If one of your vices is sugar, then we can relate. We’re an absolute sucker for sweets. When there are cupcakes, cookies, chocolates, or cake in the house, all self-control goes out the window. And every now and then we try to cut back or cut sugar out completely. Nothing seems to be as difficult as cutting back on the delicious sweet snacks we crave. Even cutting out alcohol, coffee, and going vegan seems easier than saying goodbye to our sugary indulgences!
It might help to remind ourselves of the reasons many people cut back or cut sugar out completely. And we’re talking refined sugar that you find in desserts (not the kind you’ll find in a really ripe peach).
The most obvious reason for cutting back on refined sugar is that you’ll probably find it easier to lose weight or keep weight off if you’re not snacking on sweets a few times a day (as we’re prone to do). Weight gain and high sugar consumption can lead to more serious health issues like heart disease, diabetes, and higher cholesterol.
The thing about refined sugar is that it’s just ’empty calories’ with no nutritional value. Which is why you’ll probably find yourself hungry or experiencing a ‘sugar crash’ pretty quickly after snacking. Your body hasn been eating but hasn’t gotten any of the vitamins, minerals, or proteins it’s craving in the first place. And even worse, it can increase a hormone in our body that makes us feel hungrier! So that sweet delicious cupcake leaves our body craving more nutrition and will make us hungrier sooner. We also find that with the crash comes along with a cranky mood and the need for a nap too. It’s all very maddening.
When our bodies take in a high amount of sugar, our blood turns it into insulin. By producing insulin, the body initiates glucose usage by either using it as glycogen or for energy. This usage causes your glucose levels to drop, along with your energy.
If you’re spending big money on expensive skin creams and slathering on the sunscreen constantly, cutting sugar might be the next step. Sugar attaches to proteins in your bloodstream and creates degenerative molecules called AGEs (advanced glycation end products) that are detrimental to our skin’s collagen and elastin.
Not sure what to do next? Read our article on foods that help balance your blood sugar levels next!