The 5 Phases of How to Quit Sugar for Good

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You may think it’s impossible to quit sugar simply because most, if not all, food items have sugar content. In truth, you can quit this addictive substance in 5 direct and doable steps:

Phase 1: Say Goodbye to Sweet Junk

Candy, chocolate bars, cakes, cookies—all these things that make life extra sweet have got to go. You may want to forgo granola bars, too. They may feature healthy ingredients but their sugar content undo all the health benefit they can possibly offer. For snacks, you can always enjoy fresh fruit.

Phase 2: Say Goodbye to Secret Sugars

After the obvious cuts have been made, hidden sources of sugar are next. This is the part where you need to keep a watchful eye on ingredients. Condiments, salad dressings, sauces and similar products are sneaky. You may not know it but they contain a lot of sugar. Even sugar-free items could be full of simple carbs. These types of carbs are not any good for you, either.

Phase 3: Say Goodbye to Simple Carbs

Once you get to step 3, you’ll realize that you’ve eliminated most sources of your sugar consumption. Quitting cakes and carbonated drinks aren’t enough. The next step is to reduce simple carbs. List down refined food items you normally consume like crackers, white pasta, bread and such. Eliminate them one by one.

Phase 4: Say Goodbye to Sugary Drinks

Did you know that you can drink up to 40 pounds worth of sugary beverages in one year? That’s 70,000 empty calories you could’ve done without! First, cut out the worst offender. This means, you have sipped your last soda. Next, eliminate your coffee or fruit juice habit. You might be surprised with how much money you save, too! It doesn’t mean you can only drink water. You can still enjoy unsweetened teas or coffee.

Phase 5: Say Goodbye to Sugar

It’s okay to take a cheat day and enjoy sugary products every once in a while. You may want to avoid food items that will cause you to binge. If you can’t just have one small slice of cake, you may want to hold off longer before indulging. Save it for special occasions like your birthday.
It’s perfectly possible to kick your sugar addiction to the curb. All you need is discipline and realistic expectations! Enjoy your new healthier lifestyle.
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