possible to live without a daily sugar “fix”! The next step that you need to take is to talk to a nutritionist or a doctor in order to figure out a longer diet plan so that you can keep the sugar addiction at bay, and begin including healthier forms of sugar such as fruits, dry fruits and numerous low-sugar desserts.