When you make a decision to go sugar free, you are looking at a lifestyle change not a diet. In order to make a quality change like this, you will need to change your eating habits.
Your lifestyle of sugar free isnâ€™t a diet because diets donâ€™t work. Of course you can diet and lose weight, 10 to 15 pounds quickly. You can lose enough to get back into that nice gown or sport coat that you wore to your sisterâ€™s weeding. But after reaching your goal, you begin to slip and gain all the weight back. In some cases you gain back more than you lost. The reason is because you are no longer on a diet when you reach your goal.
However, with a sugar free lifestyle, your goal never changes. You make a quality decision to go sugarless, and you learn to eat only between 10 to 15 teaspoons of sugar per day. At the same time if you are a woman, you can eat 1000 to 1200 calories each day. If you are a man, you can have 1500 to 1600 calories per day.
More important to consider is the quality of these calories. You have to limit your protein intake to four servings of meat each day. It is good to have one of these servings of protein for breakfast. Sausage and bacon need to be eliminated from your diet. Lean hamâ€”no fatâ€”is an excellent breakfast choice. The best rule of thumb to apply as to the size of protein serving you can have is to choose one the size of your palm. Bigger people can have a larger portion than a smaller person.
When eating meat, chicken, fish and turkey are good choices. However, you want to bake or broil them. Fried foods can be full of harmful fats, so it is best that you avoid fried foods while trying to eat sugar free. If you do choose beef or pork, choose only the lean pieces. A small sirloin is better than a rib eye when choosing steak. Lean tenderloin of pork with all the fat trimmed is not too bad.
On a sugar free diet, you can choose to eat four or five small meals every day. These smaller meals are much better for you than say two larger meals where you eat the recommended calories and sugar content for the day. And you will need to keep a really good record of the foods eaten in your food journal. Another article will be coming soon on why you should have a food journal, so for now just accept the fact that you need one.
Yes, it does take some planning to have meals that are virtually sugar free. Of course you will get accustomed to the lifestyle change and the dietary program. Like anything else it only takes a few days to adjust. Habits take a little time to developâ€”that is good habits do.
What benefits can you expect from your decision to go sugar free? You can expect better health, a lifestyle nearly free of chronic health diseases and a firm, lean healthy body. The rewards are tremendous. It could be the first time in lots of years that you actually awaken in the morning feeling GOOD!
Thatâ€™s why sugar free is a lifestyle rather than a diet. The benefits of this dietary program far outweigh the losses. You will look and feel better, and you will stay healthier. You will lose weight, and if you continue your quality lifestyle decision, you will keep the weight off. No more yo yoing with your weight. It will reach a level and stay there. Make the decision today, and as always, eat healthy my friends.