Sugar activates a dopamine response in the reward center of the brain, just like a drug.  

What if you cut down on sugar? What happens when you try a low-sugar diet

Is it possible to change your life by controlling your fondness for sweets? Keep on reading to learn about what happens to your body if you stop eating sugar.

I confess: I used to be a sugar addict. I used to crave for those sweet dainties sitting on a shelf: so colorful, shiny, plump and all there on display as if they were tempting me to eat them all –and I used to. And after throwing myself into a frenzy of sugar-loaded delicacies, I would end up feeling thirsty, tired, bloated and with a terrible headache. The last time I gorged on tons of candies I decided that I’d had enough. So I started doing some research on the benefits of cutting down on sugar. This is what I found!

The sacred potentiality of not eating sugar:

The first hour of sugar abstinence

Sugar is extremely addictive, so expect to relapse. Sugar activates a dopamine response in the reward center of the brain, just like a drug.  You might experience sweating, shaking, hunger, sadness and you might be a little moody. To get through this, eat fresh vegetables, protein and healthy fats.

Sugar activates a dopamine response in the reward center of the brain, just like a drug.

First day

This will be the hardest day of all. You might experience symptoms that include headaches and tiredness.

You might experience symptoms that include headaches and tiredness.

First week sugar-free: the magical phase

Your body has already started to repair itself, the insulin levels will improve and inflammatory responses as well, hormones will have already begun to stabilize and your skin will feel less puffy.

Hormones will have already begun to stabilize and your skin will feel less puffy.

First month

You will finally notice the damage sugar had been doing to you: weight gain, cravings, yeast infections –as they feed on refined sugars–, and inflammation. You’ll profit from stable blood sugar levels, improved mental clarity and improved gut health.

Six months

After six months of not eating sugar, you will not even feel like eating sugar. You will have decreased your risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, early aging and you will have probably lost weight.

A year

In addition to all the other benefits I have already mentioned, your skin will look glowy and clear. Acne, irritation and fine lines will have reduced dramatically.

Your skin will look glowy and clear.

And this is how I became a sugar-free diet advocate, if you are still in doubt, try doing it for a couple of days: I guarantee you will not regret it!

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Peter O Brien

Peter started out his professional life as a restaurant critic but ended up moving to the kitchen, realizing that his passion didn’t only lie in tasting the food, but MAKING it. Follow his delicious recipes, as well as useful articles about the many benefits healthy and delicious food will bring to your life.+ info

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