Dan DeFigio gives advice from Beating Sugar Addiction For Dummies®
When you think of addiction, various illegal and harmful substances probably spring to mind…but not sugar. Yes, you know that candy, cookies, soda, and your other favorite sweet treats aren’t the healthiest options—and sure, you may feel the urge to satisfy a craving once in awhile—but there’s no way that sugar can totally hijack your life…right? Wrong. Believe it or not, sugar is highly addictive and acts on the pleasure center of the brain just like alcohol and heroin. In other words, the more you eat, the more you want. Combine sugar’s addictive nature with its omnipresence in our sweets-and-carbs-loving society and you have a recipe for a health disaster.
“Today, the average American consumes more than 130 pounds of sugar each year, which your body isn’t designed to handle,” says Dan DeFigio, author of Beating Sugar Addiction For Dummies® “As a result, our country is plagued with high rates of obesity, diabetes, chronic fatigue, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, and much more—a very high price to pay for the sake of habit, preference, and convenience.”
In his book, DeFigio explains the science behind sugar addiction and why it’s so harmful for your body. He also helps readers identify whether they might be sugar addicts and gives them the tools to create a sustainable and more nutritious diet, including exercise recommendations and healthy recipes. One of the first steps in decreasing your reliance on sugar, he says, is making smarter choices regarding the food you buy and eat.
Ten Surprising Foods to Leave Off Your Grocery List:
Genetically modified foods
Fruit juice and juice drinks
When you come across any of these foods in the grocery store, keep walking!” DeFigio concludes. “You can’t eat what you don’t have. And remember to make small, sustainable changes instead of trying to overhaul your eating habits overnight. The good news is, a basic knowledge of good nutrition and where to find it can have a huge impact on your well-being and health, now and in the future.”
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