If you’re trying to lose weight and get healthy, it is likely that you’re either eliminating or severely limiting sugar from your diet. However, what you may not realize is how truly dangerous this substance is for your body.
In fact, here are four reasons why you should monitor your sugar intake, above and beyond weight loss:
Reason #1: It is Addictive
Have even just a little bit of sugar, and you’re going to want more because it is highly addictive. That is partially why it is so easy to binge on it. Your body craves more of it when given a taste, much like it does with drugs and cigarettes.
Reason #2: It Leads to Obesity
When you consume any food made with sugar, your body releases insulin in an attempt to try to get your blood sugar back to normal. This leads to eating more sugar and generally higher fat foods, which ultimately makes you gain weight, putting you at risk of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Reason #3: Liver Problems
Eating excessive amounts of sugar also mean problems for your liver, the organ responsible for processing the nutrients and toxins you eat. It also stores any extra glucose (sugar) that you take in, putting you at risk of diabetes which raises your chances of developing liver disease when you have a diet high in sugary substances.
Reason #4: Cholesterol Issues
Research has found that people to take in a lot of sugar tend to have lower HDL levels (the “good” cholesterol) and higher triglycerides. This means that you increase your risk of cardiovascular disease when you eat a lot of sugar-containing foods on a regular basis.
This is why it is recommended that you severely restrict or even eliminate sugar from your diet. What have you done to make it easier to eat less sugar?