Mmm… Blotchy skin, rotting teeth, heart disease, and stomach fat. These are just some of the delicious side effects of MASS SUGAR CONSUMPTION.

I know what you might be thinking“No worries, I don’t eat a lot of sweets.”

I thought the same thing.

Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Sugar is hiding in just about everything these days, and most of us are eating a ton if it.

That means your favourite pasta sauce, fat free yogurt, coconut water, granola, baked beans, bagels, soups and more. In fact, a whopping 74% of processed food in the grocery store contains some sort of added sweetener.

To make matters worse, food products promoted as “fat-free” or “all natural” are often the worst offenders, laden with added sugar to compensate for flavour.

It’s no wonder that the average American eats over 23 teaspoons of a day. That’s more than THREE TIMES the maximum recommendation by the World Health Organization, who suggests a mere 6-8 teaspoons.

Why We Can’t Get Enough Sugar

We all know the white stuff is bad for us, but just how bad is it?

Added sugar contains a ton of extra calories with NO essential nutrients.

On top of that it’s terrible for your teeth and skin, leads to heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and is largely attributed to the obesity epidemic in the United States (just to name a few).

Unfortunately sugar is like a drug, and we’re all junkies (ever wonder why you can’t just have one cookie?!) You see, this sweet consumption creates a perpetual cycle. When you eat it, dopamine releases in the brain, creating euphoria. Blood sugar levels spike, then they fall rapidly, causing immediate fat storage. The cycle is then repeats as the body craves its next sugar high. That’s why I advocate for eating whole natural foods that won’t spike your blood sugar, keeping you full for longer.

Check out this diagram by the Weight Loss Ninja which explains the vicious cycle:

20130406221257-overcoming-sugar-addiction.pngIn fact, sugar is widely thought to affect the brain the same way as cocaine, with a recent study done by Princeton University showing that a greater neurological reward was provided by intense sweetness than the drug. Similar findings have shown that many experience intense with-drawl symptoms when quitting sugar, similar to the neurological symptoms of those going through nicotine, alcohol or morphine with-drawl.

 Why Should I Quit Sugar?

Beating this addiction has vastly improved my life. Here are some of the benefits I’ve personally experienced:

  • Weight loss
  • Clearer skin
  • Increased energy
  • Better ability to focus
  • Less cravings
  • A smaller appetite
  • More control over what I eat

It’s definitely not easy, but it’s so worth it to kick your sweet habit for good! Click here to go to my seven step guide that will help you get off the white stuff, for good!