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Breaking Your Sugar Addiction

The 4-Week Plan to Stop Sugar Cravings

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  • I found all your tips to be good. But clearly you've never spoken to a sugar ADDICT. It took a full YEAR to break my sugar cravings. "Promising" that it only takes a few weeks is going to dishearten many and cause them to quit. Knowing that sometimes it takes much longer can help many to be properly prepared.
    On the upside, I am no longer a SLAVE to sugar -- and MODERATION is ABSOLUTELY KEY! I can eat small amounts on very infrequent occasions without reactivating cravings. And should I overindulge, now, it only takes a few weeks to re-conquer the cravings and get back in control. It is very GOOD to be in control! - 12/3/2016 1:27:39 PM
  • Please visit and read my September, 2016 blog post, on my Spark page, about the news now being uncovered on the 1960s' scandal of the sugar industry bribing key U.S. health and nutrition researchers.

    http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
    _journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236059 - 9/15/2016 1:21:40 AM
  • I am going to attempt to lessen my sugar intake..thanks to this article..thank you! - 8/4/2016 1:33:47 PM
  • ELIENAU06
    Why can't we track sugar when tracking the food we eat? Or at least it is not listed as a separate item in the list of nutrients to track. - 7/27/2016 3:46:53 PM
  • A little bit of math for anyone else trying to get some of the quoted numbers in to perspective:

    132 lbs per American in 2010 is 299.6 cups / 14,383 tsp of sugar per year, or 0.82 cups / 39.4 tsp per day

    The new recommendation for maximum added sugar should be calculated based on your own personal maintenance intake using the 7% or less formula. The "6 tsp for women and 9 tsp for men" is apparently based on the idea that women should be eating 1372 calories per day and men should be eating 2000 calories per day. Since I, as a woman, maintain at over 2100 calories per day, then I can have over 9 tsp of added sugars (if I want to) and still stay within the new recommended maximum.

    Going with the 9 tsp per day, that works out to 3285 tsp / 68.44 cups / 30.15 lbs of sugar per year. In terms of calories, that is 52,560 calories per year (the equivalent of 15 lbs of body weight per year, based on the 3500 calories / lb formula). - 7/26/2016 11:59:51 AM
  • BLOPEZ94
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    - 4/12/2016 7:24:53 PM
  • CRISTINA011504
    I've been size 10 all my life without even trying a lot. Recently I hit my 40th birthday. And now i can see that iím starting to gain weight. Soon i will need my personal time zone. My metabolism is getting slower i guess. i hate working out so decided to give weight loss supplements a shot. But there are so manyÖ. My friend which is a dietitian said that www.verified-forskolin.com is the best since it's verified by a lot of studies. Maybe somebody tried it? Or should i try garcinia? - 4/12/2016 7:02:48 PM
  • I have managed in the past to give up most sugar for a few weeks, to the point where things like tinned baked beans and spaghetti taste like jam to me! But the problem is things like Christmas and Easter, where other people give me chocolate. I have been known to give boxes of chocolates away, just to stop me from eating it, cos if it's there, I will eat it, and no, I will not be able to eke it out for weeks. (one square a day my eye!) I think I will try again, after Easter, but I know it will be hard - 3/19/2016 4:05:33 PM
  • I say "All things in moderation". Try to cut high fructose sugars whenever possible, but I don't think I could cut out ALL sugars. Great article though!
    Thanks.

    Nola - 1/11/2016 7:30:13 PM
  • LOTS of misinformation going on here. It is not simply "sugar," but sugar in combination with fats and overeating that deadly combination that are the cause for weight gain and health issues (cake=sugar plus oils and butter, cookies=oil, butter, sugar once again). There are a vast number of high carb vegans that are incredibly fit and trim that can demonstrate that sugar and carbohydrates certainly are not the issue themselves. Fruits, pastas, potatoes, all contain "sugar" that is optimal for health. Refined sugar is an issue, as it provides little to no nutritional value which means its easy to give your body more than it needs, but simply saying "sugar" is not entirely accurate. - 12/2/2015 12:25:10 PM
  • Much like becoming a vegetarian, giving up sugar is not going to happen for me, I need a plan I can follow and still enjoy my life. Being sugar free, like being meat free, might guarantee weight loss but I would not enjoy living that way. Good suggestions on cutting out the obvious sugar but that is probably as far as I will go. - 12/2/2015 3:35:55 AM
  • STEPHIESMITH92
    Ever since I started being more conscious of my sugar intake by checking the nutritional facts, it was shocking to see how much sugar is added to our food! A lot of people think of substance abuse or drugs when they think of addiction, but sugar truly can be addicting. That's why it can be so difficult for some people to make the life changes they need to lose weight. I hope that more people come to understand just how much damage sugar can do. focustreatmentcenters.com - 9/17/2015 1:53:24 PM
  • CYNTHIA575
    25 days sugar free. I have learned that sugar free does not mean sugar free. Reading labels is very important. I feel so much better. I had sugar free jello last nite. Yuck. That stuff is nasty. I will be making my own stuff. I will know what goes in it. Best advice I can give you is prepare and carry ibuprofen with you. It does help. - 9/4/2015 8:38:12 AM
  • KIMSHEPH
    Itís funny that people talk about meat and sugar addiction at a time when alcohol addiction is killing the West. We frankly need more rehab centers, effective rehab treatments, and more rehab center review sites like Canada Rehab reviews ( http://canadarehabreviews.com ), anti-drug and alcohol laws, not fancy sugar addiction rehabs. - 8/18/2015 5:48:57 AM
  • ANNASTASIA76
    Does anybody know how to get rid of the nausea after going without sugar, I can go without for 3 weeks but after that I start getting sick and weak and just can't function. I can avoid that by drinking fruit juice but that's just another form of sugar, while it's better than my addiction to chocolate it's still alot of sugar and calories and I can't loose weight that way.

    I was told that there are some teas I can drink to curb the nausea and help get rid of my sugar addiction but wasn't told what those are.

    also have a citric acid intolerance/allergy, a lot of the tips here to get away from sugar involved things I can't eat are there any substitutes?? - 3/24/2015 4:37:56 PM

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