Losing weight can be incredibly difficult. If you’ve tried and failed as many times as I have, you’ll know what I’m talking about!
Not only is eating well and exercising consistently a true test of willpower, but if you follow the wrong advice, you could find yourself without any real results. Even worse, bad diet advice can make you gain weight.
We’re all familiar with the scary statistics – being overweight means you’re at a much higher risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes and more. It’s critical for you to learn the truth about the food you eat to drop those pounds and keep them off – permanently.
I’m going to share one tip that finally turned my dieting efforts around after years of trying. I’m talking about cutting down on sugar. This tiny changed helped me lose 100 lbs, and it can work for you too!
Sugar Hides Everywhere!
If you’ve ever experienced the infuriating “diet but no weight loss” phenomenon, chances are the culprit behind it is sugar.
“But I cut out desserts months ago”, I hear you say. That’s great, but unfortunately your sugar intake is probably much higher than you realise.
The average American takes in a staggering 22 teaspoons of sugar a day.Much of that is sugar added to ready-made foods. A large proportion aren’t even “sweet” foods – savoury soups and sauces are shockingly high in sugar.
So how do you avoid sugar overload? Here are 5 effective methods for removing sugar from your diet once and for all.
Tip # 1: Cut Out Sweet Drinks
Like me, are you partial to a seasonally flavoured frappuccino on a hot summer morning? Perhaps you go for the bottled water with a fruity taste if you can’t stomach it plain. Although you could doworse, these drinks contain a TON of sugar.
If you’re serious about weight loss, replace them with an iced black coffee, unsweetened tea or some cucumber infused water. You’ll get used to the taste after a few tries and your waistline will thank you.
Tip # 2: Learn to Identify Sugar on Nutrition Labels
You’ve checked all the items in your pantry for the word sugar in the lists of ingredients and dumped the main offenders. That’s great! Unfortunately it’s not going to cut it if you want major results. You’ll have to dig a bit deeper.
You must scan for words like syrup, malt, honey, caramel, cane molasses, nectar, and juice as well. All of these equate to added sugar.
Any word that ends in –ose is a form of sugar too. Say no to dextrose, fructose, and sucrose!
Tip # 3: Cut Out Processed Foods
Processed foods almost always contain tons of added sugar. The billion dollar food corporations know that Americans are addicted to sugar, so they pump it into everything to make their products more appealing.
To lose weight and keep your body healthy, you need to stick to whole foods. Whole foods are more desirable because tons of vitamins, minerals and nutrients are lost in processing.
Tip # 4: Be Careful When Eating Out
Restaurant meals feel like an indulgent treat for a reason – They contain lots of delicious fats like butter and full fat cream along with flavourings that make you want more and more. Unfortunately, this isn’t good for your health.
Restaurants often include lots of sugar in their recipes for sauces and dressings. I always ask for them “on the side” so I can limit the quantity while still adding a decent flavour.
Tip # 5: Eat a Well-Rounded Diet
Making sure that your diet is well balanced will control your sugar cravings and hunger pangs. Plenty of protein, fiber, healthy fats, and vital nutrients can train your brain to be satisfied without sugar.
Final Thoughts on Sugar
Cutting out sugar won’t be easy. It’s difficult to imagine dessert with no added sugar, but it can be done! If you start today, careful moderation of the food you’re eating will be second nature in no time.
When you start seeing results on the scales, your motivation will skyrocket too. From there on, you’ll be on a clear path to success!