Thankfully sugar has finally been identified for what it really is, weight loss enemy number one. This newfound knowledge has started helping many people in their journey to true sustainable weight loss and healthy dietary habits. But have you ever wondered what exactly happens to your body when you stop eating sugar? Registered dietician Tamara Duker Freuman takes us through the step-by-step changes that occur in your body once you cut out sugar from your diet.
Hormonal Levels Shift
The first physiological change that takes place within hours of not eating sugar is that your hormonal levels change. Your levels of the hormone insulin will decrease almost immediately. Insulin is an anabolic hormone that favors building up body fat. It regulates sugar and stores excess glucose. Those with very high levels of insulin find it extremely difficult to lose weight and burn fat for calories because the insulin blocks your body from accessing fat to burn for energy. The moment you stop eating sugar and drop your insulin levels down, it makes it a lot easier for your body to access stored fat and burn it for energy.
Lower Lipid Levels
Over a couple of weeks of cutting out sugar you will notice your lipid levels decreasing especially lipids known as triglycerides, a type of fat in your blood. High levels of triglycerides are known to significantly increase the risk of heart disease and can also harden your arteries. You will also notice your bad cholesterol levels go down such as the cholesterol known as LDL.
The best part of cutting out sugar is that your palate adjusts to your new diet and things that used to taste okay to you will now taste overly sweet. This makes it easier for you to sustain this healthy change in your diet over the long term. You will stop craving sugar as much as you used to and sweet things just won’t taste as good to you as they did before.