Sugar is a drug. In fact, sugar activates the same area of the brain as cocaine, is more addictive, and can cause a wealth of problems that even Tony Montana didn’t have. Excess sugar in the body can eventually lead to diabetes, cancer, depression, dementia, acne, infertility, and of course, heart disease. This isn’t a new discovery recently made in the world of health and food; we’ve known about the detrimental affect sugar has on our body for years.
According to the research, the average American consumes around 152 pounds of sugar each year. The average American male weighs about 195.5 pounds, while the average American female weighs in at about 167. These numbers are more significant when they’re compared to statistics from the 1960s; the average American male weighed about 167 pounds, and the average woman around 141 pounds.
This is exactly why Mark Hyman M.D. created a 10-day diet which attempts to rid sugar from the body. More than 600 people tried out his program, and they collectively lost 4000 pounds in just ten days. This specific diet is interesting because it changes the way a person looks, thinks, and craves food. It’s full of foods that reverse sugar addiction and reset the body so that you can cut the dangerous substance from your life. A true sugar detox.
Here’s what the 10-day diet really looks like.
1. Make the Decision
This is step one in the diet, and if you’ve decided to rid sugar from your body, you’re already on the right path.
2. You Have to Do It Cold Turkey
Just like an alcoholic can’t have one more drink, you can’t have one more sugary snack. As soon as you cheat just a little bit, your cravings will spike and it will all be over. Stay strong for ten days and let the diet do the work.
3. Don’t Drink Calories
Soda and sugary liquids are worse than sugary foods, according to the expert. It’s a fact that one soda a day can increase a child’s chance of being obese by 60 percent, and a woman’s chance of having type 2 diabetes by 80 percent.
4. Get Protein
Protein helps balance blood sugar and insulin levels, and most importantly, it’s a source of energy that is carb free. If you’re looking to cut even more weight from your body, you can invest in some great tasting protein powder that will give you all you need. Nuts are also a great source of raw protein, but be careful, they’re also fatty relative to their size.
5. As Many Good Carbs as You Want
You can eat any veggie you want, as long as they aren’t full of starch like potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, or beets. Any green vegetable your heart desires you can have. Some good ones are broccoli, kale, peppers, asparagus, and artichokes.
6. Use Fat
This seems counterintuitive, but fat makes you feel full, which will limit your cravings for sugar. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as good fat, and it’s a necessary part of your cellular structure.
7. Be Prepared
You can’t even get in the car nowadays without seeing a wave of fast food restaurants waving at you from the side of the road. When blood sugar is low, these burger joints can look like an oasis in the desert. Keep an emergency pack with you filled with proteins and healthy snacks so that you aren’t tempted to make the wrong choice.
8. Don’t Stress
The stress hormone called cortisol makes you feel hungry and it activates fat storage in the body. Simply taking deep breaths can reverse this process, and actually move your body from a fat storage state to a fat burning state. Take five slow, deep breaths to the count of five, five times in a row, before every meal. You’ll be amazed at what happens.
9. Stop Gluten and Dairy
These two hidden food sensitivities are what most people have, and they crave these allergens. They’re going to be tough to quit, but after ten days of the diet, you’ll find your cravings have subsided drastically. You’ll also have more energy throughout your day.
10. Get Sleep
Not getting enough sleep will give rise to hunger hormones, decrease in appetite-suppressing hormones, and cause huge cravings for sugar and carbs. When you aren’t getting your energy from sleep, your body will look for it elsewhere. Sleep is one the best ways to ensure that cravings don’t overpower you.