1.Read your labels
Avoid any hidden sugars in your food. You may not realise because sugar may not be specifically labelled on the product. But check the ingredients for sugar substitutes which may have been added but can be just as bad such as, fructose, glucose, corn sugar and even honey is a form of sugar. When looking at food labels on the front of a packet, try your best to avoid anything with red sections- this is a warning of a high sugar content.
2. No more pop
We all love a fizzy drink now and again but do not consume them regularly. Fizzy drinks are loaded with tablespoons of sugar which means a ton of calories too. We know not everyone is keen on drinking litres of water but why not opt for a splash of Aloe Mango in your water which is great in keeping you hydrated and contains zero added sugars!
3. Avoid the sauce
Ketchup, BBQ, sweet chilli are all easily found in our kitchen cupboards but you will be shocked to know one squeeze of sauce contains 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar. So when you want to add some flavour to your food add fresh herbs and spices instead.
Whole foods are not processed or refined! They are also free from additives and artificial substances too, unlike ultra-processed foods that contain high levels of salt, sugar and fat. So go cook up a storm in your kitchen and experiment with new recipes!
Check out our very own Herbalife Nutrition Cookbook for inspiration!
Easy-to-follow recipes and suitable for vegetarians and vegans too.
Here Are Some Of The Biggest Culprits Of Added Excess Sugars:Canned or jarred pasta sauce
Ketchup and other condiments
Bread, even whole wheat
Crackers, even rice crackers
Almost all canned food
Refined flour, which processes in the body the same way as sugar
5. Eat more protein and healthy fats
Having a high sugar consumption is linked to an increase in appetite and weight gain. So ensure to have a protein and fat fix, not sugar. As you will not crave food unnecessarily and be full of energy too!
6. Opt for natural sweeteners
Did you know sugar can be as addictive as drugs or alcohol!
Studies in fact have actually shown that it can affect the brain in the same way too. So opt for natural sweet alternatives that are great for you!
Stevia: is extracted from the leaves of a plant called Stevia rebaudiana, it virtually has no calories and is shown to reduce blood pressure and blood sugar in people who have diabetes.
Erythritol: found naturally in fruit and only contains 6% of the calories of sugar, but it is so much sweeter so you only need a little sprinkle.
Xylitol: a sweetener found in many fruits and vegetables. It doesn’t cause blood sugar spikes.
7. Don’t go heavy with dessert
Desserts don’t really provide us with any nutritional value but if you are in the need for something sweet swap them with a high protein healthy dessert.