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Why you need to quit eating sugar

27 May 2014, 05:30

I went cold turkey on sugar a few months ago and I have to say it is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. When I started working last year I gained a significant amount of weight. I put on about two jean sizes. My bum and thighs were covered in cellulite.

I am very conscious about my weight, so I monitored it on a weekly basis. After reaching 74 kg’s of body mass I decided to intervene. I went on the special K diet. I would have a bowl of cereal in the morning and in the evening. I lost one or so kilograms in two weeks which I quickly gained back after I stopped the cereal diet.

I then started living on cereal and bread, but my weight gain accelerated. I would often binge as the lack of nutrition made me feel weak and somehow starved. My appetite became uncontrollable. During the December holidays I ate as much as possible and promised myself that from January I would start afresh and shed of all the weight off.

The second week of January I decided to give up sugar and processed carbohydrates. Initially I had no strategy; I didn’t know what to eat, so I would just eat vegetables. However I felt dissatisfied and decided to add meat to my diet. I didn’t particularly have trouble quitting the processed carbs; however quitting sugar made me miserable. I felt so drained the first two weeks and wanted to murder anything or anyone that munched on a chocolate in front of me.

I used to chew gum like it was going out of fashion. Every time I had a sugar craving I would pop a gum. I was constantly hungry and felt so frustrated because I felt that I was not losing any weight because I was consuming additional calories to replace the sugary treats. I also quit alcohol which made me so frustrated and generally unhappy.

The first month I did not lose any weight, but I kept going. I started taking GI Lean meal replacement shakes to satisfy my sugar cravings. Because of the high carb content in the shakes I struggled to shed of the pounds. I then decided to stop the shakes and snacked only on nuts and raisins.

In the second month, I forgot that I had quit sugar. I got so used to munching vegetables and salads that I would literally crave salads as opposed to pasta or chocolate. I started noticing a significant drop in my body mass.  I lost about 6 kilograms in 2 months.  I know that some people may say that 6 kilograms is not enough, but I don’t exercise at all.

The only exercise I do is breaking it down at night clubs and walking from my car to the parking lot. I also consume a large amount of alcohol and I find that hinders my weight loss progress. I have no intention of quitting alcohol but I would like to do more exercises just to tone up.

I generally stick to red wine, and avoid cocktails and beers because of the high sugar content in them. I also weigh myself at least 3 times a week just to ensure that I stay on the right track.

The nice thing about quitting sugar and processed carbs is that you never feel malnourished. I eat a lot more than I used to eat before, but I mostly eat vegetable and chicken. I snack on lightly salted peanuts, unsalted almonds and lightly salted popcorns as well as peanut butter. I am not a fruit person, so I have an occasional apple and banana.

I have not given up processed carbs entirely, I have rye bread when I am too lazy to cook and I have pizza every now and then. I try and limit pizza to at least once a month or one slice a week.  Often when I am stressed I tend to crave sugar, I satisfy the sugar cravings by drinking the meal replacement shake mixed with banana and peanut butter.

Quitting sugar was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I feel sexier and confident. I don’t feel as tired and sluggish as I used to feel before. If you want to stop eating sugar I would advise that it is better to go cold turkey because the minute that you start making exceptions you will find yourself back in your old habits.

It’s not an easy journey, but in the end it will hopefully be worth it.

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