Five reasons to quit Sugar
Before I share our experience, let me quickly remind you why you should even consider quitting sugar.
- Sugar raises your risk of Type 2 (and Type 3) Diabetes
- Sugar is highly addictive (the more you eat, the more you want it) and causes brain fog
- Develops into dangerous belly fat
- Triggers premature aging and cause your skin to lose elasticity
- Interfere with the “good” bacteria in your gut causing inflammation, irritation, and allergies.
So what happened when we quit sugar?
- CONSTANT HUNGER
We felt constant hunger, especially during the first week.
Our bodies were getting used to the new diet and we lost some weight, which made us crave for more food.
We lost ca 1kg of weight each. Most of it we lost during the 1st week when we naturally reduced our caloric intake by quitting sugar.
This, however, made us feel hungry and unhappy, and hence in the second week, we added more healthy fats to our diets to compensate caloric deficit.
This stabilized our weight and made us much happier and more satisfied.
- SUGAR CRAVINGS
Sugar can get very addictive (see our interview with nutrition expert Brooke Alpert), and since we cut it out completely, our bodies no longer asked for it.
We had to learn to read labels and be extra cautious when eating out.
For example, we tried to find sugar/sweetener free bacon in our local grocery shop, but didn’t manage! Also, when eating out we tried to avoid all bakery products and sauces.
- SKIN IMPROVEMENT
Dovile´s acne pro- skin improved slightly.
The change was not drastic, but the skin did clear out a bit.
- PHYSICAL WEAKNESS
In the first weeks we felt tired and fatigued – at one point it got difficult for Dovile to keep up with her regular fitness routine.
This is probably linked to the sugar withdrawal and macronutrient changes in the diet.
- HARD TO RESIST
We went to Italy during the challenge – poor us, right? Sorry to tell this, but traveling was not as fun as it used to be.
“I’ve never felt so free from sugar before. It’s like I didn’t need it at all anymore!”
SO WHAT ABOUT OUR RESULTS?
If you are interested to hear more about our results and see some insights from our 3 week no sugar journey, check out our video summarizing the no sugar challenge results.