Sugar, or excess sugar is dangerous because its sweetness makes it hard to discard. In excess it causes serious ailments like heart diseases and diabetes. Here are a few tips to get you started on your journey to less sugar:
- Take it one step at a time. One of our biggest weaknesses is soda and other sweet drinks. For the first week, make a conscious effort to reduce your soda intake by one can/bottle a day. When you get used to that, take further steps like swapping your sweetened breakfast cereal for something more natural, like fruit. Keep looking for low-glycemic alternatives to the food and drinks you’re used to, and take it slow.
- Get lots of exercise. The recommended daily amount of sugar intake for one day is 40 grams — that’s around 10 teaspoons, or the amount of sugar in a can of soda. But you can make do with a higher amount if you exercise regularly; it means you’re burning more of the harmful stuff.
- Go for more natural sources of sugar, such as fruit and milk. While you should take less than 40 grams of added sugar a day, it’s considered okay to take up to 100 grams of natural sugar a day. But while natural sugar is better than added sugar, it still pays to watch your intake nonetheless.
- Look for good sugar-free, appetite-suppressing supplements to manage your cravings more easily. Acai berry, that wonder-fruit from Brazil, can help you with this. Acai has very little sugar and is packed with nutrients such as protein and fiber, which make you feel full longer.
If you have more questions or feel you need more help here’s a very useful 21-Day Sugar Detox program I highly recommend.