9 ways to cut sugar out of your diet
Get the lean, muscular physique you've always dreamed of. And just in time for summer!
Consuming sugar in excess will undoubtedly make you fat and might even kill you. Plus, it can make you look terrible, leaving you feeling unattractive, unmotivated, and with potentially fatal diseases.
That's why today I'm going to reveal to you 9 easy tips to implement right now that'll cut your sugar consumption dramatically if not eliminating it entirely.
Following even a few of the secrets below will put you on the right track to getting the lean, muscular physique you've always dreamed of. And just in time for summer!
9 secrets to cutting sugar out of your diet
1. Cut back on sugar-fill beverages
Eliminating sodas, energy/sports drinks, and sweet juices like apple and orange juice from your daily diet will drastically help your fat-burning efforts. These beverages are filled with so much sugar and don't even do anything to quench your thirst. Instead, they flood your body with empty calories that are designed to leave you wanting more and more sugar. Even fruit juices and "healthy" smoothies are filled with so much sugar that they contribute to you putting on pounds of fat.
You should instead opt for drinks like:
- sparkling water with lemon/lime (homemade soda)
- herbal and fruit teas
- unsweetened tea or black coffee
Sparkling water with lemon not only tastes good but can even boost your metabolism. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to boost it even more.
By focusing your intent on reducing your consumption of sugar-filled beverages will help you lose weight and burn fat.
2. Whole Food VS. Packages food
Whole foods are not processed and don't contain additives or artificial ingredients that contain large amounts of added sugar.
Many prepared foods are processed and refined with added sugars, fake flavoring, and ingredients not found in your kitchen. Even so-called "healthy" packaged snacks can contain just as much sugar as a frosting covered cupcake or even a whole bag of chocolate chip cookies.
Adding spices and herbs to your whole foods will not only boost your metabolism but will reduce your consumption of sugar. And they make your whole food taste better and provide your body with the nutrition and fuel it needs to burn fat. Plus, whole food leaves your stomach feeling full, which will help you eat less in general throughout the day.
3. Watch what you eat for breakfast
For many Americans, their first meal of the day (breakfast) is usually their most sugar-filled one. You are constantly bombarded with ads that list false health benefits of consuming so-called "healthy" cereals, granolas bars, and protein bars for breakfast. Most of which have just as much or even more sugar than chocolate bars, candy, muffins, and even ice cream.
Going for a breakfast that is rich in protein and fiber will help you feel full longer but will also give your body the fuel it needs to conquer the day.
Instead of that granola bar for breakfast try these suggestions:
- Dried fruit, these do contain natural sugars, so it should be consumed in moderation.
- Eggs, it's packed with protein and can be prepared in so many different delicious ways. From hard-boiled to fried, whatever preparation your choose, eggs are a great alternative to a sugar-filled breakfast.
- Fresh fruits, yes, it does contain natural sugars but can help battle sugar cravings.
- Nuts are packed with nutritious benefits like protein and fiber.
- Plain, whole-fat yogurt, is filled with healthy fats, fiber, and tastes delicious. You can even add fruit and nuts on top for added taste.
4. Read food labels
For years now, the food & beverage industry as disguised sugar in their labels by referring to them by other terms. Terms that are not commonly used or which the average consumer would be unaware of.
Ingredients that end in "-ose" are usually a form of sugar. Other names for sugar include:
Keep in mind sugar can be found in almost ALL packaged and processed foods. By learning to read labels, you'll help limit or even eliminate sugar from the packaged foods you buy.
5. Eat more proteins and fatty foods
By opting to eat more protein and fatty foods, you are not only providing your body with the fuel and nutrition it needs to burn off fat but, it will also help you feel full longer. This enables you to eat less and will help curb your sweet cravings.
Meats, fish, eggs, nuts, and avocados are all rich in protein and fats that are healthier options and taste great.
6. Get enough sleep
Many studies have linked lack of sleep to depression, lack of concentration, reduced immune function, and poor eating habits.
If you don't get enough sleep, it is proven that you'll choose foods that are filled with sugar and salts.
Getting more sleep will help you feel better, make better decisions, improve your focus, and help you consume less sugar.
7. Sweeten your veggies
By consuming more vegetables in your diet, you are not only giving your body what it needs to burn fat and boost energy, but can also improve thinking, decision making, and fight off deadly diseases.
Now, if you don't like the taste of vegetables, here are some suggestions to help make consuming them more enjoyable.
- add spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and vanilla to your preparation. This is not only a healthier option, but it really does make eating vegetables more delicious and enjoyable.
- add herbs to your veggies to give a more colorful taste. Herbs like mint, basil, sage, and lavender not only are healthier substitutes but also add much-needed flavor to veggies. Not to mention vegetables that lack any flavor can easily be enhanced with herbs and spices.
8. Eat spicy foods
Replacing sweeter foods with more spicier foods helps curb your hunger and can give your metabolism a much-needed boost. Consuming spicy foods will make your dishes more flavorful and delicious. The best part of it all, by consuming spicy foods, you can actually curb your sugar cravings and consume fewer calories.
9. Eat more fruits
Fruits do contain natural sugar that gives them their sweet taste. So, it's vital to keep this in mind when consuming them. If you are completely replacing all your sweet cravings with fruits, you may be causing a disservice to your sugar-free diet.
While fruits do contain lots of nutrition and fiber, consuming too much can make you fat. The goal here is to replace some of your cravings with fruit, but keep in mind that you need to consume them in moderation.
If sugar is just one of the things keeping you from burning fat and losing weight, implementing even a few of these tips to your diet will help kick your sweet tooth. These tips are designed to help you achieve rapid fat loss, increase your energy, boost your drive and motivation, and help you follow an overall healthier lifestyle.