Quitting Sugar Can Be Hard… So Use These 7 Simple Tips To Eat Less Sugar (The Easy Way)
Sugar is definitely one thing that I’ve never thought I could live without – even though it’s empty calories! Some days, I just crave it!
If you’re like me, you’ve probably struggled to cut out sugar.
But the good news is that there are some easy ways to reduce your sugar intake… and even stop you from craving those empty calories! It’s a lot easier than I ever thought – it just takes a bit of discipline.
You don’t even have to totally cut out sugar (just make sure you aren’t having too much of it!)
The first thing to remember is that there are some sneaky phrases and names for sugar. Evaporated cane juice, brown rice syrup, barley malt, and glucose are all other ways that companies label sugar.
Next, exactly how much sugar is okay for you to consume?SPECIAL: This Scientific Trick Can Reduce Your Belly Fat By 8.5% in Just 12 Weeks…
One teaspoon of sugar has four grams in it. Men shouldn’t have over nine teaspoons a day, and women should try to avoid eating more than six teaspoons a day.
I know this sounds like a super small amount, but it’s actually more than you think!
An easy way to think about this is that you shouldn’t have more than 10 percent of your daily calories from sugar. If you can get as low at five percent, that’s even better! This advice comes from the World Health Organization.
It can definitely be hard, because that’s not a lot of sugar per day! But it’s totally doable.
7 Simple Tips For Eating Less Sugar
Here are some great, simple tips on the best ways to cut down on your sugar intake and start living a healthier lifestyle:
1) Try to cut back your intake slowly.
It can be super hard to give something like this up all at once… so slowly change your diet and cut the sugar one step at a time!BRAND-NEW: Research Shows These 3 Sugar Substitutes Are Best For Burning Fat (Plus 2 You Should NEVER Eat)
2) Substitute other flavors & spices for sugar.
One way to cut back on sugar is to start substituting it for things that taste similar… but are way healthier. Lemon, unsweetened cocoa powder, and cinnamon are all pretty good substitutes for sugar.
3) Cut out soda!
This has been super tough for me because I love soda. One thing that’s worked well is changing it up for some carbonated water. I still get the bubbles, but not all that sugar!
4) Get into the dark chocolate!
Personally, I don’t think that I could ever fully cut out sweets.
The great thing about dark chocolate is that it’s less sugary and fatty, so if you feel the need to have some sweets, go for the dark chocolate. Delicious!
5) Cook more!
Processed foods tend to have more sugar in them because it can help increase how long they will stay good for.
The fresher food you have, the better! Try adding in more fresh fruit to your breakfast – that’s one easy way.TRENDING: Science Reveals Easy, No-Workout Ways to Lose Weight… While You Snooze!
6) Eat more fruit.
Speaking of fruit, this is a great addition!
Fresh fruit is great, and canned fruits isn’t bad either (as long as it’s in water or natural juice.) Add fruit to your daily diet in place of sugared foods, and your body will thank you!
7) Cut down on how many “bad” snacks you eat.
Just like substituting things that taste similar, try to start by eating just a little less of those unhealthy (but delicious) junk foods.
It’s a lot easier to cut back on sugar this way!
Why You Should Eat Less Sugar
So, why exactly is sugar so bad for you?
Sugar has a ton of calories in it. It can cause poor cholesterol and increase your risk for coronary heart disease. Sugar may also increase inflammation, which is bad for the heart. It can cause tooth decay, too. Not fun!
This study found that sugar has a huge effect on your cholesterol. People who consume more added sugars have less “good” cholesterol. You want your levels of “good” cholesterol to be higher because it takes up extra “bad” cholesterol.
Another study showed that even if you aren’t overweight, eating too much sugar can increase your chances of dying from heart disease. Sure, sugar is sweet… but the risks far outweigh how good it tastes!SPECIAL: These 3 Delicious Smoothie Recipes Are Specially Designed To Burn Off More Fat… So You Lose More Weight
There’s a lot of other reasons why sugar is so bad. Perhaps the main takeaway is that there is NO nutritional value in sugar.
So, when I said it’s “empty calories” earlier, it literally is! You don’t get any health benefits from sugar.
At the end of the day, it’s super hard to totally avoid sugar. But, we can all do our best to cut it down and live a healthier lifestyle. For example, substituting natural sugars that are found in foods like fruit are way better than processed sugars.
Not only is it better for your health, but it’s better for weight loss too! Since it’s all empty calories, sugar could possibly be really killing your weight loss goals.
Take it from me and cut out the extra sugar. Your body will thank you, and your weight loss goals may start to soar!
3 Surprising Sugar Substitutes That Taste Sweet (And Are Actually Good For You)
It’s no secret, there are a lot of sugar substitutes out there…
And some of them are better than others.
I know a lot of people on a low or no-sugar diet still reach for that daily Diet Coke, for example (I personally used to do this)…
Not knowing that it was actually SABOTAGING their weight loss goals.
Did you know that aspartame, the sweetener used in Diet Coke and many other “diet” drinks, has been shown by science to cause weight GAIN?
By putting the word “diet” in there, millions of people are being misled, thinking they are making healthy choices…
But instead, you might get a headache, “unexplained” cravings, or feel tired after drinking sugar-free beverages sweetened with it…
And even worse, it’s holding you back from the weight loss you could have had with other, healthier options.
So we put together this list of 3 “safe” sugar substitutes you can use to satisfy your sweet tooth, WITHOUT stalling your progress or causing any of those nasty side effects…