The test for potential sugar addiction is simple: if you think you might be addicted to sugar, it is safe to assume that you are. And even if you’re not quite there yet, the earlier you nip your sugar habit in the bud, the better it will be for your current and future health. Some compare sugar addiction to drug addiction, and while this may seem like an exaggeration to those who have no problem with sugar, there is experimental evidence that backs this assertion.
Ideally, no one should consume more than 10% of their daily calories in the form of refined sugar (even less is preferable). But incredibly, millions of Americans ingest two-to-three times this much, and will often continue to do so for many years. Adult obesity rates in the United States are currently about 35%, and there is no doubt that sugar – and sugar addiction – is a contributing factor to this frightening statistic.
When refined sugar reaches the bloodstream, it is almost instantly converted to glucose. It then makes a beeline for the pleasure centers of the brain, where it locks into specific receptors and leaves you feeling positively giddy – for a while. Repeated reinforcement of this cycle through further sugar consumption ‘seals the deal,’ and this is how real sugar addiction takes hold –in much the same way that drug addiction does.
Continuous over-consumption of sugar, fueled by the cravings and compulsions of addiction, is a health bomb that will eventually explode, leading to biological havoc that drastically lessens quality of life and shortens lifespans.. Sugar kills softly and slowly, but in a time-delayed form, its bite is as toxic as a cobra’s.
Rolling a Lucky Seven
Beating sugar addiction is not easy, and is not an effort to be undertaken casually. Smart strategy is a more potent remedy than sheer willpower, but if addicts follow these seven steps their chances of a full recovery – and a healthier future – will be greatly enhanced.
1. Put the ‘food for pleasure’ routine on hold
We obviously eat for nutrition, and for the calories our bodies need for energy. But equally we eat for pleasure.
Where do sugar addicts turn when they eat for pleasure? To old favorites such as cookies, cakes, pies, candy and soft drinks; if it’s loaded with refined sugar, it will likely be desirable. So those who are trying to beat a sugar addiction should put their food-for-pleasure routine in sleep mode for a few weeks, as they work to break the hold that sugar has over their lives. Once the detox phase is complete and sugar is out of the equation, a return to eating for pleasure could be a safe option.