If ditching sugar cold turkey sends you into a panic, then this five-step plan from Dr. Nicole Avena, research neuroscientist and author of Why Diets Fail, is for you. In just a few short weeks you will be able to eliminate cravings, say no to the sweet stuff and start filling up on real food. Eating this way won’t just help you kick sugar to the curb—you’ll feel better, lose weight and have more energy.
Phase 1: Eliminate Sugary Beverages
Time: 1 to 2 weeks
There are many culprits: soft drinks, sweetened waters, coffee drinks, energy drinks, fruit drinks, and even apple juice. In fact, apple juice can be a combination of apple flavoring and 100% sweetener derived from concentrated fructose from the apple, so it can be called 100% apple juice.
One problem is that the size of these beverages can be deceiving; they also can be a way in which more sugar and calories can sneak into your diet without your knowledge. A conventional 12-ounce serving of a typical sugar-sweetened carbonated beverage, for example, is approximately 150 calories. But people rarely drink one serving. In fast-food chains, convenience stores, and movie theaters, these beverages are offered in portions that can contain around 300 to 500 calories. Click To Keep Reading