July 17, 2019

If I didn't know any better, I'd quite happily munch through a tub of ice cream every day.  And 400g Dairy Milk. That's my sweet tooth demon! It's not your fault if you have one too.  Sugar attaches to the same brain receptors as HEROIN. And the entire world is ADDICTED!!

What about you?

Trying to lose weight with an all mighty sweet-tooth can be a REALLY tough job. The problem is that most of us have a sweet-tooth that's out of control. Sugar is bloody addictive stuff. 

It's hidden in so many foods (Bread, Soups, Tomato Sauce, Peanut Butter, Yoghurts, Health bars, Protein shakes). 

It often 'sneaks' into our diet without us even knowing it.  We are convenience eaters and we make 90% of food decisions subconsciously so it's no wonder we make mistakes....

When we see food, we want to eat it and when we eat it, we have no conscious memory of eating it!!

 If it's not the mars bar at the petrol station or the brownie at the coffee shop, sugar will break you down one way or another. Food manufacturers chuck in extra sugar whenever they can to get us hooked on their products. 

The good news is that we can break this habit.

The first step in taming your sweet tooth is to actually take a look at what you're eating. 
No guess work. Track what you eat for a few days and read the labels. Make notes of how much sugar you eat and begin to plan how you can make changes.  If your goal is maximum fat loss, then I recommend cutting out all refined sugar for a period of 28 days.  Although, if you're a serious sugar addict you might find yourself crying in the corner of a dark room if you go cold turkey. I can't have you crying, so the plan is tame it slowly and reduce your sugar intake over a number of weeks. Many people have become over reliant on sugar for energy. When the low sugar levels hit, cravings go through the roof. So here's a practical solution:

Gradually decrease the amount of sugar you eat, so that you're not completely reliant on sugar for fuel. You'll be glad you did! Now, I know some people will be reading this thinking 'No way Jose!'
"Everything in moderation" they'll say to themselves. To these people I say track the sugar going in and tell me if it's in "moderation".
Chances are, it's not. 

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About the Author Neil Owens

Neil is paasionate about helping people become fitter

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