4 Things That Will Happen To Your Body When You Quit Sugar
Quitting sugar isn’t easy but the benefits are worth it!
If you’ve stumbled across this article then be warned, it’s not going to be sweet! And if you’re continuing to read, then you probably know that sugar consumption can have long-term effects on your health and it’s not an easy habit to quit; especially if you’re addicted to it. While sugar is delicious and can make you feel good emotionally, eating too much of it can have a significant impact on your body and health.
It is also important to note that processed sugars are different from natural sugars found in fruit, honey, and unsweetened milk. Process sugars are high in calories and have no real nutritional value. So if you’ve made the decision to cut sugar from you life; then read on to see how your body will react to reduced sugar intake.
1. You’ll start looking younger
Sugar = wrinkles! Enough said. Sugar molecules attach to and deform the collagen and elastic in our skin. Both collagen and elastin are two main proteins that give our skin its supple properties and youthful glow, so it’s important to preserve them as much as possible. According to studies, your skin will start glowing within 14 days of giving up sugar.
2. You’ll shed pounds
On average, we consume at least 22 spoons of added sugar a day, which is around 350 calories. Sugar is addictive, so when we reduce the amount we eat it halts cravings and in turn we consume fewer calories and lose weight. Weight loss after cutting sugar from your diet will often happen within the first week! (now we’re definitely sold)
3. You’ll sleep better
Breaking up with sugar will strengthen your relationship with your sleep. While this won’t happen instantly, in a few weeks you’ll notice yourself falling into a deeper sleep of better quality. Eating no or less sugar will also reduce the number of times you wake up during the night and improve your sleep quality overall.
4. Lowers risk of diabetes
Consumption of high calorie, sugary foods are known to increase fat buildup in the body which eventually affects the level of insulin in your body. Insulin resistance in your body affects the functioning of the liver and pancreas and in turn leads to type 2 diabetes. Once you cut sugar from your diet, it gives your body’s natural detox systems a chance to do their job. So next time you reach for that bar of chocolate, think about whether it’s worth risking your health for a few moments of indulgence.