Do not underestimate the knock on effect sugar has on our health and wellbeing.
But fear not, we're here to help...
If you follow our 7 ways in 7 days to cut out sugar, your body could highly benefit with younger looking skin, a healthier gut, a lower risk of diabetes and higher energy levels.
Plus did you know that you’re more likely to get a good night’s sleep when you cut down on your sugar intake? Well, now it all makes sense, we know we’d take a good night's sleep over a slice of cake before bed any day of the week.
Here are the 7 ways you can take control of the amount of sugar you consume:
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.
4. Eat wholesome food
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.
Stuck for ideas?
Indulge in the healthy Mint Chocolate ice cream recipe below 🍦
Our favourite healthy dessert to satisfy the sweet tooth!
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
You only need 5 ingredients:
1 banana, frozen
1 cup of vanilla soy milk
1 teaspoon mint extract
2 scoops of the Mint & Chocolate Formula 1 Shake
Handful of dark chocolate chips
1.Place all ingredients except the chocolate chips and mix in a blender until smooth.
2.Then add the chocolate chips for that chocolatey taste! YUM.
By following these seven ways in seven day it will help you lose weight and achieve a healthier lifestyle, with little to no effort.
You should also check out our weight loss myth busters you NEED to know about, for more tips on just how easy it can be to conquer your weight loss goals.