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Blog – Sugar Addiction

Why a Sugar Free Diet is Hard – But Worth the Struggle

If you’ve ever tried to give up sugar and other unhealthy refined carbs, you know that a sugar free diet isn’t easy.

It seems like it should be easy to give up sugar — after all, what’s so hard about giving up the morning muffin at Starbucks, or staying away from the candy machine during your break at work?

And it should definitely be easy to keep your kids away from sugar. Just don’t bring any sugary treats home with you, and they won’t have any choice but to eat a sugar free diet.

Yeah, right.

A sugar free diet should be easy, but it’s not.

Getting the sugar out of your own diet is a sensible, healthy choice; and getting the sugar out of your kid’s diets is the responsible choice. It ain’t easy, but it’s definitely worth the struggle.

Sugar and other highly-refined carbohydrates, like the kind found in white flour and almost all processed foods, have been linked to a number of chronic, debilitating illnesses — including obesity, diabetes, tooth decay, gum disease, heart disease, and osteoporosis.

Even if that list doesn’t scare you, you will be happy to note that you can begin losing weight almost immediately just by going on a sugar free diet, even if you don’t make any other changes to the way you eat. (One of the reasons why gastric bypass patients lose weight so fast is that they have to eat a sugar free diet after their surgery to avoid getting miserably sick).

Sugar doesn’t just pack on the calories – research has shown that binging on high-calorie foods makes your body put on special fat cells that are highly resistant to your weight loss efforts, even years after you ate that bag of chocolate chip cookies all by yourself. And even if you don’t eat enough sugary foods at one time to constitute a “binge,” the insulin resistance caused by sugar almost forces your body to store fat.

OK, so you already know that sugar isn’t good for you (who doesn’t know that?) but you can’t seem to give it up. Why not?

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