Here are three great reasons so get off of sugar, plus a free meal plan.
There are so many reasons to leave sugar behind, and today, I’m going to share my top three.
#1. Eliminating sugar makes you look younger. When I finally committed to changing my health lifestyle, it wasn’t just because I was sick of being overweight. What really drove me nuts was being asked if I was my son’s grandmother, and being offered the senior discount, regularly, at age 43. Within six month of going sugar free, I looked so much younger, and my skin looked so much better, that I threw out all of my foundation makeup, and many of my readers report that they have been able to do the same thing, including my sister Patty, who is 5 years older than me. How does giving up sugar make you look younger? When the body doesn’t have to metabolize as much glucose, it doesn’t produce as many age promoting free radicals. Also, burning sugar causes a process called glycation, which increases the visible aging of the skin. Here is a brief description of glycation from PubMed:
Nutrition and aging skin: sugar and glycation.
The effect of sugars on aging skin is governed by the simple act of covalently cross-linking two collagen fibers, which renders both of them incapable of easy repair. Glucose and fructose link the amino acids present in the collagen and elastin that support the dermis, producing advanced glycation end products or “AGEs.” This process is accelerated in all body tissues when sugar is elevated and is further stimulated by ultraviolet light in the skin. The effect on vascular, renal, retinal, coronary, and cutaneous tissues is being defined, as are methods of reducing the glycation load through careful diet and use of supplements.
Copyright 2010. Published by Elsevier Inc.
So when you lower your sugar consumption, you can lower your visible age too.
#2. Eliminating sugar aids weight and fat loss by reducing appetite. I knew that getting off of sugar, and the foods that break down to glucose like grains, had a powerful effect on my appetite. In the four years that I have spent as a Certified Personal Trainer and Transformation Coach, I have had the rewarding experience of seeing many of my clients and readers lose their cravings for sugary starchy foods. The result? They lost weight without experiencing the hunger and constant “food thoughts,” that are a normal feature of typical diets. Although most formal studies on sugar have addressed the dangers of consuming too much, one major study published in the journal “Obesity,” demonstrated that cutting sugar from children’s diets improved their health in just ten days. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.21371/abstract
#3. Reducing sugar consumption improves mood. When my readers reduce sugar in their meals, they automatically reduce processed foods. Why? The vast majority of foods that come in a bag or a box contain sugar. Eliminate sugar and get rid of foods that have been shown to increase the risk of depression. A study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that, “In middle-aged participants, a processed food dietary pattern is a risk factor for CES–D depression 5 years later, whereas a whole food pattern is protective.”
The truth is that a sugar free lifestyle can make you look and feel so good that you will be too busy enjoying life to miss the junk food. So how do you get started? Here is a sample of the kind of menus I follow every day. (Be sure to check with your doctor or a registered dietitian before changing your diet, especially if you have a health condition.)
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