Have you been considering cutting back on your sugar intake? Maybe it’s an article you read online, something you heard in the media or perhaps your doctor’s suggestion that’s spurred this interested in cutting back on sugar. Whatever the reason is, good for you. If you are on the fence, maybe this article will help you make the final decision to say good-bye to sugar or at least cut back.
Here are four great reasons why you should do a sugar detox and do what you can to avoid consuming sugar as much as possible.
- Consuming Sugar Spikes Your Insulin
Insulin is the hormone that is in charge of keeping your blood sugar levels from rising too high and converting extra sugar into fat for storage. When you digest sugar, your insulin spikes. When you consume sugar in large quantities, it causes your insulin to spike and essentially digest more than it is designed to handle. Overtime, it becomes less effective and can then begin to negatively impact your health.
2. Consuming Sugar Makes You Gain Weight
Sugar adds many unnecessary calories to food that can cause weight gain. This is not just from eating cakes and cookies.
Since the late seventies, when health authorities advised consumers to watch and lower their fat intake, the food industry has provided us with all sorts of low fat and fat free food options. To make these low fat foods taste ok, they had to add a lot of sugar.
Take a look at regular and low fat or fat free salad dressing. The lower fat options have a lot more carbs and in particular, sugar. You may not taste it, but it is there. Since sugar is much more quickly digested than fat, you are hungry sooner after consuming a low fat meal and you eat again. The result can be weight gain.
3. Consuming Sugar Increases Your Risk for Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
With all that increased sugar and weight gain comes a higher risk for diabetes and a condition called metabolic syndrome. Metabolic Syndrome is a group of symptoms and behaviors that put you at a much higher risk of developing heart disease and Type II diabetes.
Thankfully, both conditions are reversible and the first step toward better health is to cut out the sugar.
4. Sugar Doesn’t Have a Lot of Nutritional Value And It Makes You Hungrier
Finally yet importantly, it is important to remember that aside from a little boost of energy, sugar does not provide a lot of nutritional value to your body. If you want something sweet, you are much better off grabbing a piece of fruit than a cookie. At least with a piece of fruit you are getting some vitamins and fiber with your sugar fix.
If you want or need to lose weight, the first thing you should cut out is sugar. It causes spikes in your blood sugar, that then make your body produce a large amount of insulin to pull the sugar out of your system (and convert it to body fat). The sad little side effect of that process is that your blood sugar goes on a roller coaster ride that will leave you hungry and craving more treats that are sugary.