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, and 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.

shadow-ornament

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

 

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

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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.