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How To Overcome Your Sugar Addiction!

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Addictive Foods

At one time or another, most of us have felt the craving, that unstoppable craving that drives us to seek out anything sweet and devour it. That unstoppable urge for cookies, cake or ice cream or that fresh baked pie calling to us to finish it off.

Why do we overeat? Why does that cookie have such power over us, even though we know it will make us fat and sick? Is it an indication of our moral weakness, a lack of will power, or is it a powerful brain response over which we have little control?

Debate has raged recently about whether sugary foods, the over-processed, hyper-palatable food that has become our Standard American Diet is addictive in the same way that heroin or cocaine is addictive. A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that, in fact, sugar and high glycemic foods can be addictive.

Dangers of a High Sugar Diet

The average American consume 31 teaspoons full of sugar DAILY!!

Weight Gain

Sugar in your body that is not immediately required for energy can easily be converted to triglycerides, a type of fat that can then be stored around your waist as well as in your hips and thighs. Sugary beverages, such as soft drinks and fruit-flavored punches, are the worst offenders because their liquid calories do not affect satiety and can even make you crave more.

Diabetes

One of the damaging effects of a diet high in sugar and other refined carbohydrates is that it puts you at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to an article published in 2002 in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”

Chronic Diseases

Chronically high insulin levels are associated with an increased risk of some cancers, heart diseases, polycystic ovarian syndrome, acne and even myopia, according to an article published in 2003 in “Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A.”

Impaired Immune System

Eating too much sugar can seriously compromise the ability of your immune system to fight viruses, bacteria and parasites, according to a classic study cited in in “USA Today” in 2009. In this study, eating sugar, either from table sugar, honey or unsweetened orange juice, depressed the immune system of healthy volunteers by about 50 percent for up to five hours. If you eat sugar at every meal, it means that your immune system will be functioning at half-capacity for most of the day.

How To Overcome Your Sugar Addiction!

Watch Natalie Butler, Viance Dietician, explain sugar addiction and advice how you can overcome your sugar addiction in this 3-part video series. Click to play and part-2 and part-3 will play automatically after part 1. You can also watch here.

If you need help overcoming your own sugar addiction, then be sure to check out our 3-Stage Program at  www.viance.com

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