While there’s nothing “really” wrong with indulging in a craving for a scoop of ice cream or margarita every so often, too much sugar has negative health effects and can be detrimental to weight loss.
Naturally occurring sugars in things like fruits, vegetables, and dairy are much more nutritious than added sugars because they come with important vitamins and nutrients, as well as fiber and protein that slow their digestion and make them a more steady source of energy.
Finding ways to swap added sugar for naturally occurring sugar (or to cut down on sugar altogether) is a good idea for both your energy levels and your overall health.
Here are simple ways to get started:
- Use fruit and cinnamon to sweeten foods
- Read ALL nutritional labels carefully
- Skip the sugar in your coffee – opt for good quality tasty coffee or choose stevia to sweeten
- Cut back on sugar when baking. Use alternative options to sweeten
- Get rid of pop (soda), swap for flavored seltzer water
- Don’t allow yourself to eat sugar unless you have eaten 5 healthy meals in a row without added sugar
- Just commit and do it – it is tough but your health is worth it