What happens to your body when you cut out sugar?

For those with a sweet tooth, they may worry the trade-off won’t be worth it. But before you make that call, consider what the experts say.

Since sugar carries so many calories, cutting it from your diet can help you cut weight. This also drastically reduces your risk of diabetes and reduces inflammation.

Those who cut out sugar may also find they have clearer skin, and may even reduce their chance for skin cancer. The benefits also carry over to mental health, as a sugar-free diet is proven to help control mood swings. With so many perks, a sugar-free diet may look sweeter than ever.

So how do you make it happen? The first step is to take it slow. Especially if you’ve consumed a lot of sugar for a long time, a gradual approach to cut out sugar is the best approach.

If you want to take a holistic approach to this dietary change, even while moving slowly, try to moderately reduce your intake of simple carbs (white flour, pasta, and rice etc.) as well as artificial sugar substitutes. If you really do need a sweet stand-in, try fruit for foods or honey and syrup for your coffee.

Remember, it’s not just about giving things up — this change means you have room for new and better options in your diet. It’s helpful to create a meal plan of whole foods that will fill you up and reduce the rate of added sugars you’ll consume.

You can also explore creative sugar-free options like the kind we regularly post on our blog.

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