Live Lean Nation, on today’s episode of Live Lean TV I’m showing you how sugar is ruining your life in more ways than you expect it.
Alright, as a society we are blasted with food options loaded with sugar.
– 20g a day for women
– 36g a day for men
– 12g a day for children
However, on average, people are consuming more than double this amount…
People are consuming approximately 22 tsp or 88g of sugar a day!
1) I’ve done numerous videos on why overconsuming sugar increases your fat storage…but did you also know…
2) Sugar increases your risk of diabetes.
3) Sugar increases your risk of heart disease.
4) Sugar increases your blood pressure.
5) Sugar increases your bad LDL cholesterol and lowers your good HDL cholesterol.
6) Sugar is increasing your wrinkles and saggy skin and making you look older.
7) Sugar is increasing your depression.
8) Sugar is increasing your laziness.
9) Sugar is addictive just like a drug.
Yes, studies showed lab rats were more addicted to sugar than they were cocaine.
So with that said, kicking your sugar habits WILL NOT be easy. But you can:
If you can quit cold turkey…congrats. But if you’re like most people I recommend you take it step by step.
a) If you’re used to drinking 2 cans of soda a day, reduce it to 1.5 cans next week. Then 1 can the following week, etc. Then eventually replace it with carbonated water with some added lemon or lime. Then hopefully transition to water. It’s a process. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Rather than buying a tub of ice cream and bringing it home, go out for an ice cream cone on your cheat day. Don’t bring the sugar into your castle.
b) Read ingredients lists, and be aware of hidden sugars. These are typically words ending in -ose, and syrup.
c) Start the day right by replacing your sugary cereals with hunger crushing eggs. The protein and healthy fat in eggs will make you feel more energized and satisfied throughout the day.
d) Look at the amount of sugar on nutrition labels. You’ll be surprised to see how much is in Fruit juices, Smoothies, Soda, Bread, Candy, Frozen Dinners, Condiments like Ketchup and BBQ sauce. Just being aware is the first step.
e) If you have a chocolate craving, avoid the milk chocolate bars that are loaded with sugar and grab a few squares of dark chocolate with a 70%+ level of cacao. If the label doesn’t show a % of cacao, put it back.
f) For dessert, choose natures dessert, fruit, over sugar filled desserts. Or grab 2-3 squares of dark chocolate.
g) And finally, if you feel a sugar craving coming on, change your state and environment by going for 15 min walk in the fresh air. Don’t just sit in front of the TV. It’ll make it worse.
I’ve seen it time and time again from other Live Leaners. For the first 14 days, you will feel miserable. Your energy will be low. And you will be irritable (kinda sounds like a drug detox doesn’t it?) But I promise this is temporary. You’re body will adapt, energy will rise again, and natural foods will taste a whole lot better as your taste buds recover.
And don’t forget to check out my Eat Clean Live Lean cookbook, with over 200 quick, healthy, easy, affordable, and delicious paleo meals. The desserts and snacks are delicious, the meals are filling, and no sugar is added. Say goodbye to your cravings with this cookbook!
You can also get access to an 8 week meal plan, with recipes, and grocery lists to supercharge your results faster by visiting OneSavvyLife.net.
It’s amazing the tasty snacks and meals you can come up with, using ALL READ HEALTHY INGREDIENTS!
I pity those “dieters” ruining their sustainable chances of Living Lean by eating boring foods.
Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.