So you’re thinking about quitting the white stuff and want to know what exactly are the benefits of quitting sugar. Well the good news is there’s quite a few.
Here’s just 5 benefits of quitting sugar.
When you consume high levels of sugar, you cause your insulin levels to spike which then causes inflammation through out the body. Inflammation then produces enzymes in your body that break down the collagen and elastin which give skin that youthful plump appearance. This will then cause your skin to look saggy and wrinkled. Digested sugar also attaches to the collagen in your skin by a process that’s called glycation. Aside from aiding in the skins ageing process, glycation can make skin conditions worse like acne and eczema.
The goods news thought is that if you cut processed sugars out your diet you’ll drastically improve your skin. Most people experience noticeable changes in as little as a week.
More energy and vitality
For me this is one of the best benefits of quitting sugar. I used to have such poor levels of energy before I quit, now my energies through the roof.
Do you ever experience those mid morning crashes or mid afternoon crashes after eating high carb or sugary snacks such as juices and cereals? This is down the something called Reactive hypoglycemia where from 1-3 hours after consuming something high in carbs or sugar you experience a drop in blood sugar which can leave you feeling tired and lethargic and feeling hungry again.
When you cut sugar from your diet and eat foods that keep your blood sugar stable your energy levels will be stable and you’ll feel good all day. Aim to eat more fats,proteins and eat less simple carbs like rice, pasta and potatoe. When ever you feel the urge to snack go for something like nuts as the fats and proteins don’t cause your insulin levels to spike which will means you won’t have a drop in blood sugar shortly after.
Decreased risk of heart attack
It’s no surprise to me that a study revealed that higher sugar consumption is linked with higher risk or heart disease. The study revealed that those who got 17 to 21 percent of calories from added sugar had a 38 percent higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared to those who consumed 8 percent of their calories from added sugar. The also found that the risk doubled for people who got 21% or more of their calories from sugar, now here’s the crazy part, the US national institute of medicines guidelines state a recommended daily sugar intake of 25%, that’s no joke. Really, who are these people who put this information together??
Cutting sugar is a good place to start if you want to cut your risk of heart disease back. When you consider that heart disease is the top killer in the US it makes sense to try cut that risk down but cutting back the sugar.
For most people this will be one of the best benefits of quitting sugar. To be honest you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that cutting out sugar will help you lose weight. For one you are going to save a whole load of calories by not eating the sugar in just the so called healthy food like juices, smoothies, cereals etc and then when you add that to all the hidden sugar in normal foods plus your regular junk food your going to be eating way less calories. And this all means you won’t be eating all that fructose and thats the stuff in sugar that gets stored straight away as fat. Yay!
And also the more natural unprocessed food you eat the more energy you’ll have to do some exercises which will help in fat loss and will make you feel good!
When I quit sugar my sleep patterns weren’t the great. I don’t know if all those naps I used to take in the day or after dinner (a common symptom of reactive hypoglycemia ) that was a contributing factor to my poor sleep at night. But one thing I do know is that now I’ve cut sugar out of my diet I don’t feel the urge to nap in the day and my sleep at night is great. I now normally sleep straight through the night and wake up fresh as a daisy early in the morning which was not the norm for me before.
With the hormones and blood levels all over the place it is not a surprise most people have trouble getting a good nights sleep. Believe me when I say that you will sleep sound as a log once you’ve quit sugar. It really does feel great to wake up buzzing with energy excited for the day ahead.
Have you quit sugar and experienced some other benefits of quitting sugar that I haven’t mentioned? If so let us know in the comments below 🙂