You probably already know that too much sugar is bad for your health, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this article. But it’s often very difficult to reduce your daily sugar intake, particularly if certain lifestyle habits (such as having a can of soda for lunch) are hard to kick. Here are a few tips to get you started.
#1 – Take it one step at a time. For the first week, you can reduce your soda intake by one can a day. Once you get used to that, you can swap your sweetened breakfast cereal for something more natural, like fruit. Keep looking for low-glycemic alternatives to the food and drinks you’re used to, and take it slow.
#2 – Get lots of exercise. The recommended daily amount of sugar intake for one day is 40 grams — that’s around 10 teaspoons, or the amount of sugar in a can of soda. But you can forgive a higher amount if you exercise regularly — it means you’re burning more of the bad stuff.
#3 – Go for more natural sources of sugar, such as fruit and milk. While you should take less than 40 grams of added sugar a day, it’s considered okay to take up to 100 grams of natural sugar a day. But while natural sugar is better than added sugar, it still pays to watch your intake nonetheless.
Lastly, you can look for a good sugar-free, appetite-suppressing supplement to manage your cravings more easily. Acai berry, that wonder-fruit from Brazil, can help you with this. Acai has very little sugar and is packed with nutrients such as protein and fiber, which make you feel full longer. With Acai, skipping that extra can of soda will be easier than you might think.