A week ago, I decided to go sugar-free. I had put weight on over the last few months and was feeling tired and hungry all the time, and I suspected this may have been caused by eating too much sugar (e.g. doughnuts in the office, biscuits at meetings, ‘healthy’ cereal bars, etc.).
I have read lots of books and articles* which convinced me that fructose (which is in most forms of sugar) has been making me fat for two reasons:
- it is converted by my liver into fat
- it means I never feel completely full so I eat too much food in general.
I now suspect that the reason I lost weight on WeightWatchers was that I reduced my sugar intake. This is because sugary foods are high in ProPoints, so given the choice between a chocolate bar and a sandwich I usually chose to eat a sandwich.
Some people can moderate their sugar intake, but I find this very hard to do. Eating sugary foods just makes me want more. So I decided to cut sugary foods out as much as possible.
The main exception to this is that I am still eating a couple of portions of fruit per day. Fruit contains fibre which slows down the speed at which the sugar is absorbed, and fibre also makes you feel fuller which makes you less likely to consume large quantities of fruit in one go.
I am not having any artificial sweeteners because I prefer to eat real food, and because I want to kick the habit of eating sweet things and re-train my ‘sweet tooth’.
Unsweetened dairy products are ok because they don’t contain fructose. I have goat’s milk with my porridge in the morning because cow’s milk doesn’t agree with me and soya milk is sweetened with apple juice or other sweeteners.
I am still having savoury treats, including the Marmite cashews shown in the photo above. My favourite lunch is smoked salmon and avocado on toast, which seems very luxurious! I think it’s important that I continue to enjoy my food!
Fortunately, my husband is giving me lots of support with this. He has been keeping sugary stuff away from me, and making sure that there are lots of savoury treats around, including nuts and nice cheeses. But I am actually snacking less because I feel less hungry.
After a week of low sugar food I’m already feeling less tired, and I no longer count down the minutes until my next sugary snack. I’ve also lost a bit of weight, and my waist is a bit slimmer too. So my trousers feel comfortable for the first time in ages, which is good.
Tomorrow will be the real test because I’m going back to work. But I don’t want to undo my efforts so far, especially after making this blog post public, so hopefully it will be ok. Watch this space!
See also – Sugar-free me – the results!
*Some people have asked me for more details about the books and articles I read, so I will write a separate blog post about this soon.