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6 amazing things that happen to your body when you quit refined sugar

Published on:11 November 2020, 18:39pm IST
We all know just how bad sugar is for our health. But if you are having a hard time beating your cravings, then we hope these benefits of quitting sugar will help you get a steely resolve.
Dr Rohini Patil
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Most of us are constantly eating a huge amount of sugar daily. Sugar is present not only in junk food and beverages, but also in “healthy foods” like fruit juices and nutrition bars. We are living in an endless loop of calorific nightmares that is not easy to escape. So you really need to see and be careful about what you’re eating.

Eating excess sugar is not only addictive, but also not healthy for your body. It can lead to multiple health issues, diabetes, obesity, heart diseases and tooth decay.

But quitting sugar is also not that easy, especially if you had a sweet tooth for your whole life. You will have to go through a passing phase of side effects and restlessness, mood swings, and even depression. But once you pass this phase, you’ll feel that the advantages are well worth it.

Cut down on your sugar intake slowly—consuming smaller portions of it, instead of eating large quantities at once—so that your body doesn’t have to go through a sudden change.

Once you cut that refined sugar out of your life, the positive changes you can expect are:

1. Weight loss

Once you stop consuming the sugar, the cravings also decrease resulting in reducing your overall calorie intake.

Sugar itself includes a large number of calories. Cutting down on added sugar can help you shed that unwanted fat easily, losing a two to three kilos and a couple inches.

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Also, read: I quit sugar for 40 days and it changed my life completely. Here’s what happened

2. Reduced risk of heart disease

Overeating sugar is really harmful for your heart. It raises your insulin levels chronically, which can result in increased heart rate and blood pressure.

3. Freedom from acne

A sugary diet is one of the basic contributors to acne issues. Even soda and fruit juices in packed bottles isn’t doing you any favours. So, just avoid sugary junk. Well, it is not easy, but results in clear acne-free skin.

4. Reduced signs of ageing

The only culprit for wrinkles and pigmentation that haunts you in your twenties is all that sugar in your diet. Sugar causes glycation, which leads to the distortion of collagen and elastin in your skin. This collagen and elastin keep your skin looking young and clear. By cutting down your sugar intake, you can reduce the appearance of fine lines automatically and also pigmentation related to ageing.

5. Better mood

People often link sugary foods with happiness. While sugar does give you an instant rush, it’s not a healthy way of getting things done. Once your body is used to a pattern like this, sudden sugar decline can be quite tough and can often result in depression. However, if you can maintain this no-sugar period, your body will overcome the shock eventually and learn to without the help of any additional sugar supplements. This is totally a tougher route but it’s a sure shot way to overcome depression.

6. Lowered risk of diabetes

Sugary foods are known to increase the amplification of fat in your body that affects the insulin level in your body. Insulin resistance in the body affects the functioning of the pancreas and liver and in turn leads to type 2 diabetes. Quitting sugar gives a natural detox system a chance to do their job in your body.

Dr Rohini Patil Dr Rohini Patil

Dr. Rohini Patil is an MBBS and a nutritionist. Over the last eight years she has passionately done intense research in the field of diet, nutrition, fitness, mental health and overall lifestyle modifications. She is the founder & CEO of Nutracy Lifestyle.