In addition to weight gain, refined/processed sugar consumption increases the risk of insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and can affect memory as well as cognitive function. Refined sugar, found in many processed foods from packaged bread to pasta, accelerates aging as well as brain fog. It may seem impossible to eliminate added sugar from most of the foods that are processed for satiation purposes, but understanding all the amazing things that happen when you cut out sugar can give you a whole new diet.
What happens to your body 1 hour after quitting sugar?
First of all, you need to know that a few hours after you stop eating sugar, you will crave something sugary. Because sugar is addictive and activates the dopamine response in the brain’s reward center like a drug. Depending on the amount of sugar you consume daily, you may experience variable dips in your blood sugar levels, sweating, tremors, irritable moodiness, hunger and sadness. These symptoms can be reduced with fibrous fresh vegetables, anti-inflammatory protein sources and healthy fats.
1 day after
The days right after you stop consuming sugar are the hardest days. You may have withdrawal-like symptoms such as headaches and decreased energy levels. Just as a smoker who quits is battling strong cravings, people who quit sugar have a strong craving for something sweet. But the good news is that even a day after you quit sugar, your body begins to heal itself. Sugar feeds harmful microorganisms that can affect your gut health. Cutting out processed sugar helps keep these microorganisms in check.