Sugar does seem to be addictive. It’s certainly very hard to give it up.
Your body learns fast that sugar means energy. A lot of energy running through the system translates into a good overall mood. Unfortunately, the good mood lasts just as long as the amount of sugar in your blood stays above a certain level. Once the amount of sugar drops below that particular level, the mood changes and the body starts craving the next sugar fix that will make everything feel good again. In this respect, sugar seems to operate just like any other psychoactive substance like adrenaline. Your body can get high on all these substances and will react adversely if it doesn’t get it’s fix – that’s an addiction. An innocent addiction? Perhaps, but the swings can impact on your pancreas’ ability to produce insulin, increasing your risk of getting diabetes.
The Sugar Addicts’ Diet focuses on breaking the addiction to sugar in order to prevent the mood swings that prompt the addict to reach out for one more sugary treat. These mood swings are hard to resist and the promise of the next fix is so tempting that many people have no idea they’re hooked on something that is not healthy. Truth be known, most addicts don’t want to face reality and understand the truth about their addiction and many people hooked on sugar or adrenalin have absolutely no idea that they’re using a substance to prop up their moods.
This diet is largely based on the Glycemic Index approach because its purpose is to weed out the sugary foods and replace them with foods belonging to a lower Glycemic Index that release their sugar content slowly into the bloodstream and do not trigger the rush. The basic idea is to identify hidden sugar in the foods you eat. Many people don’t know that it’s not just sweets or soft drinks that contain sugar, but also a lot of sauces, dips, yogurts and ready-to-eat foods have enough sugar in them to cause the mood swings.
Processed foods have sugar disguised under various names, like:-
- Any kind of syrup
It’s pretty easy to figure that this diet is more of a lifestyle choice than a proper diet. Of course you will lose weight by avoiding the foods rich in sugar, but we cannot be sure if this is the best way to go for a committed user. If you want to lose a certain number of pounds in a certain number of weeks, then you’re probably better off choosing another eating plan because nobody knows how fast you can lose weight under this one. Still, as a long-term maintenance solution, this eating plan is a good idea, especially for those who are used to eating a lot of sweets and are afraid that all those lost pounds will come back.
What are some things you can do to control your sugar intake?
Use a natural sugar substitute – very easy to do – read up on Isomalt – Isomalt Information
Be aware of the Glycemic Index of the food you are consuming – just do a little research – download a Glycemic Index Chart Free GI Chart
Cut out sugar completely – very difficult to do – get some help to Kick Your Sugar Cravings