Ice cream. Flaky pastries. Frappuccinos. Sugar is delicious AF. But if you’re reading this, you’re probably past the point where you’re supposed to be eating Cinnamon Toast Crunch for breakfast … even if you’re scarfing down a bowl for dinner after making three separate meals for your kids. (We’ve all been there.)
Even though sugary cereals and high-cal drinks taste oh-so-good going down, turns out too much sugar has plenty of crappy effects on your body including:
Increased risk of memory loss
So … maybe set down that cereal spoon … Need even more convincing reasons to actually stick to that a low-sugar diet? Here are a few of the top low-sugar diet benefits, along with some healthier food alternatives.
1. Show Off a Thinner Tummy
Looking to slim down your stomach? Avoid that “spare tire” look through a low-sugar diet. It’s the fat specifically in this target tummy area that puts you at risk for some of the scary stuff, too, like heart disease and The Big C.
2. Drop That Weight
When you eat healthy fats and sensible carbs, you actually keep your insulin levels stable. What that means is fewer of those good-for-you food calories turn into fat, so it’s easier to lose weight.
3. Get an Energy Boost
Had a few donuts for breakfast before? Then you understand how a sugar crash works. You ride high … until you don’t. Skip the hangry stage, too, by swapping out the sugary stuff for protein-rich foods and healthy fats that give you a steadier energy stream.
4. Break the Addiction Cycle
You eat one cookie; you want another. And so on. Those cookies make you feel so good, at least for a bit, because your body releases your “feel-good” neurotransmitter dopamine. Then you crave the sugar. Choosing better-for-you foods with less sugar helps break the cravings cycle.
5. Lower Your Diabetes Risk
While it’s unclear whether excessive sugar actually causes diabetes (researchers say it’s a bit more complicated than that), the disease affects the body’s ability to regulate blood glucose levels. And since avoiding excess sugar means a lower risk of obesity, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, and so on — all of which can contribute to Type 2 diabetes — a low-sugar diet can absolutely stave off a whole host of disease-contributing factors.
6. Get Younger-Looking Skin
Move over Rodan + Fields. We have an even easier anti-aging regimen: a low-sugar diet. Basically, too much sugar in your bloodstream damages your collagen and elastin-making abilities (yikes), leading to wrinkles, sagging, and dull skin.
Fortunately, your grocery store is packed full of healthy, low-sugar choices.
Low-glycemic index fruits, such as blueberries, grapefruit, and apples
Non-starchy vegetables like broccoli and zucchini
Meats, including pork, chicken, and beef
Fats and oils, including olive oil and butter
Low-sugar jerky, like this turkey jerky, which only has 5 g of sugar.
The bottom line:
Moderation is key. If you’re in a rush, resist the temptation to grab a sugar-laden snack. You got this. We believe in you.
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