Humans are programmed to like sugary things, when it was ‘run fast or get eaten’. We haven’t seen a sabre-tooth tiger on the tube recently. Most of us have access to far more food than is good for us. That means the sugar probably needs to be turned down.
If you are a sugar-monster, there are ways to defeat it without making life miserable.
Surprisingly, yes. Some people are physically less sensitive to the sweet taste and so can tolerate higher sugar levels. So they will happily eat food that others find too sickly-sweet to enjoy.
It won’t be news that too much sugar = too much waistline. Regular sugar intake is also bad for teeth. The childhood warnings about ‘too many sweets rot your teeth’ still apply to adults. The sweet tooth cannot be allowed to rule!
Two words; training and alternatives.
Training means educating yourself out of your sweet tastes. Don’t laugh – it can be done. Perhaps limit the ‘builders’ tea’ to the first one of the day, then go no-sugar after that. If no-frills coffee is too bitter, try a different flavour or add more milk. Consider sweeteners if you really can’t give up the sugar. There’s no evidence that they are harmful, although the taste is never the same. Who knows, maybe that will make you go for unsweetened drinks!
There are plenty of alternatives to piling in the sugar. Reach for an apple, a banana or an orange instead of a chocolate bar. That way you still get some sugar, but wrapped in nutrition too.
Keep filling foods easily available to fend off the munchies. Reserve the cakes and biscuits for an occasional treat. And of course, distract yourself with your Hussle workout. Replace the sugar rush with the exercise high!
many people are doing a lot more baking now - that combined with reduced exercise isn't going to do us any good! I know we all want comfort food but go easy on the cake.
The trick is to make your own sweet treats and reduce the sugar, such as scones and fruit cake. At least you know it's all real ingredients then too, nothing ultra-processed.
Sugar makes my partner happy. A box of chocolates or a decent bar of quality chocolate is a treat I can get her to make her feel happy. I don't think there's anything wrong with that if it's not too often.
yes, you read on forums about women who can't stop eating at one biscuit and eat the whole packet. I'd be sick!!
I think sugar is more of a problem for women than men. I love sugar, and could never train myself out of it. But nor would I want to. Everything in moderation, that's the key to real good health. Nowt wrong with a biscuit with your tea. Now the whole packet, that's a different matter.
back in the day I couldn't drink tea without sugar - now I can't stand it like that! However I am quite happy with biscuits and cakes so the training still has a way to go...
Thinking about giving up sugar in terms of 'training' yourself out of the habit is a great approach. Like physical workouts, it might not be easy, but the more you do it the easier it will be. Now where's that biscuit?