Hey Angels and Alphas,
If you’ve ever tried cutting back on sugar, you know how difficult it can be. After all, sugar is in almost everything we eat – from breakfast cereal to salad dressing and even bread!
But what happens to your body after you decide to take a break from sugar?
In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the changes that occur in your body, hour by hour, when you go a full day without consuming any added sugar.
Within an Hour
When you stop eating sugar, the effects begin almost immediately. Within an hour of abstaining from sugar, your blood sugar levels will begin to drop. This is because there is no longer an influx of glucose entering the bloodstream.
Without a quick source of energy, your body begins to tap into its stored fat as an energy source. As a result, you may experience lightheadedness or fatigue due to the low levels of glucose in the bloodstream.
You may also start to feel cravings for sugar, which can be difficult to ignore. Your body has become accustomed to receiving its energy from sugar, and it is not used to running on stored fat. The cravings are your body’s way of telling you that it needs an energy source.
It’s important to remain strong and resist the urge to reach for sugary snacks. Eating small meals throughout the day can help to curb cravings and keep your energy levels up.
After a Few Hours
Once the sugar has been fully metabolized, your body will start to feel the effects of not having sugar in your system. You may find that you have more energy and don’t feel as sluggish as you did when you were consuming sugar.
As your body works to adjust to the sudden absence of sugar, you may start to feel a bit of withdrawal. You may experience headaches or cravings for sweets.
At this stage, your body begins to pull from its stores of carbohydrates for energy instead of relying on the easy burst of energy from sugar. As a result, you’ll likely be hungry again sooner than you normally would be.
To fight these hunger pangs, try snacking on complex carbohydrates such as oats, whole-grain breads, and other foods high in fiber.
Not only are these snacks more filling and nutrient dense, but they will also give your body slow-releasing energy so you can keep going throughout the day without a crash.
After a Day
By now, you have probably noticed some big changes in your body. Your energy levels are likely higher, and you may have improved mental clarity.
You have probably also seen some weight loss due to the lack of sugar in your diet.
Your body is now used to not having the constant influx of sugar it was previously used to and you are likely to feel less bloated and have a better night’s sleep. You may also have fewer cravings for sweet things, as your taste buds have adjusted to not having the high levels of sugar they were previously accustomed to.
You may have also started to experience some of the physical benefits of reducing your sugar intake. The first of these is increased insulin sensitivity. As your body has been able to process glucose more efficiently, this has allowed your body to use more glucose and therefore less insulin to do its job.
This can lead to better blood sugar control, which can reduce your risk of developing diabetes and other health conditions.
Another benefit is improved cholesterol levels. When you eat foods high in sugar, they can cause your body to produce more LDL (bad) cholesterol. Reducing your sugar intake will help reduce this type of cholesterol, leading to lower risks of heart disease.
Finally, after a day without sugar, you may notice an improvement in your skin. Sugary foods can lead to wrinkles, acne and other skin conditions, so reducing your sugar intake can help keep your skin looking younger for longer.
Overall, a day without sugar can bring about many positive changes for your body. By making small adjustments to your diet and lifestyle, you can help improve your overall health in the long run.