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Sandtrap
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Anyone recently give up sugar?
I’ve been doing IF for a few months now and have lost the amount of weight I wanted with a few additional pounds as well. Feel better than I have in a very long time. More energy in general and have gotten used to being hungry and not eating right away. Taking in a lot more water has been a benefit as well. While I have mostly positive things to say about IF, I have really allowed myself to get a little out of control with the sweets. Doesn’t help that king cakes are in front of my face non-stop. Hoping to really try to kick the sweets after Mardi Gras and wanted any advice for people who’ve given it up. Some of my main questions would be:
Did you go cold turkey or slowly decrease intake?
Can (and do) you still eat fruit? How much?
How often do you eat something sweet now?
Most importantly, how long did it take for the cravings to go away? Weeks? Months? Never?!?!

Thanks in advance!


CoachChappy
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re: Anyone recently give up sugar?
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Did you go cold turkey
Yes
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Can (and do) you still eat fruit?
NO
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how long did it take for the cravings to go away?
Days/weeks

I do eat some sugar now, but will be going back to keto during lent. I've never had a sweet tooth, but my wife does. She even doesn't crave sweets anymore. The desire to eat them will always be there, but your self control will be much stronger. You can put a king cake in front of me, and I can clearly, consciously choose to eat it or not.


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AyyyBaw
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re: Anyone recently give up sugar?
I decided to give up sweets starting with this new year. I've never really had a sweet tooth, so it wasn't super hard for me. We rarely have sweets in the house which makes it easier, but in the event of a birthday or special occasion I will definitely enjoy myself with my family/friends and have a sweet treat. I don't eat much fruit, but fruit here and there isn't a big deal for me. I'm not going to skip a fresh homegrown satsuma to reduce naturally occurring sugar. I do have a banana nearly every morning. I like bananas because I've heard it has one of the better glucose:fructose ratios, but I could be wrong. Anyways, you just have to decide what you want to do and then do it for however long you set out to do it for. I'm not a RD, but just wanted to share what I'm currently doing. Also, gotta read the food labels carefully. They sneak sugar into dang near everything.


Vyvanse
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re: Anyone recently give up sugar?
Did you go cold turkey or slowly decrease intake?
- Cold turkey on all refined/processed/added sugar products. (exceptions would be products with around 5g or less of added sugar per serving, ie. 80% dark chocolate.)

Can (and do) you still eat fruit? How much?
- Yes, as it is not refined. As much as you want.

How often do you eat something sweet now?
- almost every day, especially if you consider a protein shake or fruit something sweet. Once again, avoiding refined sugar products is what's important. If you're talking about something very sugary such as king cake, I would say something like once a week normally, once a month if I'm feeling super motivated to lose weight.

Most importantly, how long did it take for the cravings to go away? Weeks? Months? Never?!?
- I'd say major cravings go away almost immediately, especially if fasting. Minor cravings kind of never go away but they are much easier to stave off.
This post was edited on 2/13 at 2:24 pm


Mo Jeaux
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Yes, as it is not refined. As much as you want.


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Once again, avoiding refined sugar products is what's important.


You don't think the sugar from fruit can be problematic?


Vyvanse
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re: Anyone recently give up sugar?
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You don't think the sugar from fruit can be problematic?


I do not. Whole fruits are extremely nutritious.

Sugar isn’t dangerous because of that fact that it is sugar and a carbohydrate. Sugar can be dangerous because it is pumped into processed foods/drinks that encourage binge eating such as cookies, cakes, sodas, juices, ice cream, etc. in extremely large quantities, causing blood sugar to spike which leads to fat gain and high inflammation.

This is not the case with fruits. They are high in fiber, relatively low in sugar(lower glycemic load than the refined sugar products), and contain other important/beneficial micronutrients (ie. vitamins a, b, c, e, potassium, calcium, magnesium, etc.)

Therefore fruits have a lot of benefits and essentially none of the drawbacks you see with the heavily processed foods/drinks.
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Mo Jeaux
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re: Anyone recently give up sugar?
I disagree.


Vyvanse
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re: Anyone recently give up sugar?
You sure have a compelling argument.


Mo Jeaux
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re: Anyone recently give up sugar?
I have no interest in arguing.


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Big Scrub TX
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re: Anyone recently give up sugar?
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Can (and do) you still eat fruit? How much?
- Yes, as it is not refined. As much as you want.
This is terrible advice not based on biology at all. Neither your liver nor your metabolic processes care about the source of the sugar. They don't even care if you call it something else than sugar (i.e. "carbs" are just sugar also.)

If you like fruit, then eat some - and try to make it berries. But don't kid yourself about what it actually is.


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Big Scrub TX
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re: Anyone recently give up sugar?
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I do not. Whole fruits are extremely nutritious.
Not true. I mean, I feel you in general on whole foods, but "whole fruits" are often nothing more than highly-engineered sugar bombs. Even beyond the sugar, there just aren't that many micronutrients of value available in fruit.

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This is not the case with fruits. They are high in fiber, relatively low in sugar(lower glycemic load than the refined sugar products), and contain other important/beneficial micronutrients (ie. vitamins a, b, c, e, potassium, calcium, magnesium, etc.)

People always make this fiber argument. It misses the forest for the trees. Yes, there is some fiber. e.g. a banana has something like 27g of carbs (i.e. sugar). That is delivered with 2-3g of fiber. OK. So your net carb intake is 24-25g for ONE BANANA. That is nothing more than a sugar bomb. And the micronutrients you listed are both a)not very bioavailable in a high-carb environment and b)not needed in as high a dose in low-carb environments. Bananas just are not good for you.




Vyvanse
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re: Anyone recently give up sugar?
My point is that saying the “healthiness” of food is determined by the amount of sugar and/or carbs it has, which is essentially what you are saying, is just false, especially if you are active/lifting weights.
This post was edited on 2/13 at 8:16 pm


Allthatfades
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re: Anyone recently give up sugar?
Nobody and I mean nobody ever gained weight from eating too much fruit


Mo Jeaux
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re: Anyone recently give up sugar?
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My point is that the “healthiness” of food is determined by the amount of sugar and/or carbs it has, which is essentially what you are saying. That is just false, especially if you are active/lifting weights.


What is false? This sentence confused me.


Mo Jeaux
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Big Scrub TX


I figured you would get here. I didn't have the strength.


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Vyvanse
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re: Anyone recently give up sugar?
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What is false? This post confused me.


Sorry typo, edited my post.

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My point is that saying the “healthiness” of food is determined by the amount of sugar and/or carbs it has, which is essentially what you are saying, is just false, especially if you are active/lifting weights.


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northshorebamaman
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re: Anyone recently give up sugar?
I quit refined and/or added sugar in December. It hasn't been that hard because I never had much of a sweet tooth. I still eat fruit though.


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Junky
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re: Anyone recently give up sugar?
Some of us, myself include, need to abstain totally in not consuming sugar - in any form - fruit or otherwise. Because even the smallest dose leads use down a destructive path. The amount of fiber does not absorb the impact on BG. It varies from fruit to fruit, but for me - they are all bad.

Some can moderate their intake - my wife is one. I want to eat the world. However, I can very easily avoid and not crave it if I abstain.


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IceTiger
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re: Anyone recently give up sugar?
I end up with 5-30g of carbs per day...on days I fast I know I hit 0...


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StringedInstruments
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re: Anyone recently give up sugar?
Come join the accountability thread!

Like Junky said, I have to completely abstain from added sugar in any form or I completely blow it.

In terms of breaking the habit, it took me about 3 days to feel comfortable saying no to sweets. After ten days, I didn’t even think about it and didn’t feel like I was tempted to eat sweets at all.

I wouldn’t say it completely changed my health by itself, but I definitely had to craft a better diet that led to better energy levels.


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