Congratulations! If you are reading this article on sugar addiction withdrawal, you have already made a very important step in the quest for a healthy, energetic life: you have shown a desire to cut sugar out of your diet.
Not only is sugar empty calories that leads to unhealthy weight gain, it also drains you of energy, promotes illness and results in a host of other problems, both minor and major.
Sugar is a toxic substance that is highly addictive and will initially leave you with sugar addiction withdrawal symptoms.
Sugar withdrawal symptoms will vary from person to person, but below you’ll find some of the most commonly reported symptoms.
Symptoms are typically the worst in the first three to five days, but can linger as long as two to four weeks. Thankfully, once this time period has passed, your freedom from sugar will make you feel better than ever before! Arm yourself with the knowledge of what to expect with sugar withdrawal and you’ll soon move victoriously past them to a healthy, sugar-free life!
As your body begins to detoxify, you may experience some headaches as a result. Drink plenty of water to aid in the detoxification process and help to keep the headaches away.
Studies on rodents have shown that sugar can be as addictive as potent drugs like cocaine. As such, you will likely experience intense cravings as you break your addiction to sugar. Eat protein and fiber rich snacks frequently throughout the day to help minimise the intensity of the cravings. You may also want to read my article on how to deal with those sweet cravings.
Irritability, Anxiety and Mood Changes
One of the reasons sugar is so addictive is that it can trigger the release of the feel-good chemical dopamine in your brain. As your brain gets used to the absence of this artificial high, you may find yourself battling irritability, mood changes and/or anxiety. Soon your brain will better be able to naturally regulate its own chemicals and these feelings will disappear.
Changes in Appetite
As you cut sugar out of your diet you may experience changes in your appetite, either increased or diminished. In time, your body will become used to not having sugar as a source of calories and your appetite will regulate.
It is all too common to reach for a sugary candy bar or soda to combat low energy slumps. While the sugar does provide an initial burst of energy, this burst is brief and followed by a greater slump. Fight through any fatigue you face by getting extra rest during your initial period of sugar withdrawal.
We’ve saved the best side effect for last! As you cut the added calories of sugar out of your diet, you may notice excess pounds begin to slide off.
As you continue to abstain from sugar, you’ll notice other positive quitting sugar side effects such as more energy, better health, clearer skin and more!