QUIZ: HOW BAD IS YOUR CANDY CRUSH?

Think you and sugar might have trou­ble break­ing up? Dis­cover how strong its pull is for you – and what you might ex­pect when you ditch it en­tirely dur­ing Phase 1

Women's Health - Shrink Your Sugar Belly - - CONTENTS -

You find it dif­fi­cult to say no to your favourite sweets.

Al­ways (add 4 points to col­umn A) Usu­ally (3 A) Some­times (2 A) Rarely or never (2 B)

When you’ve tried to cut back on sugar in the past, how in­tense were your crav­ings?

Very strong You typ­i­cally ate what you were crav­ing. (4 A)

Strong But more of­ten than not, you were able to sat­isfy your crav­ing with some­thing health­ier than what you wanted (for in­stance, fruit in­stead of bis­cuits). (3→ A)

No­tice­able Some­times you ate what you were crav­ing and some­times you didn’t. (2 A)

Mi­nor It took some ef­fort, but more of­ten than not, you dis­tracted your­self and the crav­ing passed. (1→ B)

Ig­nor­able You were able to get past it pretty eas­ily, or you didn’t have any crav­ings. (2 B)

You of­ten feel guilt or shame af­ter eat­ing sugar.

Yes (2 A) No (2 B)

At least one of your favourite sweet treats is fused to a mem­ory of feel­ing loved and cared for.

Yes Place a 1 in col­umn A. No Place a 2 in col­umn B.

Once you start to eat sug­ary foods, it’s hard to stop.

Al­ways (5 A)

Usu­ally (4 A)

Some­times (3 A)

Rarely or never (2 B)

Your mood and/or en­ergy lev­els rise right af­ter you eat, but you tend to crash or feel hun­gry an hour or two later.

Al­ways or of­ten (3 A)

Some­times (2 A)

Rarely or never (2 B)

You overeat sug­ary foods when you’re un­der stress.

Al­ways or of­ten (3 A)

Some­times (2 A)

Rarely or never (2 B)

You find your­self think­ing about sug­ary foods ____ times a day.

More than four times (3 A)

Three to four times (2 A)

Two to three times (1 A)

Rarely or never (2 B)

You seek refuge in sweets to avoid feel­ings like anger, lone­li­ness, sad­ness or pow­er­less­ness.

Al­ways or of­ten (3 A)

Some­times (2 A)

Rarely or never (2 B)

You re­ward your­self with sugar af­ter a chal­leng­ing task – you feel you “de­serve” it.

Al­ways or of­ten (3 A)

Some­times (2 A)

Rarely or never (2 B)

The more you in­dulge in sugar, the less it sat­is­fies – but the more you seem to “need” it.

Yes (2 A)

No (2 B)

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