Many people concerned about losing weight have started to consider being more ruthless about cutting unnecessary calories. In particular, they are looking at the wasted calories related to eating sugary foods, that is, simple carbohydrates like cake, candy, cookies, and items with high fructose corn syrup in them (HFCS).
Simple carbohydrates like sugar have been linked with arthritis, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and more. There are a number of ways to wean yourself off sugar, but one of the easiest and most successful is to adopt a low carb lifestyle.
Low Carb Diets – The Basics
The Atkins diet, developed in the early 1970s, was the result of a researcher, Dr. Atkins, noting that a high-carbohydrate diet would often leads to weight gain, as compared with a low fat diet. He was swimming against the low fat tide at that time, but millions of people have successfully lost weight on his diet.
Even if weight loss isn’t your goal, the Atkins diet and similar low carb diets such as Paleo and South Beach can help you wean yourself off white sugar.
The average American eats 300 grams of carbohydrates per day Atkins diet is extremely radical in its initial phase, the Induction phase. During the induction phase, you are only allowed 20 grams of carbohydrates per day for the first 2 weeks. After that you can go on to phase two if you wish, or remain on the Induction program depending on your weight loss goals if you have set any.
Sugar All Around
The 20 grams of carbohydrates is the benchmark because it is one of the best ways to start weaning yourself off sugar. Even if you don’t thank you eat a lot of sugar, the fact is that sugar in various forms is contained in many pre-packaged foods and convenience foods. For example, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is in many convenience foods. Fructose is fruit sugar. HFCS is highly concentrated fructose, so is potentially worse for you than table sugar.
Therefore, even people who say they never touch the sugar bowl might still be eating many grams of carbohydrates per day without even realizing it. For example, if you ever tried to eat breakfast in the US, you’ll discover that it’s almost impossible to find anything other than items full of carbohydrates, such as cereal, toast, waffles, pancakes and so on.
If you’re serious about weaning yourself off sugar, try Atkins program, or a sugar detox with nothing but water and lemon juice for a couple of days. Then see what a difference it makes to your sweet tooth and food cravings.