If you’ve tried a variety of weight loss programs in the past, you’ve probably noticed a common theme: While each plan varies a bit, almost all of them advise that you give up sugar. Why is sugar the bad guy? Well, just take a look at what happens to your body when you ditch it…
Better brain function. You might be surprised that a high-sugar diet has been linked to memory decline and reduced responsiveness. After ditching it, you will find that you’re thinking more clearly. And since sugar has even been linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia, giving up sugar could protect your brain health as you age.
Your mood improves. Sharp spikes and drops in blood pressure can trigger moodiness, depression, anxiety, and irritability. You will probably find that you’re in a better mood on a regular basis.
Your complexion starts glowing. Sugar in your bloodstream initiates a process called glycation, which breaks down the collagen and elastin in your skin. Plus, sugar influences hormone levels which can lead to oily skin and acne flares. Once you remove sugar from your diet, you will likely notice that your complexion has never looked better (and you’ll prevent premature aging).
Lower blood pressure. A diet high in sugar has been linked to higher blood pressure, which places extra strain on your entire cardiovascular system. Lowering your blood pressure will slash your risk of stroke, heart disease, and heart attacks.
Lower cholesterol. A diet high in sugar is also linked to high LDL cholesterol, the type of cholesterol associated with heart disease. By ditching sugar, you can lower your “bad” cholesterol levels.
You reduce your risk of cancer and diabetes. A diet high in sugar has been associated with certain types of cancer, as well as diabetes and fatty liver disease. So, with one dietary change, you can prevent a whole host of health problems in the future!
You feel free. It might surprise you to learn that sugar acts on the same part of the brain as heroin! Over time, you crave more and more sugar to achieve the same pleasurable effects. When you quit the habit, those cravings begin to subside.
Of course, ditching sugar isn’t as easy as it sounds. But we can help with that part. Make an appointment with us, and we’ll discuss your dietary goals, offer nutritional counseling, and provide support along the way.