Tips For Cutting Back on Your Sugar Intake

If there’s one ingredient that seems to be absolutely everywhere these days, it’s refined sugar. It seems obvious that the stuff would be loaded into desserts and treats, but sugar has also taken over food items that are supposed to be healthy as well, from flavored yogurt to breakfast pastries and danishes. It’s gotten to the point where many of us have started tocrave sweet, sugary foods even when our bodies don’t actually need them for any nutritional purpose or value. This has gotten so concerning that some people are actually straight up addicted to sugar, in a similar manner to people who are addicted to alcohol or illegal substances.

Even if you’re not completely addicted to sugar, chances are high that you find yourself craving something sweet at some point of every day, which could very well be sabotaging your attempts to get healthy.If you want to truly commit to living a healthy lifestyle, it’s going to be necessary and even crucial to teach yourself how to cut back on the amount of sugar you eat every day.

The recommended daily amount of sugar is 25 grams for the average person; many of us are eating well over that number. In fact, I was shocked to find out that the yogurt I normally eat for breakfast is packed with 23 grams of sugar! I know I’ve also got to learn how to limit my intake of sugar, which is why I was so glad to come across a great post on Fitbie that offered useful tips for breaking the sugar habit. The post offers a lot of easy to follow recommendations, some of which I’ve realized I can really benefit from, and I’m sure you can as well.

I think it’s safe to say that part of the reason we turn to sugar is because of sheer hunger pangs. If you’re trying to lose weight, skipping a meal may seem like a good idea to cut back on your food intake, but this is actually one of the most surefire ways to increase your weight gain.

Eliminating meals, or not eating when you’re hungry, can really make you irritable, in addition to eventually causing you to overeat as your blood sugar levels plummet. Since it’s your blood sugar levels that are going down, what do you think you’ll be craving the most? Yes, sugar. Eat healthy, protein-packed meals and snacks throughout the day to avoid this (I know that eating oatmeal in the morning keeps me full for hours afterward).

It’s scary to realize how sugar is everywhere, especially since it’s so often hidden right in plain sight. Salad dressings, pasta sauce, and ketchup all tend to have loads of sugar, even thought they absolutely don’t need it! The next time you hit the grocery store, carefully read the labels of the products you’re buying before getting sucked into the trap of an unwanted sugar overload.

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