Why You Shouldn’t Quit Sugar
Have you considered quitting sugar but don’t know if you have the discipline to pull it off?
Are you thinking about cutting back on carbs but you don’t want to eliminate some of your favorite foods?
As with most things in life, quitting sugar isn’t one-size-fits-all. It might just be possible that you should consider other options rather than quitting sugar cold-turkey. But what other options do you have? Let’s explore this.
Food for Thought
I sometimes like to go against the “whole” grain. Especially when it seems like people aren’t thinking for themselves. A lot of people learn something new, hear it repeated ad nauseam, make assumptions, and then stop questioning things. Bad move. That’s where I come in. I like to speak plainly and honestly so you might make a more informed choice. It’s not that I have all the answers, but I do have a lot of questions, which leads to a great deal of critical reasoning, and that’s a good thing.
The truth is, some people shouldn’t give up sugar. Yes, yes, I know. In the nutritional-eating world, I’ve just committed a dozen sins. But somebody has to say what needs to be said. Simply-stated, quitting sugar is hard. That’s the bottom line. It takes mighty powerful conviction to pull it off. Those who can’t cut it crash hard, and sometimes end up binging and putting on more weight. If they have diet-related medical issues, they might worsen as a result of crashing after trying to quit sugar.
So I’m suggesting that you might be better off going with a low-fat diet, for example. Yes, I said low-fat diet. But give me a chance to explain before you throw me under the bus.
The Health Benefits of Eating Low-Fat?
First, if you’re not using healthy fats for fuel, such as in a low-carbohydrate diet, then you’re going to be using carbs to get your energy. Carbs, primarily in their processed, sugary form, are bad for your health in perhaps every conceivable way. Therefore, a low-fat diet, which is higher carbs and usually higher in processed sugars and high fructose corn syrup (which is like a poison to your body), must also be bad for your health. So wouldn’t that mean a low-fat diet should be avoided? Yes…and no.
I’ve heard it argued that one of the reasons that people lose weight and do “well” on a low-fat diet is because you normally cut calories by eating smaller meals, plus you avoid sweets. This is not the same as quitting sugar, but if it moves you closer to cutting out most or sometimes nearly all sugar, while also allowing you to eat some of the foods that you “can’t live without”, that seems like a good trade-off for some people.
What About Moderation?
Is it possible to quit sugar in moderation? Yes…and no. I’m all for eliminating sugar in stages. But that won’t work for everyone. Some will have to go cold-turkey and quit all forms of sugar all at once. Others might be able to handle stepping down, perhaps by eliminating sugar during breakfast for a while, then eventually doing the same for lunch, dinner, snacks, one step at a time.
Another way to step down might be to adopt a certain diet that allows what some would call, “slow carbs”. These are carbs that are absorbed by the body more slowly (think complex carbohydrates). Also due to the presence of fiber from various fresh vegetables. Fiber causes simple carbs to be metabolized slower. This minimizes a blood sugar spike caused from the carbs. While this diet might not be the best approach for someone who is at risk for diabetes, it would certainly be a step in the right direction. Aside from that, it could be a great way to begin a slow transition from a diet high in processed carbohydrates to a diet consisting of mostly whole from-the-earth foods. For more about this, you’re going to want to check into the Glycemic Index diet, also known as the G.I. Diet.
Quitting Sugar – Mentally
It’s obvious that I’m an advocate of reducing or eliminating processed sugars and high-fructose corn syrup from your diet. The less that has been done to your food before you put it into your mouth, the better it will be for your health on all levels. But the toughest part about quitting sugar is, by far, the mental aspect. Your body will adapt to a low-sugar diet much faster than your mind will, which is essentially why so many people struggle to quit sugar. This is why taking it slowly might be a better speed for you.
Talking about eating a low-fat diet may unsettle some of you. But the bottom line is we each have to find what will work for us. It’s important that we each adopt a diet that we can live with. And even if it’s not the healthiest diet in the world, what matters is that you’ve found a way to improve the way you eat without feeling deprived. That will open the door to cutting even more sugar out of your diet. And taking a slow approach by not quitting sugar all at once will also give your mind time to catch up with your body. While there are many different ways to approach quitting sugar, the best way for you might be to not quit sugar all at once. And one incremental change is better than none at all.