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How to beat your sugar addiction

Cake, chocolate and fizzy drinks, there’s no shortage of sugary treats to tempt you when hunger strikes. And if you have a sweet tooth, they’re your go to food! But how can you beat that sugar addiction when temptation is everywhere?

Understanding the foods you eat and how they affect your body should form the core of recovering from your addiction. It’s wise to figure out how to make sense of the labels, look for the part stating “Carbohydrates (of which sugars)”. Alcohol is an often overlooked source of sugar – yet it makes up on average 11% of our daily sugar intake. When drinking, try switching every other drink for water, and using low-sugar mixers in your spirits, like soda water.

Even if you manage to steer clear of the obvious villains, such as desserts, chocolate and sweets, your diet may still be overloaded with sugar from surprising sources, such as fruit juice or breakfast cereal. Going over the recommended limit with foods that at a glance seem to be a healthy choice means you are still at risk of tooth decay and weight gain, which can lead to other, more serious, illnesses. If you want to take control of what you eat, you need to apply some serious sugar-busting techniques.

Beating your sugar addiction isn’t about resistance, as it’s so often futile to simply rely on willpower. It’s about changing your habits for long-term change. Some of the best ways to do so have been included in this new visualisation, packed with simple ideas to try. Bring your daily intake down and you’ll be amazed how much better you feel — and how quickly.

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