How much sugar do you consume in a day? Most of us eat sugar much in excess of its recommended limit of 5% of our daily calorie intake. Sugar is addictive as it releases dopamine, the feel-good chemical in our body, the same way narcotics do. So if you find yourself craving sugar, do not be surprised!
Like any addiction, sugar addiction too needs detoxification. Detox diets are the new buzzword in the beauty and fitness industry, with juice-only, water-only or diets including so-called cleansing ingredients being touted as the panacea of all ills.These, however, are harmful as they might deprive you of necessary nutrition in the long-term. When it comes to cutting out sugar, however, a detox diet is the way to go.
The best way to break a sugar addiction is to eliminate sugar from your diet completely. Yes, you read that right. No sugar, even in your tea or coffee. While it may be very tough, it is worth it, say experts. Nutritionists say that dropping processed sugar from your diet can help you lose weight, boost your health and give you radiant skin! Unsweetened coffee beginning to sound good now?
Detox diets are essentially short-term diets. If you are looking to kick your sugar addiction, then you mist eliminate all sugar from your diet for three days, say experts. For these three days, processed sugar is of course a no-no, but starchy vegetables, diary, fruits and alcohol also must be eliminated. Artificial sugar too is not allowed to get the tongue out of the habit of tasting anything too sweet. Most of us are so used to sugar that our capacity to change natural sugar in food is dull. This three-day sugar ban can help you regain that ability.
After this, you can begin adding apples, higher-sugar vegetables, some fibre, unsweetened dairy and upto three glasses of wine to your diet in the first week. The three-day sugar will help you appreciate the natural sweetness of these foods.
In the second week, continue items of the first week, with an additional serving of unsweetened dairy and a serving of berries. Starchy vegetables are now permitted.
In the third week, re-introduce whole grains, fruits and upto 200 grams of dark chocolate per week.
The fourth week will have you back to your regular diet, sans sugar. Wheat and rice are now allowed, but steer clear of processed sugar. Beware of hidden sugars in items like sauces. With this sugar detox diet, you can break your addiction to sugar. Sugar will cease to be a part of your daily diet, while allowing you an occasional indulgence. The result, experts say, is visibly improved health.
Convinced? Commit to the sugar detox diet for the next month and reap its benefits!
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