Benefits to quitting sugar
Sugary foods and drinks are tasty and even comforting at times, but they’re also detrimental to your waistline, mind and overall wellbeing. While everyone experiences different symptoms and benefits during the sugar-quitting process, you will probably experience some of these changes:
Too much sugar can cause breakouts and other skin conditions. And sugar tends to latch onto the collagen in our bodies, it can limit the productiveness of both collagen and elastin – the protein that helps keep skin looking youthful. So sugar can age us too!
Unfortunately, many ‘low-fat’ and ‘fat-free’ processed foods contain a lot of hidden sugars. Once you start eating more unprocessed foods, you may be able to shed weight that’s been clinging on for years. And because your hormones are more balanced without the interference of sugar, you should be able to control your cravings better as well.
What do you do when that afternoon slump hits? You reach for a sweet snack or a sugary drink, right? Sure, it’ll give you a quick energy boost, but it will just as quickly leave you feeling drained and tired again. When you think about it, it makes sense that a sudden rise in blood-sugar levels must lead to a sudden drop – it becomes a vicious cycle.
As mentioned above, sugar causes drastic highs and lows in blood-sugar levels. If you have some sugar close to bedtime, you’ll be too hyped up to get a proper night’s rest. Waking up feeling tired will only lead to more sugar cravings for yet another (short-lived) energy boost. See, we told you it’s a vicious cycle! Sugar also causes the body to release cortisol, which can interrupt your natural sleep cycle.
Because sugary foods are usually the ones we rely on for comfort, it’s normal to feel a little cranky at first when you cut them out of your diet, but once you’ve passed the withdrawal phase, you’ll feel better than ever. It’s been proven that women who eat a lot of sugar are more prone to anxiety and irritability.