Forget crack-cocaine, ‘sugarcane’ is an addictive drug too. Just like cocaine and other addictive drugs, over time your brain requires more sugar in order to generate the same high. … Their brains change and the sugar addiction gets stronger. It is important to realize that sugar addiction is NOT just an emotional reliance on sweets and refined foods.
Sugar is believed to be eight times more addictive than cocaine. Some people are more sensitive than others, but the more sugar you eat, the more likely it has taken hold of your addictive pathways and is driving you to eat — and drink — far too much.
When sugar hits the bloodstream, it stimulates release of a brain chemical called dopamine, which makes you feel good. The feeling is usually short-lived.
By the time you’re licking the chocolate off your fingertips or picking the last crumbs of biscuit from the plate, your dopamine levels will probably have falln, taking you into a mini-withdrawal.
This can trigger cravings for more sugar, urging you, against your better judgment, to pick up another biscuit or break off another square of chocolate so your brain can have another hit of dopamine.
Before long, the biological signals that would normally control hunger and satiety (fullness) are swiftly being overwhelmed by this dopamine stimulation, to the point where your body (and brain) starts listening only to sugar’s cues and ignores the fact that you have already eaten far more than you need.
The more sugar you eat, the more your tolerance adapts, so you end up needing more and more sugar to get the same boost — drug addicts and alcoholics experience the same cycle.
Consuming too much sugar is causing nothing but health problems, the evidence is alarming with the rise of disease related obesity issues and increase of people developing typre 2 diabetes is frightening
And without ‘sugar-coating the point (pardon the pun!) Diabetes is a horrible disease causes necrosis of limbs, blindness and early death. Oh and Diabetes and Obesity waddle along together hand in hand, btw.
So what can be done to stop this? In reality, like coming off any drug, its not easy and withdrawal symptoms are part and parcel of the process. Added to the fact that unlike cigarettes and alcohol, food is not something you can give up entirely as we have to eat everyday, This just makes it harder still to battle those cravings.
By reducing your sugar intake gradually over time will lessen the harsh effects of going thrugh ‘cold turkey’! For example, here are some easy ways to wean yourself off
Eliminate sugar from tea and coffee
Stop all fizzy drinks and flavoured waters, they are packed with sugar, sparkling water with squeeze of lemon really does make a refreshing change
Look at labels and opt for lower carbohydrate content in food and drink
Choose foods with lower glycemic index such as oats
Avoid alcohol, but if fancy a tipple choose lower sugar options than wines and beers such as gin or vodka with slimline tonic
The SkinnyJab programmes can really help too because the medication reduces your cravings and maintains that feeling of ‘fulness’ for longer. So by the time you have reached your weight-loss goal, you have drastically reduced your tolerance to sugar too
We are shortly launching our completely natural and sugar free breakfast bars, will keep you posted!!