I wanted to find out what it was really like to eliminate sugar from my diet — and how long I could last. Do you know how much added sugar the average American actually consumes daily? Eighty-three grams — more than triple what experts suggest. As if weight gain and cavities weren’t enough, high sugar intake has also been linked to diabetes, heart disease, and breast cancer — it’s enough to scare anyone into taking a closer look at their diet. I consider myself a healthy eater. I know to add protein or fiber to every meal, avoid processed foods, and eat my fruits and veggies. I don’t have a candy or two-a-day soda addiction to kick to the curb, but a big part of my diet is flavored yogurts, pre-made sauces and dressings, and grains. Spoiler alert: Those all contain sugar. So, I decided to challenge myself to go 10 days without sugar — including limiting my intake of honey, pure maple syrup, and other natural sweeteners.
TL;DR, there’s sugar in everything and I basically spent two months craving apples. No doubt about it, I am a comfort eater, and the sweet stuff is my biggest weakness. Chocolate, biscuits, crisp and fruity cider, sugary, bready anything, and cinema pick ‘n’ mix are my Kryptonite, but god, I can never get enough of it. I know it’s bad for me. I know I consume over the daily recommended 50g, and I know that can lead to health problems, tooth decay, and physical discomfort, among other issues. But sugar tastes like the ice cream van jingling down the street of my childhood home, cosying up with a cocoa in the winter, making brownies with old friends. It tastes like honest-to-god happiness, and I love it. Authors, health food gurus, and bloggers from across the globe have touted the benefits of a sugar-free lifestyle. Popular writer Ella Woodward has been designing recipes that fit a low-to-no-sugar diet for her blog, Deliciously Ella, for years, while TV personalities and foodies Davina McCall and Sarah Wilson are two of the highest-profile proponents of incredibly low sugar diets, and each offers books designed to kill a sugar “addiction”. I was interested in trying the fad out for myself and writing about it seemed like the perfect motivator.
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At the end of , British politician Tom Watson weighed pounds. After some research, he found the Bulletproof Diet and decided to give it a try. In his podcast episode on Bulletproof Radio [ iTunes ], Watson describes his experience. Over those 14 months, Watson has lost pounds. His diabetes has disappeared, his brain fog is gone, and his blood pressure is normal for the first time in over a decade. The biggest thing for Watson was kicking sugar. Sugar is addictive — it turns on reward pathways in your brain and causes withdrawal.