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90 DAY CHALLENGE III: DAY 34
fruit or veggie snacks
no food after 8:00pm
NEXT WEEK'S ADDED CHALLENGE: reduce sugar intake
On our first 90 Day Challenge, I wrote that reducing sugar "will be my greatest challenge yet!" because I had such a sweet tooth and had to have something sweet after every meal. It used to take everything in me to not eat chocolate chip cookies for breakfast. I have to say though, this time around it is not a big deal to me. Doing this challenge and the Vi-shape shakes in particular have dramatically changed my cravings, particularly for sugar and fatty foods. It has been the best gift ever (along with a flat stomach) to not have those cravings anymore. I still enjoy a bowl of ice cream a couple nights a week but my portions have been greatly reduced because I just don't physically want more than that. I have found that the healthier I eat, the more my body craves healthy foods. It is a win-win! :)
Mamas, I want you to start to be aware of how much sugar you are consuming every day and start to cut back or cut out super sugary foods from your diet. If it is dessert at night, give yourself half of your normal portion. We all know what our own sugary vices are. Let's hold ourselves accountable and start our sugar detox and accelerate our progress on this fitness journey.
Dangers of Sugar
"The dangers of sugar are very serious. Excess sugar intake will do more to derail your weight loss eating plan than just about anything else. If you limit sugar in your diet, you will go a long way to getting incredible results with your weight loss eating plan.
The Hidden Dangers of Sugar
The Dangers of Sugar - When I researched the bad effects of sugar in our diet, I was astonished at how harmful sugar is to our bodies. We've all learned how sugar can rot our teeth, increase our risk of getting diabetes, and make us gain weight. You may be surprised at how many other bad effects sugar has on our system over the long term.
How Sugar Can Ruin Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan:
If you limit your sugar intake, you will be well on your way to building the body of your dreams. That's because excess sugar intake will do more to derail you from reaching your weight loss and fitness goals than just about anything.
The problem with sugar is that it tastes so darn good. Therein lies the rub. If sugar treats tasted like broccoli, it would be easy to avoid them altogether. Because sugar tastes good, it can be very difficult to avoid consuming excess amounts of it. Sugar is habit forming. It is addicting. And that can lead to all kinds of health problems. Sugar has absolutely no nutritional value. Consuming a lot of sugar is the equivalent of taking a daily fat pill.
Once we start eating sugar, it's difficult to stop. The more of it we eat, the more we crave.
Sugar is largely responsible for unwanted weight gain, excess fat, and excess sugar intake leads to obesity for too many people.
Sugar can give us a short-term spike in energy, but then we have an energy crash. Sugar actually robs us of energy, and that creates a vicious cycle where we exercise less, become even more sedentary, and gain even more weight.
Excess sugar intake is one of major reasons why many people don't realize their goal to lose weight or build a lean, muscular body. You cannot continue to take in excess amounts of sugar and expect to build the body that you desire.
There is a lot of media coverage about the dangers of saturated fat (and for good reason), but there is not enough coverage on the dangers of sugar. Limit both sugar intake and saturated fat in your diet, and you will see astonishing changes in your body. You will not believe the difference.
Dealing With Sugar Cravings:
We all struggle with food cravings. If you learn strategies of how to deal with sugar cravings, you will go a long way to reaching your weight loss and fitness goals.
Don't beat yourself up if you give in to the craving. You're human. Beating yourself up over the occasional slip up is only going to demotivate you and discourage you.
How Sugar Can Destroy your Body and Your Health:
One of the dangers of sugar is that sugar raises your blood sugar levels (makes sense). But sugar can also cause hypoglycemia. Over the long-term, excess sugar in your diet speeds up the aging process, increases your risk of getting cancer, heart problems, contributes to diabetes, can lead to osteoporosis, hurt your eyesight, and can cause arthritis.
For you ladies out there concerned about keeping your skin looking young, sugar plays a role in giving you wrinkles and aging your skin.
No Sugar Diet - Benefits of Cutting Sugar from Your Diet:
While we're not suggesting that you never eat sugar (that is extreme), if you adopt a a no sugar diet most days of the week, you will see quick weight loss results.
To put a more positive slant on it, if you limit your sugar intake, you lower your risk of degenerative diseases, slow the aging process, save hospital bills and medical bills, and improve the quality of your life. If you avoid the dangers of sugar, and limit your sugar intake, you'll look better, feel better, and perform better.
If you can discipline yourself to cut back on sugar, your chances of you getting serious results from your weight loss eating plan skyrocket. Cut back on sugar and the pounds will melt off your body.
Eating a lot of foods that contain too much sugar is habit forming. And like any other bad habit, the habit of eating too much sugar can be broken. Begin by cutting back on sugar a little at a time. Progressively cut back even more until you get to the point where you are consuming very little sugar in your diet. Substitute snacks that contain little or no sugar. Over time, it will get easier and easier to substitute good foods for the bad foods. You will train yourself to avoid the dangers of sugar.
We're not suggesting that you never eat sugar. Life is too short to never have candy bars, chocolate cake, and ice cream. Rather, work on cutting back on your sugar intake. The more you cut back on sugar, the more results you will see with your diet plan and your fitness goals.
Save the sugar foods as a way to reward yourself for your discipline with your diet plan. Create an incentive system where you reward yourself with your favorite sugar foods when you reach a weight loss or fitness milestone. This can be very effective in helping you reach your fitness goals."