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Cutting Down on Sugar

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Just about everyone has a little sweet tooth, and when a craving for something sweet hits it is difficult to say no and stand strong. When you make the decision to change your diet for good and get weight loss surgery, you know that you need to say goodbye to your favorite sweets. But does that mean you are saying goodbye to sugar?

If sugar was only found in cake and candy, then it wouldn’t be so much of a problem. Sugar is everywhere. If you want to cut out sugar, you need to look deep into your diet to figure out where it is coming from. Cutting out the most common sweets is, of course, a great step to take towards improving your health, but it is just a start.

Not So Sweet

Eating sugar is a pleasant experience. The brain enjoys it, and your body wants more of it as soon as it enters your bloodstream. When you have one sweet treat, you are setting yourself up for the longing of wanting more of it as soon as your initial sugar rush has worn off.

This is why so many people begin to avoid super sweet foods. If eating sugar causes you to want more sugar, then it makes sense to avoid eating sugar altogether. Unfortunately, many of the substitutes that we reach for when avoiding things like cookies and cakes are just as loaded with sugar as the original treat. This means that even as you think you are doing a good job avoiding these foods, your cravings for them may grow even more severe as you eat sugar from other sources.

Here is a quick list of items that are loaded with sugar, even though they don’t always get the attention they should when it comes to cutting sugar from your diet:

  • Fruit juices
  • Granola bars
  • Yogurt
  • Coffee and tea (especially iced drinks!)
  • Sauces
  • Salad dressings

This list just names a few items that are frequently loaded with added sugar. Cutting sugar out of your diet entirely would mean cutting out all of these guilty culprits—or at the very least being much more mindful of how much sugar you are eating when you do have these items.

Consider starting to track your sugar intake separately in your food journal by watching nutrition labels closely. Being more aware of where sugar is hiding in common foods that you enjoy may help you to make healthier choices for your diet.