5 Things to Expect When You Give up Sugar

By Nicole Martin

October 31, 2017

As Americans, we eat a lot of sugar. On average we consume about 300 calories worth of added sugar each day. And one in five of us consumes more than a cup of the stuff during that same timespan.

And, don’t get me wrong. I’m not casting judgment on anyone here.

I know, it can be hard to avoid.

Because we don’t just get massive amounts of sugar from stuff we’d usually think of as sweet treats—cookies, soda, cake, candy.

Thanks to the misguided research of the 1970s where fat was demonized in the public eye, once that was removed from foods, big food companies still had to make their stuff taste good, or no one would buy it.

So, they took out the fat and packed in the sugar.

Which is why sugar is in so many things we wouldn’t think of as sweet. Salad dressings, sauces, yogurt, soups… These and more all have tons of added sugar.

So, we need to eat less of it. Giving it up can be tough, of course. If you’re among the 20% of the population who are mainlining a cup of the stuff each day, you’re going to go through a withdrawal period to rival kicking hard drugs. And even if you don’t eat a ton, you still might feel lousy for a few days.

But here’s the good news. Once you kick it, here are five things to expect to have back in your life.

You’ll Need Some New Clothes

The quickest way to lose weight is to stop drinking pop—which is just an incredibly efficient sugar-delivery method.

It’s going to be different for everyone and will depend on a number of factors, but the average weight loss for people who give up sugar tend to lose between one and three pounds per week.

You’ll Be Happy to Say Cheese

Your smile will look better. While not exactly health-related (although dental hygiene is a biggy when it comes to overall health) not giving all those plaque-producing bacteria in your mouth the sweetness they crave is going to keep things brighter in there.

Your Skin Will Look Better

Sugar tends to cause a lot of inflammation with your body, and it’s common for that inflammation to affect your skin. Cutting out the sugar ends up resulting in clearer skin.

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You Won’t Have to Worry so Much About Losing a Foot

Type 2 diabetes isn’t something to mess around with. Aside from also the hassle of having to spend a good portion of your life hooked up to a dialysis machine, you also run the chance of suffering some serious health consequences—including amputation of your extremities.

You’ll Need Some Shades

Because your outlook is going to be so much brighter. Inside the sugar trap cycle, your mood is dependent upon the sugar for a boost. After you’re off the stuff, however, your mood evens out, and you’re far more likely to feel great—and feel it consistently.

Again, that first initial step isn’t going to be a comfortable one. But your health is worth it. And so is your happiness.

If you decide to embark on the life-changing journey to get out of sugar jail for good, your body will thank you.

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