Should You Moderate or Eliminate Sugar from Your Diet?

There are two opposing thoughts when it comes to managing sugar cravings.

1.  Everything in moderation.

2.  One bite is too much.

Understanding which camp you fall into is a critical first step for managing your weight and kicking your sugar habit.

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Everything in Moderation

This is a popular principle touted by doctors, and mostly by people who do not struggle with sugar addictions. This method will work for you if you eat just one cookie or have one piece of chocolate. If you're able to do this consistently, then this can be an effective way to eat and release weight.

A couple examples would be:

1.  Have one 100-150 calorie snack per day.

2.  Enjoy your favorite dessert on the weekend and get right back on track on Monday.

 

One Bite is Too Much - Total Elimination

There are many quizzes available online that you can take to tell you whether or not you have a sugar addiction, but I find the simplest question to ask yourself is this. "Can I eat just one cookie? (cake/chocolate) and feel satisfied?"

There are certain foods that render certain people utterly devoid of the ability to stop eating. For those people, one bite is too much Click To Tweet In order to effectively release weight, those sugary foods must be eliminated from your diet. Don't even mess around with them. The second they touch your lips, they will trigger a biochemical response that will render you powerless to that food--good luck trying to stop yourself.

So if you tried our Sugar-Free Saturday and did not make it past noon, you may need to eliminate those trigger foods from your diet altogether. If you managed okay and did not feel like your life was ending, then you can try adding sweets in moderation like I suggested above.

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I would love to hear from you. Can you moderate or do you need to eliminate?

 

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Julie
Julie
2 years ago

I am a total addict. One in the same room is too many!

Jan
Jan
3 years ago

What is sugerfree Saturday? I think I’d like to try it.

Melanie
Melanie
3 years ago

I can usually eat just one
However, that being said, I don’t keep sugary treats in the house. I find that sugar makes my body ache and my joints hurt.

RuthAnn S
RuthAnn S
3 years ago

Sugar free Saturday went well for me. Before completing the 21 Day Challenge, I think I would have had a harder time. I’m thankul it’s easier to turn down sweets now. With that said, I don’t like to keep sweets around the house. But, on the rare occasion i have a sweet treat, I plan it into my calorie/carb boundary.

Felicia
Felicia
3 years ago

I fall into the elimination group when I eat certain foods I am unable to stop so I abstain from certain foods.

Ashleigh McGinnis
Ashleigh McGinnis
3 years ago

I did the sugar free Saturday and it was very difficult. I didn’t have a lot of foods available to prepare so I had to get creative…what I really noticed what how my body reacted. I was light headed, grouchy and did not feel myself. I had a hard time focusing. As I evaluate how I do with just one bite and walking away……some days I can do it and some days I can’t so I don’t know where to go from here other than to make sure I always have healthy foods available and keep plugging away at getting… Read more »

Katie
Katie
3 years ago

Does this idea apply to natural sugars such as those found in fruit or only processed?

Inga Williams
Inga Williams
3 years ago

I am completely addicted. I could not do Sugar-free over the weekend with all of the Father’s Day celebrating and I’m attempting to do it today. I’m not sure if I’m going to make it. I’m thinking about getting home and eating one of my husband’s chocolate chip cookies.

Mary
Mary
3 years ago

I can eat just one if that is all I have in the house. I cannot eat just one if I have a box of anything sweet!! We do not keep sweets in the house. When we have a sugar carving Robert goes to the store for me and buys one!!!