Most delicious guilty pleasure foods contain a massive amount of sugar, which is unfortunate for those who have a difficult time limiting their daily intake. Keeping track of the amount of sugar you are ingesting doesn’t sound desirable, but it can be a very healthy move for your body. According to Authority Nutrition, eating large quantities of sugar can be detrimental to your cholesterol and triglycerides, and can increase your risk of disease. Continuing to consume sugary foods causes you to become more addicted and grow a larger sweet tooth, which will not only lead to health problems, but weight gain as well.
Here are some tips on how to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet:
Cut out sugary drinks
Cutting out sugary drinks can be beneficial to your health, as you will also be ridding your body of calories that you don’t need. Most sodas contain an immense amount of calories and sugar – one can of Coca Cola contains 36g of sugar and 150 calories – and limiting the cans of sugary drinks you normally consume may make a difference in weight gain. Mayo Clinic suggested opting for healthier carbonated drinks, such as seltzer water or sugar-free drinks. Drinking more water is a good option too, of course.
Choose fruit for dessert
Instead of picking up chocolate or cake at the store, opt to buy fruit. Though fruit still contains sugar, replacing ice cream with yogurt and candy for various berries can be a much healthier alternative. Try making a smoothie the next time you have a sugar craving. The American Heart Association recommended canned fruit as well – though be sure to avoid fruit that has been canned in syrup.
Manage your shopping
Speaking of the grocery store, according to Livestrong, it is smart to shop strategically and check the labels of your food before entering the checkout line. Watching out for other ingredients that are just code for sugar is important – such as agave, honey, high fructose corn syrup, maple syrup and brown sugar. Also, aim to make a list before you go to the store and stick to it so you don’t end up with too many sugary treats in your shopping cart. Use your Casio BABY-G BG6903-1B to track the amount of time you’re in the store so you aren’t tempted to browse the candy aisles and make purchases you’ll regret.
Stay away from artificial sweeteners
Choosing an alternative sweetener may seem like a better option, but artificial sweeteners aren’t necessarily great for your health either. Instead of weaning you off sugar altogether, it keeps your sweet tooth active and wanting more. Try slowly reducing your real sugar intake and keep cutting it down until you no longer crave it as much.
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