Adding several pounds to your weight is mostly caused by carbohydrates and fats, but you may not know that sugar is a great culprit, too.
You are not at risk if you consume sugar in moderate amounts, but people consume plenty of sugar without even knowing it. Nowadays, sugar is added in many foods and drinks, such as sodas, breakfast cereals, pouch juices, salad dressings, yogurts and candy.
Sugar is part of some foods, such as honey, pure fruit juice, raisins, mango, and bananas, which are classified as simple carbohydrates.
Extra sugar has many negative side-effects like: hyperactivity and consequent fatigue, depressive moods, yeast infections, colds, headaches, sinus problems, disorientation and sleeplessness. Also, chronic over-consumption sugar can raise the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, and even breast cancer.
SUGAR CONSUMPTION AND WEIGHT GAIN
The excessive amount of sugar is used by our bodies. The body uses part of it for energy, while the rest that is not needed is stored as fat. When people consume a lot of sugar it results with unnecessary fat on the waist, hips, face and thighs.
SAY NO TO SUGAR
Quitting sugar is a rather difficult task. Some experts say that it’s virtually impossible to quit or stop the addiction of sugar if you don’t stop consuming it completely. Many people try to exclude sugar from the diets, and they usually experience symptoms including: headaches, sadness, queasiness, cravings and fatigue. If someone has sugar addiction, these symptoms appear after a meal. The body experiences sugar cravings and the body is sending signals to the brain that it is hungry.
For the most part, sugar addicts will consume something sweet again. But this is the worst – when the person satisfies the cravings for sugar, the symptoms – headaches, sadness and other similar feelings will fade and will feel better. Don’t forget: if you want to quit sugar, you must exclude it completely.
3 DAYS SUGAR DETOX PLAN
Breakfast: 1 cup of oats with berries and almonds/seeds/or 3 eggs (scrambled or boiled).
Morning snack: 1 bowl of nuts.
Lunch: Chicken breast with cooked butternut squash, carrots, beets, parsnips, turnips, beans and almonds.
Dinner: Broiled fish with a bowl of green beans or salmon with fried broccoli and mushrooms.
Breakfast: A cup of oats with seeds, berries and almonds, or spinach with three eggs (scrambled).
Snack: Small bowl of nuts
Lunch: Zucchini with red and yellow peppers together with lemon dressing, thyme and vinegar, or a red or green shredded cabbage salad and carrots, olive oil, salt dressing and lemon juice and chopped parsley
Dinner: Bean soup, vegetable casserole, and steamed vegetables, or bok choy with baked cod and roasted turnips and Brussels sprouts
Breakfast: A cup of oats (steel-cut) with almonds, berries and seeds, or radish, sauteed kale and walnut salad, shrimp and three fried eggs
Snack: A bowl of nuts (small)
Lunch: Chicken thighs roasted in a pan with lemon, sage and rosemary or chicken roasted in an oven with black olives, thyme and onion.
Dinner: Vegetable broth with onion, garlic, celery, carrots, bay leaves and thyme with mushroom heads or penne pasta with basil, mushroom and tomato sauce (you can also add meat)
SUGAR DETOX DRINKS
There are several drinks that you can use as an alternative to sugary drinks.
Chop one of these: grapefruits, blueberries, strawberries, or oranges, including some fresh rosemary or mint. Add them to a jar with water. Store and drink it every day.
Tea: consume unsweetened herbal or green tea 3 times on a daily basis.
Coffee: you should not consume more than 1 cup of unsweetened black coffee daily.
After these 3 days you will see that the headaches, depression and fatigue are totally gone and you will see that you can live without sugar. It is time for you to start consume healthy sugars like dry fruit, fresh fruit or other desserts with low sugar level. You will feel very refreshed and healthier.