If you’re looking to lose a little weight, then you’ll also need to learn some ways to say no to sugar in your life sweet pea! Although sugar sends a rush of happiness to your brain, let me fill you in on the downside. Aside from it spiking your blood sugar, and leading to a crash, it also makes you develop a dependency on a brain chemical you might not have even heard of. When you eat fat and sugar, in any form, a certain amount of the chemical dopamine is sent to your brain. Typical foods that induce this chemical are fast food, junk food, chocolate, coffee and sugar, in any form. Dopamine sends that rush of sensation all throughout your body, and you just feel on top of the world, calm, collected and satisfied, but there's a catch. Drugs also send a rush of dopamine throughout your body as well, which makes certain foods addicting, just like drugs are. Over time, your body becomes dopamine dependent, so you need more and more to get that sense of satisfaction. Of course, things like coffee, dark chocolate, and healthy fats and sugars from nuts, fruit, etc. will offer much less dopamine than processed foods like junk food, fast food, and sugar. Sugar is actually the most dopamine- enhancing food of all, which makes it the most addictive. It’s the reason people just can’t say no to sugar. Yet, sugar contributes to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and more. It also can cause depression from the constant up and downs of your mood. To avoid this nightmare, I’ve got 7 easy ways to say no to sugar to lose weight and avoid the problems I’ve mentioned here too!
1. Eat More Healthy Fat
Healthy fats are one of the best ways to say no to sugar. Eat foods like nuts, avocados, 100% dark cacao or raw cacao, coconut butter, coconut oil, coconut, seeds like almond, flax and hemp, sunflower, pumpkin, etc. These foods tell your brain you are satisfied, and send just enough dopamine to your brain, along with tons of nourishing vitamins, minerals, fiber, and heart-healthy fats. They also won’t cause weight gain so long as you keep them in moderate serving sizes.