7 Day Weight Loss Challenge: Lose Weight Quickly and Safely In Just One Week

So, you think
you’re consuming too much sugar.

It’s not surprising. Truth is, intake of sugar
around the globe has increased over the years, with many people unaware of just
how much added sugar they’re eating every day.


 

If these signs and symptoms sound familiar, it
might be time to ditch the sweet stuff…

  • Your sugar cravings are through the roof.

Sugar addiction is
very real. In fact, studies have shown that sugar triggers the same reward and
craving system as addictive drugs. When you eat sugar, your pleasure centre
does a happy dance and releases the feel-good chemical, dopamine. And worse
still, as you consume more sugar, your tolerance for it increases too. This is
why your body begins to crave sweetness more frequently as it is literally
looking for its next hit of sugar!

  • You’re
    constantly hungry.

Another charming
side effect of excess sugar consumption are the constant hunger pangs. Research
shows that consumption of high-fructose foods decreases the production of
leptin – the hormone that tells your brain you’re full. At the same time, sugar
also affects the suppression of ghrelin – the hormone which tells the brain
you’re hungry. On top of that, sugar causes inflammation in the hippocampus,
which is responsible for receiving the “I’m full” messages from your body. With
these two processes working against your brain, it’s no wonder that it can’t
detect the feeling of fullness!

  • You’ve
    gained weight.

There’s no two ways
about it: fructose can make you fat. Studies have shown that no matter how many
calories you eat, if you eat fructose, you will put on weight. An interesting
piece of research even discovered that mice who ate calorie controlled portions
of food – which included fructose – had increased body weight, liver fat and
fat mass around their vital organs. And, these fructose-fed mice were 69 per
cent heavier than the mice in the study who were fed a calorie controlled
glucose diet.

  • You have
    regular mood swings.

So, back to how
sugar activates the pleasure centre in your brain… By releasing sweet, sweet
dopamine, a chain reaction kicks off whereby your brain celebrates the flood of
feel-good hormones. But, once the sugar high wears off, your body is left
searching for more. This is where mood swings begin to appear as your body is
literally screaming out for some more happy hormones.

  • Your skin
    breaks out constantly.

Acne can be a
physical symptom that you’re eating too much fructose. And let’s be honest,
battling pimples as an adult is the last thing you want to be dealing with.
Sugar encourages breakouts because it causes inflammation in your body. This
inflammation can lead to acne in the form of whiteheads, blackheads and red
lumps which congregate on your chin. The sweet stuff also spikes blood sugar
levels, which can encourage oil production. Not ideal.

  • Your energy
    levels are lacking.

We all know what a
sugar high feels like – you experience sudden bursts of energy, which disappear
just as quickly as they came. The rollercoaster leaves your body exhausted and
you begin to crave sugar again. If you feel like you’re constantly coming down
from a sugar high, chances are you’re overdoing the fructose.

  • You have
    difficulty concentrating.

Do you often feel foggy and unable to concentrate on tasks for
extended periods of time? Studies have shown that excessive amounts of
fructose can impair your brain function. Not only does it mess with your
brain’s ability to detect satiety, but it also affects your learning
capacity and memory. Your brain needs glucose to function properly, but
fructose only hinders your brain performance.

If you still need convincing to quit sugar, here are seven things you can look forward to when you ditch the sweet stuff…

  • Clearer skin.

Quitting sugar is possibly the cheapest anti-wrinkle treatment you
could ever wish for! Not only can you look forward to clearer skin when
you ditch sugar, but you can also expect a reduction in wrinkles. Sugar
consumption speeds up the ageing process due to its ability to break
down collagen – the protein which keeps your skin plump and
wrinkle-free. So, by cutting fructose out of your daily diet, you can
slow down ageing. Surely that’s enough incentive?!

  • Stronger
    immune system.

Sugar has the ability to suppress immune function thanks to its
inflammatory properties. Consuming excess amounts of added sugar also
inhibits the process of phagocytosis, which is the body’s way of
expelling bacteria and viruses. Phagocytes move through blood vessels
and tissues, hunting out disease-causing toxins in your body. Sugar
inhibits this process, which opens up your body to getting sick. Rid
yourself of sugar however, and you’ll be giving your immune system a
helping hand.

  • More energy.

Put simply, once you begin eating whole foods, your energy balances
out. In fact, people who have completed our 8-Week Program found that
quitting sugar gave them more energy!

  • Weight loss.

Losing weight is usually a side effect of kicking your sugar habit to
the curb. While not everyone loses weight, a lot of people do find that
they lose bulkaround their face and abdomen. When you limit your intake
of fructose, you also stop eating processed foods which are filled with
empty calories. If you don’t shift any weight after quitting sugar,
don’t stress! It just means that your body was already at its healthy
weight.

  • Reduced risk
    of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome refers to a group of disorders, including heart
disease, stroke, and diabetes. Research shows that sugar has a causal
role in metabolic disease, as it promotes higher body weight and fat
gain. In fact, studies have proven that consuming one serve of soft
drink a day increases the risk of heart attack or heart disease by a
whopping 35 per cent. Ditch the sugar and you’ll be lowering your risk
of developing these serious conditions.

  • Better
    moods.

Sugar consumption can cause anxiety, crankiness and even depression
in some people. So, cutting it out of your diet can increase your moods
greatly. And, because your body is no longer under the stress of
constantly craving sugar, your moods even out!

  • Food
    freedom!

This is possibly the most liberating outcome of quitting sugar. When
you find food freedom, you’re no longer a slave to sugar. No longer will
you suffer debilitating cravings, freeing up room in your mind for
other things. When the sugar stranglehold is no more, you are firmly in
control.

Try the 7 Day Healthy Eating Challenge

Here are the rules:

  • Drink water
    throughout the day
  • Every meal must be
    at least 50% plant-based
  • No fast food
    (chips, cookies, cake, looking at you…)
  • No added sugar
    (that means you’ll be reading the nutrition label on everything. Here’s a hint:
    save the time and eat whole foods)
  • No alcohol
  • No soda (that
    includes diet soda, too!)

     

    It’s only seven days, but if you’re willing to
    stick to these simple rules for a week, you might be surprised to see how
    quickly your body responds and adapts to a diet without junk in it. It helps to
    keep a journal of your meals and snacks so you can stay accountable to
    yourself.
    This is not a diet. It’s a mental challenge.
    You’re not counting calories, you’re not starving yourself, you’re not giving
    up flavor. What you are doing is re-training your brain and your body to
    recognize and enjoy real food again. It’s a simple step to help you cut out all
    of the excess sugar for good.

    Source: www.healthy-holistic-living.com

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