Sugar detox for one month.It may sound difficult to manage but after one month of detoxification from sugar you will see the benefits and you will try this method multiple times a year.
If you’ve read about the latest wellness trends, you may have entertained the idea of a diet detox.
But whether you’ve considered juicing, fasting or cleansing in an effort to lose weight or improve your well-being, you’re probably aware that drastically cutting out foods is not effective as a long-term lifestyle approach to healthy eating.
In fact, strict detoxing can cause issues including fatigue, dizziness, and low blood sugar.
But there is one kind of sustainable detox that is worthwhile, according to some experts. Reducing sugar in your diet can help you drop pounds, improve your health and even give you more radiant skin.
“Sugar makes you fat, ugly and old,” said Brooke Alpert, a registered dietitian and co-author of “The Sugar Detox: Lose the Sugar, Lose the Weight — Look and Feel Great.” “What we’ve discovered in the last couple of years is that sugar is keeping us overweight. It’s also a leading cause of heart disease; it negatively affects the skin, and it leads to premature aging.”
Here’s more bad news: We can’t stop consuming sugar. “People have a real dependency — a real addiction to sugar,” Alpert said. “We have sugar, we feel good from it, we get (the feeling of) an upper, and then we crash and need to reach for more.”
About 10% of the US population are true sugar addicts, according to Robert Lustig, professor of pediatrics and member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco. What’s more, research suggests that sugar induces rewards and cravings that are similar in magnitude to those induced by addictive drugs.
One of the biggest concerns is the amount of added sugars in our diets, which are often hidden in foods. Although ice cream cake is an obvious source of sugar, other foods that may not even taste sweet — such as salad dressings, tomato sauces, and bread — can be loaded with the white stuff.
“People don’t realize that seemingly healthy foods are loaded with sugar — and so we’re basically eating sugar all day long, from morning till night,” Alpert said.
How to sugar detox: Going cold turkey for three days.
The good news is that even if you’re not a true sugar “addict,” by eliminating sugar from your diet, you can quickly lose unwanted pounds, feel better and have a more radiant appearance.
“There is no one person who wouldn’t benefit by eliminating added sugars from their diets,” Lustig said.
Children can benefit, too. Lustig’s research revealed that when obese children eliminated added sugars from their diets for just nine days, every aspect of their metabolic health improved — despite no changes in body weight or total calories consumed.
But going cold turkey is what works best, at least in the beginning.
For the first three days on a sugar detox, no added sugars and no fruits, no starchy vegetables (such as corn, peas, sweet potatoes and butternut), no dairy, no grains and no alcohol.
Breakfast can include three eggs, any style; lunch can include up to 175g of poultry, fish or tofu and a green salad. Dinner is basically a larger version of lunch, though steamed vegetables such as broccoli, kale and spinach can be eaten in place of salad.
Snacks include a handful of nuts and sliced peppers with hummus. Beverages include water, unsweetened tea and black coffee. Artificial sweeteners are not allowed.
Starting with day four, you can add one apple and one dairy food each day. Dairy, such as yoghurt or cheese, should be full-fat and unsweetened.
You can also add some higher-sugar vegetables such as carrots and snow peas, as well as a daily serving of high-fibre crackers. Three glasses of red wine in that first week can be added, too.
During week two, you can add a serving of anti-oxidant-rich berries and an extra serving of dairy. You can also add back starchy vegetables.
For week three, you can add grains such as barley, quinoa and oatmeal, and even some more fruit including grapes and citrus. You can also have another glass of red wine during the week and an ounce of dark chocolate each day.
Week four is the home stretch, when you can enjoy two starches per day, including bread and rice in addition to high-fibre crackers. Wine goes up to five glasses per week.
Indulgences are allowed, such as ice cream or a piece of cake at a birthday party.
The plan may not be appropriate for diabetics, extreme athletes or anyone taking medication to control blood sugar. It is not recommended for pregnant women.
Enlist the support of friends and/or family. “You need people around you to help you be successful,” Lustig says.
Conclusion: Must try these sugar detox plan for one month. Health benefits would be great but if you have some medical conditions consult with your doctor first.