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Limiting Sugar: How to Do It Effectively

By Genevieve Cunningham

Sugar is one of the most addictive substances in our foods today. Besides it literally causing our bodies to crave more, it also tastes so good, which makes us desire more mentally as well. But too much sugar can really harm our health. It's important to keep the consumption of sugar under control  which can be really hard to do! If you would like to limit the amount of sugar in your diet, and you need an easy way to do it, take a look at these tips for effectively lowering sugar and improving overall health.

Don't Add More

In today's world and our modern diet, sugar is already added in just about everything. Most foods contain sugar in order to enhance the flavor. We're used to this slightly sweetened taste, and it would take some adjusting to do without it. But even if you're not ready to switch to foods that aren't pre-sweetened at all, you can start by simply not adding more. Don't add extra sugar to your coffee. Don't add sugar to your teas. This gives your taste buds some time to adjust, and might help you eventually switch to an almost sugar-free diet. 

Find a Substitute You Enjoy

There are sugar substitutes everywhere, but not all replacements are created equal. Each sugar substitute claims to be the best, but each one tastes slightly different. To figure out which one is best for you, you'll need to do some research and taste testing. Find one that fits your diet and one that tastes the most like sugar. If you can find one you like, it can make the transition to a lower sugar diet much easier. 

Don't Do It All at Once

You don't have to go all or nothing. It's not a diet full of brownies and cake or a diet completely void of sugar. It's OK to find a healthy balance. Eat sugar, but do so in much smaller amounts. Cut back, but allow yourself one treat per day. This is a much easier concept for most people, and generally proves longer lasting success. 

Sugar isn't the worst substance in the world, but it's not a healthy choice either. Use these tips to help you cut back. With less sugar in your diet, you may notice weight loss, better focus, and a healthier body overall. Sugar is good  but it's bad, too. Lower your consumption and enjoy the better health that comes with it. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Van Nuys, Calif.

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