Low Sugar Diet
Low sugar diet plans recommend reducing your sugar intake by about half of its current levels. Refined sugar and its substitutes are bad for your health, even dangerous! It is not a nutritious food by any means but an addictive drug.
However, yes it is great for you to be on a low sugar diet, you should not remove it entirely from your diet as you need it as a source of energy but you do not need to have it in the form of white or refined sugar.
Why Low Sugar Diet?
• Of all the foods consumed today, refined sugar is considered to be one of the most harmful. It contains no fiber, no protein, no minerals, no fats, no antioxidants, only empty calories.
• Low sugar diet will stabilize blood glucose levels and provide an ongoing energy for your body throughout the day, without the sudden highs and lows.
• Sugar that you don’t burn by exercise or being active will turn into fat in your body quickly. Sweet foods also tend to be high in unhealthy fat too. Sugar and fat are both high in calories.
• Low sugar diet will allow you to control cravings for sweets. Stopping the cycle of cravings is the key to weight loss.
• Sugar makes your blood thick and sticky, stopping the blood flow and nutrients into the gums and teeth.
• Your teeth are badly affected by a high sugar diet and the harmful bacteria attached to sugar. UK and America are the two largest sugar consumers and they have the worst dental problems in the world.
• Too much sugar in your diet may damage your skin and cause premature aging and wrinkles.
• New research suggests that a diet full of sugars may cause different levels of mental problems, due to rapid chemical changes within the body. Low insulin production and high blood sugar levels in the bloodstream causes a confused mental state and an unsound mind.
Tips to Help Reduce Sugar in Your Diet::
• Eat more at home as you can choose what goes into your meal. Hidden sugars and fats are usually used by chefs in restaurants to make meals tasty.
• Do not use sweeteners or sugar substitutes as they are more harmful than sugar and they won’t teach you to get used to eating low sugar and not have cravings.
• Do not trust ‘reduced sugar’ and ‘no sugar’ on labels. Make a habit of reading the labels and watch out for the hidden sugars.
• Avoid soda and other sweet drinks, drink plenty of water. Soda has a high sugar content.
• Eat fruit and yogurt if you have sweet cravings, not cookies and cakes.
• It may be hard to eliminate the sugar completely at first. Reduce it slowly, half of what you’d normally have the first day then half of that the next day.
• If you are not hungry, simply don’t eat.
• Aim for an overall healthy, balanced and satisfying diet of high fiber, low fat and low glycemic index. This will help reduce your sugar cravings over time.
Low Sugar Diet- References:
Sugar- Its Effects on the Body & Mind, http://macrobiotics.co.uk/ sugar.htm.
Beatrice Trum Humter, The Sugar Trap & How to Avoid It, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1982, p.15.
Nancy Appleton, Ph.D., Lick The Sugar Habit; Warner Books, N.Y., 1985; pp. 73,74.
Get the Sugar Out: 501 Simple Ways to Cut the Sugar Out of Any Diet, By Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S.http://www.enotalone.com/ article/19912.html