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5 Sugar Cheats that work!

Updated on February 14, 2016
Heath dieting isn't always easy
Heath dieting isn't always easy | Source

Let's face it... consistency is hard!

Since we were old enough to comprehend words, we have been told what we should or shouldn't eat in order to be healthy. In recent studies, we have learned the problems of sugar, and how devastating its effects are for any weigh loss program. For some of us, getting rid of sugar is extremely hard. We are used to sugar in almost every meal of almost every day, and to be honest, we love it! How can some of us who are not as strong willed and disciplined as others still achieve great dieting results even with the occasional sugar binges? First, we need to understand the effects sugar has on the body.

Why is sugar bad?

Sugar... the bane to all our diet plans. Sugar is in almost all of our favorite foods and drinks. It can be found in foods you wouldn't expect sugar to be in and although it's delicious, it has some horrible weight gaining side effects. Sugar, especially the simple sugar we consume in most of our snacks and drinks, is addicting and manipulative. What I mean by manipulative is that it tricks your body into thinking you are not full and that you need to store more body fat-therefore, you feel like your'e still hungry. When we consume simple sugars, our body's glucose levels spike. Then, our body releases a hormone called insulin into our bloodstream so it can direct the traffic of fat and glucose to be used up by the cells of our body. Insulin also sends signals to our fat cells to be stored away for energy. The more insulin we create, the more our cells become resistant to the effects, similar to the resistance effect created when drinking too much coffee. When we become more resistant, our body releases more insulin into the blood stream as a result. Our body begins to store more fat than it needs because of the increase of insulin in the blood stream. Our brain cannot effectively access the signals from our fat cells and thinks it needs to eat more food and to store more fat in order to maintain its usual functionality. Therefore,sugar is not a friend of any weight loss program or healthy lifestyle. What do you do if you accidentally indulge in large portions of sugar when trying to eat healthy? Block Glucose and insulin levels from spiking! Here are 5 ways you can cheat and block your body from creating additional insulin

#1 Cinnamon

Cinnamon helps break down your blood's sugar levels in order for the sugar to be consumed as energy and not stored as fat. Eating cinnamon alongside any meal that has simple sugars will regulate glucose and insulin levels and help block the storing of fat into the cells. Studies have shown that just a spoon full of cinnamon a day is sufficient for achieving these results. While cinnamon is beneficial, too much cinnamon can cause liver problems. The best time to consume sugar is in the morning.


Apple Cider Vinegar

Recent studies have shown that people who take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before or after a meal drastically lower their body's blood glucose levels. Not only does apple cider vinegar help block glucose increase, it also stimulates digestion and reduces the amount of time that fats remain in the digestive tract.

#3 Fiber

Fiber works to absorb liquids. Eating foods rich in fiber helps to absorb sugar out of your digestive system, thus lowering the effect sugar has on your body's glucose and insulin levels.

#4 Nuts

Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) can enhance your body's ability to burn fat. Eating nuts can essentially torch the excess calories out your system. Aim for about 1 to 1.5 ounces (a small handful) of nuts per day.

#5 Water

The body's number one defense towards unnatural hormone levels is to flush the system and cleanse. Drinking more water means that you will be cleansing your body more often. More water also means you're probably drinking less sugary drinks, which obviously helps keep your sugar levels low. Water makes you feel fuller, so that you eat less. Basically, drink a ton of water!

Give it a shot

It's time to take these 5 sugar cheats and apply them to your lifestyle today. These 5 sugar cheats are not meant to replace the simple fact that eliminating sugar from your diet is still the best way to eat healthy. However, they are meant to help reduce the effect sugar has on the body.


If you have any questions or concerns about these 5 sugar cheats, please write a comment below and I will be sure to respond. Happy eating!

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