Close Share options. Dessert Work out some ground rules. However, lower fat doesn’t necessarily mean low sugar. For all the health benefits of a no-sugar diet, however, there are also a few things to consider. Breakfast Many breakfast cereals are high in sugar. A diet full of treats can also lead to reduced elasticity and premature wrinkles. Gluten-free oatmeal made with unsweetened almond milk, cinnamon, and apple slices became my challenge breakfast of choice-by the end, I didn’t even miss adding brown sugar! Snacks Healthier snack options are those without added sugar, such as fruit fresh, tinned or frozen, unsalted nuts, unsalted rice cakes, oatcakes, or homemade plain popcorn. On top of that, consuming too much sugar during the day can lead to an energy crash. But I was aware that I was overweight, regardless of my height. I wanted to find out what it was really like to eliminate sugar from my diet — and how long I could last.
The truth is: I have an insane sweet tooth. I eat ice cream every day. So if anyone could stand to cut back on sugar, I figured it was me. I gave myself 30 days to see what would happen. Natural sugars, on the other hand, were fine. I would not cut out fruits, and I would still be able to sweeten my full fat! My go-to breakfast is the aforementioned yogurt with granola, so I looked for stuff that contained fewer than eight grams of added sugar. Finding a granola with so little sugar turned out to be difficult so I ended up making my own and adding a little bit of honey for sweetness. A total sugar deprivation probably would have lasted until day two. Okay, okay, day 1. Through the experiment, I learned a lot of things—most of which were surprising.
I was always taller and larger than the average kid or teenager. But I was aware that I was overweight, regardless of my height. I had no exercise routine and ate fast food all the time. Sugar was one of my biggest vices, especially in beverages. I had no idea how much of the sweet stuff I was actually taking in each day. I tried dozens of diets from the age of 14 and up, but I failed over and over. I could never commit to anything sustainable. After years of starting then quitting healthy lifestyle habits, I knew enough was enough. I hated the feeling of a simple activity being so strenuous on my body. For the first time, I wanted to stick to my diet and regime—to not give up on myself. I completely cut out sugar, fast food, fried foods, bread, rice, and all the sweets.