Are You Addicted to Sugar?

Check these symptoms of sugar addiction to see if you have a problem

signs of sugar addiction
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Are your sugar cravings out of control? Are you exhausted all of the time? You might be addicted to sugar. But since most of us love sweet foods and get tired now and then, how do you know for sure?

I spoke to sugar expert Dan DeFigio to get answers. DeFigio is the author of Beating Sugar Addiction for Dummies. He explained what to look for if you think you might be addicted to sugar.

Sugar Addiction Signs & Symptoms

According to Defigio, there are three main symptoms of sugar addiction.

 If you think you might be addicted, see if these symptoms look familiar.

  1. You eat sugar and junk food compulsively, even though you realize the negative consequences. You promise yourself you’ll never binge again.
     
  2. You hide your sugar consumption from other people, or lie about your eating behavior.
     
  3. You turn to sugar for an emotional lift, such as when you feel lonely, bored, or stressed.

According to the expert, if you have any of these addiction symptoms, you may have a problem and it might be time to make a change in your diet. Reducing your sugar intake may help you to look and feel better.

What To Do If You're Addicted to Sugar

A sugar addiction sounds serious, and it can be. But beating it is possible if you are motivated to change. The key is understanding the benefits of reducing your sugar intake. Dan DeFigio explains.

"Cutting back on your sugar intake can trim your waistline, increase your energy, ease the mood roller coasters, improve your blood sugar and cholesterol profiles, increase the effectiveness of your immune system, reduce food cravings, reduce bloating, and lower inflammation".

Once you've decided to make a change, you can take baby steps to reduce your sugar intake.  Start by reading ingredient labels and identifying foods that contain too much sugar. You should also learn the common ways that sugar can be disguised in the foods that you eat. DeFigio recommends that you avoid prepared foods that contain more than 10 grams of sugar per serving.

 

And if you're tempted to go on a cleanse to get rid of your sugar habit, you might want to think twice. DeFigio doesn't recommend them. "I am not a fan of temporary diets and cleanses, because they don’t change what’s “normal” for you and therefore they don’t result in any permanent changes. That being said, any healthy behavior is better than none, so making some temporary changes (a “brief cleanse”) is better than doing nothing."

How Long Will It Take to Beat My Sugar Addiction?

Beating sugar addiction completely can take weeks or even months. But when you start to cut your sugar intake you're likely to see benefits right away. According to DeFigio, "Most people report that when they start eating less sugar, they start feeling better right away. Your pants will start to get looser in 2-4 weeks." But he adds that when you are addicted to sugar, a slow approach to change is usually the best method.

If you're still not sure if you're addicted to sugar, give sugar reduction a try and see how you feel after a couple of weeks.

You've got nothing to lose but a few extra pounds. To get more information about Dan DeFigio's program to help beat sugar addiction, visit his website, BeatingSugarAddiction.com.

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