Spending months quarantined indoors can change your eating habits. Have you thought about cutting sugar? It’s something to think about. More than 34 million U.S. adults have diabetes. The number of people with diabetes worldwide went from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014! If you’re ready to make that leap, there can be significant benefits. Let’s talk about what happens to your body when you’ve quit sugar for one month! Is it similar to getting off drugs? Will the skin start to inflame? Wait, does your mood change? We’re talking all that AND more…, Change In Mood, Quitting sugar for a specific amount of time will have you feeling different.
If you’re hooked on sugary foods, and your body is now going without, your mood will change dramatically for better or worse. Let’s talk about dopamine for a second. Known as a “feel-good” hormone, dopamine is released when the brain feels rewarded. For most people, there is nothing more rewarding than eating their favorite snacks. Serotonin is also released during this time, which makes you feel happy.
If your body is used to feeling rewarded and suddenly cut off from the reward, your mood will decline. Feelings of depression may set in after a few days of weaning off sugar. You’ll probably feel irritated as well. When a person on a diet appears to be angrier than they usually are, it’s often because of a chemical mood swing.
After a week or so, your energy level will start to improve. By the time you hit the one month mark, your body will likely be growing accustomed to not having sugar. Do you eat a lot of sweets? Which one was your go-to snack? Please sound off in the comment section and start a conversation with our Bestie community… You Sleep Soundly, Quitting sugar will improve your quality of sleep. It seems like a lot of us need this. While it’s recommended that you get between 7-9 hours of sleep each night, people aren’t getting that.
Studies show that 1 in 3 U.S. adults are getting less than 7 hours of snooze time. While there are so many factors that contribute to bad sleeping habits, your diet is one of them. Foods containing high amounts of refined sugars mess around with your ability to stay asleep. It will also affect your ability to dream and maintain memories of new information.
This means things you’ve learned throughout the day. Foods with high amounts of refined sugar include bread, pasta, cookies, pastries, yogurt, tomato, sauce, and salad dressing. Suppose you’re thinking of cutting sugar. It’s best to start light and try avoiding these choices. Now you need to realize that cutting sugar is a process. None of the benefits happen immediately. It will take weeks for your sleep to improve. After about a month or so, you’ll likely find yourself falling into a deeper sleep and waking up refreshed and energetic.
That is if there aren’t other factors preventing me from sleeping properly. Weight Loss. This is one you were probably waiting for. It seems like most people go on diets to lose weight. Well, the good news is that you can lose weight by cutting sugar. But other things go into it. When you eat fatty, sugary, carb-filled meals regularly, it’s obvious you’re, going to lose weight. Many people seem to think that all they need to do is cut off sugar.
Within a couple of weeks, you can drop a little bit of weight. But eating more protein will also help. Protein is one of the essential parts of weight loss. A high intake will boost your metabolism. Not to mention, your appetite will be reduced. This happens because protein allows your stomach to feel full for a more extended period. It will also allow your body to adapt better to weight loss. In other words, you will look much healthier. Replacing sugar with more protein will speed up your weight loss process much quicker. You will notice your belly fat disappearing and a lower weight on the scale. High-protein foods include almonds, broccoli, eggs, chicken, breast, and tuna.
So while cutting the refined sugar from your diet, replace them with some of these choices. Another essential part of your weight loss process should be exercise. You can’t healthily drop weight without some cardio and weight training. I get it; not everybody is the running type. Well, have you thought about going for a walk? Studies have indicated that walking just 7500 steps each day is enough to prevent type 2 diabetes.
Further research has suggested that a regular walking routine helps people lose around 3 lbs over just weeks. This is all the more reason to keep it going after that one month is over. Before we continue, are you the emotional type? Well, don’t be ashamed. It turns out it can be useful for you sometimes.
Now back to our list of the effects quitting sugar has on your body. Your Skin Looks Much Nicer, “Hey, pimple face!” How many of us heard that growing up? It’s no secret that too much sugar can cause severe acne. Even after your teen years, you can still catch it sneaking up on you. But hey, if you feel embarrassed for being the only person in your group to break out, know that acne affects 10% of your world’s population.
No doubt cutting back on sugar can have a significant impact on your acne. Not just that, but the state of your skin in general. Diets that are high in sugar result in insulin spikes, which cause your skin to become inflamed. You will, in turn, reduce elasticity in your skin. This will, over time, make your skin look older and rougher.
Collagen is a type of protein that helps the connective tissues in your body. It makes up a third of all protein in the human body. Healthy collagen provides strength for your cartilage and skin. When you eat nothing but refined sugar, the protein gets damaged. Instead of going for the sweets, there are plenty of foods out there that can boost your body’s collagen.
I’m talking about berries, egg whites, citrus fruits, and garlic. Studies have found that the skin of fish is also a useful source of collagen. By the time that one month hits, your skin will be looking a lot better. Looking in the mirror won’t be as difficult.
Fewer Cravings, After quitting sugar for a month, one of the more noticeable effects is that you won’t crave it as much. Some studies have pointed towards sugar being as addictive as certain hard drugs. This goes back to our discussion of dopamine, and the overall sense of joy triggered after eating your favorite foods.
The same can be said for people when they use drugs. But there is research that contradicts this. Some experts say that because your body doesn’t become dependent on sugar the way it does, with drugs, “addiction” is not the words to use. What sugar does do is bring on some pretty intense cravings. If one of your guilty pleasures is chocolate, your brain is going to want chocolate more and more. When cutting out sugar, it takes a lot of mental discipline not to give in to your craving. It’s important to note that having some sugar now and then isn’t terrible. If you’re iffy on going cold turkey, you can always opt once in a while.
Health experts have pointed out something called the “80/20” rule. This is where you aim to eat healthy foods, 80% of the time, with the other 20% going towards junk food. Having a cheat is likely not to derail your diet. Better Digestion, Eating way too much sugar will screw up your digestive system. This is where your food will not process correctly.
Think about this…. When sugar you’ve eaten can’t be broken down in your system, it will just sit in your bowels. Excess sugar overwhelms your body, taking much longer to digest as it moves through the large intestine. This is where it feeds harmful bacteria and yeast, adding to an unhealthy gut. You will also feel bloated and gassy.
Pretty gross, right? After a month of cutting sugar, you will notice that your body processes food much more comfortable than it did eating all those sweets. Not to get graphic or anything, but your bowel movements will happen much more comfortable. You will also feel much lighter, with less tension in your stomach. Are you quitting sugar? Are you considering it after hearing about some of its effects? Let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear from you!