SUGAR: Do you cut down or go cold turkey? The benefits of either are amazing! Slimpodder Ava Brodie used her sugar pod, which comes as part of the Slimpod Gold programme, then decided she needed to take more drastic action.
I hope her video story will inspire you to realise that sugar doesn’t have to be the enemy that destroys your weight loss ambitions.
Like it did with Ava, your Slimpod will rewire your brain for peace and serenity around food.
Ava, who is 62 and lives in Lancashire, was a size 14 before she started listening to Slimpod in February 2020. She lost weight and felt good about herself – but she knew she could do better.
So she did hours of research into the harmful effects of sugar and what she found out was the trigger that made her decide three months ago to ban it from her life for ever.
Today, Ava is a size 8 and has lost three and a half inches from her waistline since stopping sugar in the summer.
“My BMI has dropped from 29.5 to 23.5 – which means that I’m no longer overweight, let alone being on the verge of obesity,” she says.
“The sugar pod just hit a nerve and made me realise I CAN stop eating sugar.”
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Ava’s advice on how to stop eating sugar
Ava admits: “Since I was a girl I can’t remember a day going by without eating sugar! I used to call myself a sugarholic…until now!
“I’ve gone just over three months without eating any form of sugar or sweeteners in food and drinks and here’s what happened!
“For the first 10 days or so I had these side effects: headaches, spots and rashes on my face, sleep disruptions, fatigue, irritability and cravings for carbohydrates – sugar!
“Then after that I started to feel so much better. I had more energy, better quality of sleep, a clearer complexion, a feeling of contentment – and no more sweet cravings!
“What helped me was drinking two litres water a day, eating protein with each meal, eating more berries and citrus fruit and replacing coffee with hot water and a slice of lemon, or green tea.
“I still have one coffee daily with unsweetened almond milk and make it frothy in my blender – it’s lovely.
“I also found it important to distract myself when I got cravings.
“I can’t begin to tell you how happy and thrilled I am to have done this! I’d lost quite a bit of weight and a lot of inches with my Slimpod but then I got stuck and nothing was moving.
“After one week of going sugar free my weight started to come off again and I’ve lost 36lbs in total since starting Slimpod in February of this year.
“At 62 I feel more energised and happier than I have in a long time. To be finally free from sugar is such a relief.
“If anyone is thinking about it…just do it. Don’t be afraid to listen to your sugar pod.
“For me, going cold turkey was the option I took and I feel that was the only way that I could really and truly give up the sugar!”
Why you should stop eating sugar
The NHS recommends that adults should have no more than 30g of free sugars a day, (roughly equivalent to 7 sugar cubes).
Free sugars are those which are added to food or drinks, and sugars found naturally in honey, syrups, unsweetened fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies and purees.
They should not make up more than 5% of the energy (calories) you get from food and drink each day.
Free sugars are found in sweets, cakes, biscuits, chocolate and some fizzy drinks and juice drinks. For example, a can of cola can have as much as 9 cubes of sugar – more than the recommended daily limit for an adult.
Most people go way over their daily limit because processed food, takeaways and convenient ready meals are jam-packed with sugar.
Stop eating sugar and lose weight
When you pour excess sugar into your body it plays havoc with hormones like insulin and leptin.
Insulin converts sugar into energy but large doses of sugar hamper its work and wreak havoc with your body. This is called insulin resistance.
Leptin is a hormone which controls your appetite. When you become insulin resistant, leptin gets overwhelmed and you constantly crave food – especially sweet things.
Cakes, biscuits and fizzy drinks pile on the pounds around your middle and you become a fat storage machine.
This is because high blood sugar levels release a flood of insulin through your body and over time this makes fat build up around your belly.
This is especially dangerous because these abdominal fat cells release hormones that bring on the kind of inflammation that can cause heart disease and cancer.
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