Get acquainted with sugar terminologies on the boxBe careful before you buy that box of cereals or canned juice from the grocery store. Check at the back of the box to find out the sugar content. Some items that have high levels of sugar include, canned juice, dairy products, Cereals (Unless they are specified as no sugar). Moreover, companies today are using disguised names of sugar to confuse people. Therefore, if the content list on the box reads, fructose, glucose, molasses, dextrose, brown sugar, corn sweetener then it is the same as sugar.
A good breakfast is the key to a good day
Your parents, doctors and your grandparents have always told you to have a good breakfast. It still holds true. Eat a good breakfast containing wholegrain cereals, porridge and oatmeal. These items release energy slowly in the body during the day and hence it lessens your craving for sugar.
Protein rich and low glycemic diet
Have a protein rich and low glycemic (GI) diet to control sugar levels. Protein takes time to be broken and hence makes you feel full for a longer duration. Low glycemic diet contains brown or whole grain bread and cereals. Most importantly, eat less and eat often. Change from eating three meals a day to a habit if smaller meals 4-5 times in a day. This will keep the sugar levels stabilized in your body throughout the day.
Artificial sweetener as the last resort
Use artificial sweeteners but only as the last resort. This is for those people who cannot fight their sweet tooth anymore. Use it in coffee and tea or the cake if at all you really have to eat it. However, do not use it too much. High intake of artificial sweetener is known to cause cancer. You can also switch to the more natural sources like honey.
Reward and punish approachIf you have been controlling your sugar diet for some time then make sure that you reward yourself by indulging into a sweet dish of your choice. On the other hand, if you have been guilty of not being able to control your sweet tooth then punish yourself by taking few extra rounds of the park during your workout the next day. This reward and punishment approach goes a long way in keeping sugar intake controlled.
Cutting out sugar is not that easy. It requires a lot of discipline to cut it out from your diet. Cutting sugar out becomes even more difficult when you see your friend, son, or anyone else indulging into the sugary delight. Therefore, more than technique it requires a strong decision.
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