A sugar addiction isn’t always obvious. You may not be eating Tim Tams by the packet or guzzling cans of soft drink, but be wary as that doesn’t mean sugar is absent from your diet!

Most of us are likely eating sugar throughout the day without even realising it. Sugar is added to foods that don’t even taste all that sweet, like breads, condiments, and sauces. A high-sugar diet increases your odds of tooth decay, heart disease, and diabetes, not to mention weight gain.1

QUIZ: Do you have a sugar addiction?

Think you might be a sugar addict but not sure where to start? We’ve included a short quiz below to help you identify what type of foods might be a trigger for you. Simply answer yes or no to the following:

  1. If you reach for a salty snack, is the bag empty before you know it?
  2. Are you able to skip dessert, but the bread basket and the pasta platter is empty?
  3. Can you control your food intake during meals but have trouble when you start to snack, especially on chips, crackers and other similar snacks?
  4. When you want to lose weight, is it easier to skip meals altogether rather than just eat smaller ones?
  5. Do you find that you are tired all the time? Are there things you’d love to do but just don’t have the energy for?
  6. Once you’ve had “just a taste” of bread, muffins, crackers, pasta, or rice, do you go back for a second (or third) helping?
  7. Do you spend the day on a roller coaster of snacking highs and lows, hitting the doughnuts in the morning, the vending machine chips or lollies in the afternoon, and the ice cream at night?
  8. Do you eat healthy around other people but can’t control it when you’re alone?

Results

  • Did you answer yes to two or more odd-numbered questions? Then your food addiction likely lies with sweets or salty snacks—cookies, chips, cakes—that have been carefully engineered by food scientists to keep you eating and eating and eating.
  • If you answered yes to two or more even-numbered questions, you are highly susceptible to the addictive powers of white flour (which acts like a sugar during digestion).
  • Lastly, if you answered yes to two or more odd- and even-numbered questions (at least four total questions), you are highly susceptible to food addiction, period.

How to stamp out sugar

These four tips can help anyone cut down on sugar intake:

A spoonful of sugarEat no more than 24 grams (or six teaspoons) of added sugar in 24 hours

One teaspoon equals four grams so when you see sugar grams on a label, just divide by four to get the number of teaspoons. A packet of oatmeal for example can have 12 grams of sugar — that’s three teaspoons, or half of what is recommended for your daily sugar intake! Meanwhile yogurt can have more than 24 grams — your whole day’s allotment. Which just goes to show that foods that are perceived as the healthier option can sometime contain added ‘nasties’. Try tracking your sugar intake for one week. You might be surprised at how much you actually consume!

Pile of unhealthy foodKick out trigger foods

Think of any food that sends you into an out-of-control eating frenzy (c’mon guys, we all have one). You might want just one spoonful of Peanut Butter, and before you know it, the jar is gone! Or you tell yourself you’ll only have a few chips, only to end up eating the entire packet. You probably have some idea of what foods may be triggers for you, but the quiz above can help you really identify it. Get these foods out of your kitchen, out of your purse, and out of your office snack drawer. If you don’t make them easily accessible then you’ll be less likely to go overboard on them.

 

Glass of water being pouredHydrate correctly

Proper hydration is fundamental and should be foundation of your healthy lifestyle habits. It gives you energy yes, but not if your drinks are loaded with sugar and chemicals. By eliminating soft drinks and other non-diet beverages, the average person could potentially lose a kilo a week! Adequate water intake may quell your appetite, boost your metabolism, and combat bloating.

 

Containers filled with pre prepared foodFuel every two to four hours

If you come home starving, you eat anything and everything! Your body then puts it straight into storage because it’s afraid you’re going to starve it again. So try to not to forget to eat during the day so that you’re not in a fasted state of mind at the end of it.

 

Want to see some more everyday health tips you can incorporate into your day? Check out our article: 8 easy everyday health tips

 


1 https://authoritynutrition.com/10-disturbing-reasons-why-sugar-is-bad/

http://www.rd.com/health/diet-weight-loss/sugar-addiction/

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/how-to-cut-down-on-sugar-in-your-diet.aspx

http://www.diabetessa.com.au/latest-news/swap-the-pops-for-the-water-drops.html?gclid=CNOF7PXSzNACFQonvQodPiMGBw

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