Sugar detox


The ultimate goal is to really downplay sugar in the diet and have that be a permanent lifestyle change. In an age of free-from diets, it is imperative we try going sugar-free at least once.

Sugar is addictive. You eat sugar and you have a feeling of euphoria and then suddenly you don’t feel good and crash out. Then you reach for more. The urban world’s sweet consumption has upped 20-30 per cent in a decade.

Sugar in all its forms is the root cause of our obesity epidemic and most of the chronic disease sucking the life out of our citizens and our economy — and, increasingly, the rest of the world.

Your love for sugary stuff may seem benign, but the truth is that most people are eating way more of it than they need. What, perhaps, is more feasible is an experimental sugar detox to reset sugar cravings and eating habits. When people go for a detox, it resets their appetite and often decreases sugar cravings. After the initial yearning, which can be overwhelming, our bodies adjust slowly till we can do without wanting the same amount of sugar.

We need a clear path to detox from sugar, to break the addictive cycle of carb and sugar cravings that robs us of our health. And it only takes 10 days — or less. We need science, not willpower, to reverse this. Avoid carbohydrates and follow a regimen similar to the Atkins Diet ­ a high-protein diet.

It is after all carbohydrates, not fat, that’s the real en emy. So, eat a lot of pro tein to curb sweet crav ings since protein-rich food doesn’t spike your blood sugar levels like carbs do. Start by substituting processed sugar with natural sugar -like fresh fruit, not too much of it though. And be armed with a plan when cravings hit.