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A Guide to Breaking Up with Sugar

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Written by Nancy

Carbs are often classified as ‘whole’ and ‘refined’, with the latter getting a lot of flak for their association with inflexible energy supply leading to hunger, cravings, and chronic conditions. Where whole carbs contain nutrition, the refined carbs in your sugary confections are mostly simple sugars and empty calories.

Today’s article will guide you through breaking up with simple rather than complex fiber and starch-containing sugars.

Never Start Your Day with Sugar

Does grabbing a quick donut when you’re running late for class ring any bells? You might think these foods are enough to last you through the day, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Breakfast is meant to sustain the human body until the next meal, and there’s no sustenance in refined carbs, which contain altered fibers or no fibers at all. Dietary fiber may reduce your risk of heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and stroke.

Since processed simple sugars do the exact opposite, so stick to complex carbs first thing in the morning. Alternate your snacks with a hearty breakfast containing fruits, vegetables, legumes, beans, whole grains, and anything more individually healthy for your body.

Watch Your Carb Intake

Although the number of carbs your body needs may very well be different from those of the next person, the recommended ratio according to standard dietary guidelines falls between 45% and 65% of your total calorie intake.

The above ratios are, of course, guidelines, and in no way set in stone. Your individual needs may require you to have fewer or more than the recommended carbs. The important thing is to know your cut-off point.

Don’t Just Watch What You Eat

Refined sugars aren’t just a recurring feature of foods; they’re also found in sodas, sweetened beverages, and energy drinks. Apply the strategies mentioned above to your liquids.

Trade any and all drinks containing processed sugar with drinks containing unprocessed sugar. Make sure the sugar in your blood comes from complex carbs and just the right ratio for your body.

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About the author

Nancy

I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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