There are many changes you can make to cut sugar from your diet. The following are three small changes that can have huge results:
- Drink more water instead of sugary drinks. Cut sodas out completely if possible or at least limit soda intake. Drink a full glass of water before each meal in addition to water throughout the day. This will also make you feel fuller so you eat less. You can even add lemon or mint to your water to give it a refreshing taste.
- Next, snack on fruits instead of chips and junk food that contain tons of sugar. Baked goods are the worst! Plus, you will benefit from the vitamins and minerals rather than the added sugar in the processed food.
- Third, plan your meals so that you don’t end up splurging on junk. If you are going to be out on the road, take healthy snacks with you like cut up vegetables or fruit. Yes, it’s easier to crab a candy bar or bag of chips, but in the long run, you will pay for it with your health and weight. Also, plan your daily meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. East lots of lean meats and vegetables and stay away from starchy foods that are fully of sugar.
Unfortunately, the obesity rate in this country is astronomical! It is all due to the amount of sugar we consume and this directly contributes to diseases such as cancer and heart disease that we see so much of these days. It is so critical that we cut sugar from our diets in order to see positive changes in our society.
The average American consumes three times the recommended daily amount of sugar a day and in order to cut down, you can incorporate the above recommended changes to your diet as well as follow a few tips:
- Don’t skip meals. Your blood sugar levels drop when you skip meals and then you being to crave those high sugar foods.
- Eat fat free if you need to have something sweet so you get the calories from the taste you want and not from the fat.
- Try soda water instead of soda on occasion if you need to have that feeling of drinking a soft drink.
- Exercise when you have a craving for something sweet. Your craving will decline after exercise like taking a walk or running.
- Buy sugar-free condiments and sweets if you are really craving sweet treats. However, consume in moderate amounts because they still have calories!
- Do not buy ice cream and desserts. Save this for special treats outside the home and for special occasions. This will eliminate the temptation to eat it every day if it’s right under your nose. If it’s there, you will eat it. If you don’t buy it, you will eat less of it. Eat fruits every night after a meal as a dessert. This will allow you the feeling of eating something sweet without all the bad sugar.
Making just a few small changes can make a huge difference. If America gets on board and we all begin to make positive changes to our diets, then maybe we can recover from drowning in obesity!