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Every season offers opportunities to indulge in sweet treats. But what if you’re trying to get healthy by shutting down the sugar in your diet? Dave spoke with Samantha Coogan, an expert in nutrition and dietetics at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, to learn more about the effects of sugar on the body.
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From birthday cakes to Thanksgiving pie to cold summer treats, every holiday, season or special occasion harkens mouth-watering memories of a favorite confectionery craving. But what if you’re trying to get healthy by shutting down the sugar in your diet?
Among the sugar withdrawal symptoms that affect those who decide to eliminate it are headaches, stomach pains or intestinal changes.
Deleting sugar from a diet can significantly affect better health, better look, and results in physical activity.
Cutting excess sugar from the diet can improve health and work performance. This was underlined by Samantha Coogan, president of the Nevada Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a researcher at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
"If you leave out sugars, you'll avoid a boatload of empty and useless calories, which helps you lose weight - unless you replace them with other empty calories," explains Coogan. Some people may experience withdrawal symptoms such as headache, stomach problems or bowel movements. Coogan explains this as follows: "When your body gets used to certain substances, the removal of this substance puts your body in a kind of state of shock, and these withdrawal symptoms can last for a few days to two weeks."
Are you the one whose candy tooth is constantly falling? It is no wonder, because the added sugar is present in any food, and the candy shelves are attractively lurking close to the cash register of every shop. It is hard to avoid sweet treats and getting sugar in the diet at all. But should we try to reduce? Or maybe even stop using (added) sugar?
President of the Nevada Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Samantha Coogan pointed out that sugar is addictive.
While cutting out sweets, drink plenty of water and snack on fruit and vegetables.
The rejection of the use of sugar in the first stage can cause withdrawal symptoms similar to those observed in alcohol dependence.
Mindfulness: During the time of cutting down on sweets, drink plenty of water and snack on fruit and vegetables.