According to newest research regarding weight problems, the leading cause for weight gain is not the consumption of carbs and fat, but sugar. That is, if a person consumes high amounts of sugar, either through food or drinks, he/she has an increased risk of weight gain. Artificial sugar is present in products like sodas, cereals, candies, salad dressings, etc.

It’s important to note that raisins, bananas, mangos, and freshly squeezed fruit juices also contain sugar, but in the form of simple carbs. Sugar overdose is a condition characterized by fatigue, depression, headache, yeast infection, hyperactivity, sinus issues, cold, sleepiness, etc. Unfortunately, excessive amounts of sugar can also cause more serious health problems like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer.

The connection between sugar and weight gain

When we consume sugar, our body takes how much it needs in order to increase the energy levels. The rest of the sugar is stored as fat. Artificial sugar is different than natural sugar, that is, it goes into the intestines where it reacts with the intestinal bacteria and increases the level of blood sugar. Often times, this causes fat in the hips, thighs, and waist.

How to stop eating sugar

Believe it or not, it is possible to give up sugar. However, you need to be aware that while withdrawing, you may experience symptoms like headaches, sadness, fatigue, cravings, etc., just like withdrawal symptoms of any other addiction. Usually, we experience sugar cravings after a meal has been digested, that is, when the body sends signals to the brain to stop eating. This is when we reach for something sweet.

You should start the withdrawal gradually, not give up sugar all at once because this will make you want sugar even more. Take a look at the following 3-day diet plan and detox drinks which will ease the process of giving up sugar:

Day 1

Breakfast-a cup of oats with several berries, almonds, and seeds or 3 boiled or scrambled eggs

Morning snack-a bowl of nuts

Lunch-chicken breasts with butternut squash, beets, turnips, carrots, parsnips, almonds, and beans

Dinner-broiled fish and a bowl of green beans or salmon and fried broccoli and mushrooms

Day 2

Breakfast-a cup of steel cut oats with several berries, almonds and seeds, or 3 scrambled eggs with a bit of spinach

Morning snack-a small bowl of nuts

Lunch-grilled zucchini, yellow and red peppers with lemon, vinegar, and thyme dressing, or a salad made from shredded red and green cabbage and shredded carrots with sprinkled olive oil, sea salt, lemon, and parsley

Dinner-soup from beans or baked cod with steamed veggies and vegetable casserole or baked cod with stir-fried bok choy and roasted Brussels sprouts and turnips

Day 3

Breakfast-a cup of steel oats with several berries, almonds, and seeds or scrambled eggs, sautéed kale, radish salad, and walnuts

Morning snack-a bowl of nuts

Lunch-roasted chicken thighs with lemon, sage, and rosemary or roasted chicken meat with thyme, black olives, and onions

Dinner-mushrooms with onion, garlic, broth, celery, carrots, thyme, and bay leaves or penne pasta from brown rice with a sauce from mushrooms, tomato, and basil

Detox drinks

Replace the sugary drinks with the following cleansing beverages:

Detox water-chop berries, strawberries, grapefruits, oranges, fresh rosemary, and fresh mint and put them in a jar. Add water and store the jar in the fridge. Drink it daily.

Tea-prepare green or any other herbal tea and drink it three times per day, without sugar.

Coffee-drink one cup of black coffee per day, without sugar.