The Sugar Challenge: Cut Out Sugar for Weight Loss

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The Sugar Challenge: Cut Out Sugar for Weight Loss

If you are trying to lose weight one of the best things you can do for yourself is to cut out any added sugars in your diet. Added sugars can be found in a variety of foods you eat from sodas, sugary beverages and coffee drinks, packaged cereals, granola bars, sweets such as candy and cookies, and many other foods you eat on a daily basis.

Ideally for women, you should limit your added sugar intake to 100 calories/day, or 25 grams/day, and for men, 150 calories/day, or 37 grams/day. You’ll be amazed at how quickly this can add up! So are you ready to take the challenge? If so log your sugar intake for 3 days to see where you are at, and then start making steps to cut the added sugars out of your diet. Ways to do that?

  • Opt for water and unsweetened beverages over sodas, fruit juices, and sugar laden coffee drinks.
  • Choose fresh fruits, veggies, and nuts as snacks instead of packaged foods.
  • Limit processed foods (pre-packaged, boxed and frozen foods) such as sugary cereals, granola bars, oatmeal packets, and sweet treats that are all loaded with sugar.
  • Read ingredients labels. If the first three ingredients are some form of sugar watch out! Sugar comes in many forms such as corn syrup, molasses, things ending in -ose (dextrose, fructose, sucrose, maltose), sorbitol, brown sugar, and corn sweetner.

I’d love to hear how it goes so leave a comment below and let me know!

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  1. says

    I am 5 weeks postpartum and have been dieting for 2 weeks.. I am on day 14, cutting out sugar and I am down 11 pounds! It is very difficult I must say, but worth it! I will begin working out in 2 weeks and slowly reintroduce dairy and fruit into my diet. Hopefully I continue to lose weight. I have never been healthier. I am eating loads of veggies and nuts and brown rice products to help with my carb cravings!

    • Becky says

      Great job Nicole! It is definitely difficult but well worth it with the weight loss and just how good and healthy you will feel! Keep up the good work and keep me posted on your progress!

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