Saying Bye to Sugar
Sugar is one of the leading causes of health problems in the United States. It is one of the core reasons behind weight gain, and is at the center of the blame behind the rise in type-2 diabetes in the US. The biggest problem with sugar is that it is everywhere. Highly addictive on its own, the fact that it is in just about everything that you eat and drink makes it a real health risk—and unfortunately, one that you don’t even know you are facing.
Reducing your sugar intake is a great way to support a healthy lifestyle after you have weight loss surgery. As anyone who has had bariatric surgery can attest, the weight loss procedure can help you feel hungry less often, but that doesn’t take away the cravings or the desire for food. Even after weight loss surgery, you have to find a way to manage those cravings, and so cutting down on your sugar intake can be especially helpful.
If you can cut down on cravings at the same time as you cut down on hunger, you can overcome a lot of the mental obstacles that have probably stopped you from being successful with weight loss in the past.
So how can you get started living a life that is finally sugar-free? Here are a few quick tips:
- Start small. Cut the sugar out of your coffee or tea, and start drinking water instead of sugar.
- Look for whole foods. Start by cutting out as many processed foods as possible, as these are typically loaded with sugar to make them more enticing.
- Avoid going places where you will be tempted. The kids may love a trip to the candy store, but remember even one small bite will trigger intense cravings. Keeping as clear of sugar as possible is the best way to stay successful.
When you really stop and think about how much sugar you eat every day, you’ll likely be pretty surprised. The average adult eats almost three times as much sugar in a day as is recommended by doctors. And that is without those “treat” days where you know you are going to indulge in something extra sweet. If you really want to make a big change in your health and wellness, saying goodbye to sugar is a great place to get started.
Remember not to attempt to take on too much too quickly. Cutting out sugar, just like any other weight loss goal, needs to be a gradual process. Reach out to your weight loss surgeon for support and guidance as you begin to cut down the amount of sugar that you eat daily.