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How to Finally Give Up Sugar

By Genevieve Cunningham

If you’re looking to join the group of super fit people in the world, you’re eventually going to have to give up some of your favorite items. The super fit generally don’t drink heavy amounts of soda or juice, and they don’t eat lots of carbs or sugar. For those of us in the realm of semi-healthy, giving up sugar sounds incredibly unappealing. But the truth is that even for those who aren’t seeking top level fitness, giving up sugar has some amazing benefits. Clear skin, improved digestion, and fat loss are just a few of the benefits. Because sugar is addicting, it’s tough to give up. To give yourself a headstart, check out these tips for finally giving it up for good.

Start Slowly

It won’t be a good idea to try to give up all sugar all at once. You’ll only be setting yourself up for failure. Instead, just choose one or two items and eliminate them from your diet. Once you get the hang of these, add another. Eliminating slowly will do two things for your body. First, it will help you be more successful long-term, as you’ll have less chance of binging out. Second, it will help with the detox process. When people eliminate sugar, they often have trouble with headaches and other negative sensations as the sugar leaves and the cravings subside.

Find a Replacement

While this is not always a good idea, it can work when you get ready to give up sugar. To satisfy your sweet tooth, replace your sugar with a fruit or sweet veggie. Fruit will still contain sugar, but it’s a different, more natural kind than high fructose corn syrup, which is what you’ll be purging from your body. Instead of that bag of candy, buy a watermelon. Instead of the soda, allow yourself some pomegranate. Replacing bad habits with better habits is a good way to break old cycles and begin fresh.

Allow for Mistakes

Mistakes and mishaps are going to happen. Let them, and don’t let these little errors get you down. So you ate a piece of cake or an entire pie? OK, not great, but it’s over. Let it go and start again. If you take this approach, you’re much less likely to allow small mistakes to build into giant ones that can seriously derail your long-term success.

Giving up sugar is not an easy task, but it can be done. Plenty of people have done it before, and plenty of people will do it again. If you want to give it up, just use these tips to scale back. You’ll likely find your health improve over time until sugar loses its appeal and becomes a thing in your past.

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