The ef­fec­tive, sure-fire way to break your at­tach­ment to sweet treats

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

How will we get you to this point, where you’re no longer en­slaved by sugar and wob­ble-free at your waist? The 20-day plan’s suc­cess re­lies on a combo of eat­ing whole, nat­u­ral foods, phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, emo­tional-cop­ing strate­gies and other tips to out­smart sugar crav­ings with­out feel­ing hun­gry or de­prived. It grad­u­ally weans you off both ob­vi­ous and hid­den sug­ars and re­fined carbs so you can rein­tro­duce sugar in a healthy, bal­anced way.

How do we de­fine suc­cess? Of course, you’ll see changes in your weight and mea­sure­ments. But the side ef­fects of your slim­mer midriff should be just as pleas­ing – more en­ergy, bet­ter sleep, clearer skin and fewer crav­ings. This plan is de­signed to help you re­de­fine your re­la­tion­ship with sugar, not ban­ish it from your life. Take a look at what’s ahead and you’ll see that it of­fers ev­ery­thing you need to make that peace: self-aware­ness, knowl­edge, ways to ap­ply that knowl­edge to ev­ery­day life, and – above all – choices.

Days 1 to 5

Your vi­tal prepa­ra­tion days, where you’ll use the re­sources to as­sess your in­take of sugar (in all its forms) and re­fined grains, and grad­u­ally elim­i­nate them. In just 72 hours, you’ll be­gin to trans­form your phys­i­o­log­i­cal and emo­tional con­nec­tion and re­duce the ef­fects of sugar over­load.

Days 6 to 12

Th­ese are the tough-love days. Tough, be­cause this phase re­moves sugar – even from fruit – from your diet. Love, in that you’ll love the re­sults: you should have lost an av­er­age of 1.8kg by Day 12. You also won’t be eat­ing any pro­cessed-grain prod­ucts, re­fined or whole-grain. Be­lieve us, this will be an ad­just­ment, but your ded­i­ca­tion will chip away at sugar with­drawal and re­place the tem­po­rary re­ward of a sugar rush with health­ier routes to plea­sure.

Days 12 to 20

It’s time to get fruity. Na­ture’s treat is back – in healthy amounts. You’ll be amazed at how sat­is­fy­ing it will taste now that you’ve re­set your taste buds. Low-sugar, whole-grain bread prod­ucts re­turn, too.

Day 21… and be­yond!

From here on, it’s up to you. Once you’ve learnt to re­ally think about the sug­ars you need in your life – and the ones you don’t – you can go forth and en­joy healthy meals that will keep you full, give you en­ergy and nour­ish your hair and skin, as well as whit­tling away your waist.

That’s just 20 days to a health­ier re­la­tion­ship with sugar. Pre­pare to en­joy one of life’s great­est treats on your own terms, in ways that en­hance your health and well-be­ing with­out skimp­ing on plea­sure. Get ready to live the real sweet life...

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