Why do we need a low sugar diet?
A study released by the Human Sciences Research Council has revealed that the average South African eats 25kg of sugar a year – that’s just over double the recommended amount.
Free sugar – added to foods by the manufacturer, cook, or consumer – plus sugar naturally present in honey, syrups, and fruit juices, should account for no more than 5% of our total energy consumption; that’s no more than 30g (6tsp) a day.
Is there ‘good’ sugar?
The recommendation to reduce sugar focuses on sugar that is added to food, rather than that which occurs naturally as part of the structure of food.
Although things like maple syrup, honey, and coconut sugar are marketed as healthy alternatives to sugar, the truth is that in the body they are treated just like regular sugar and still need to be avoided.
Our two-week low sugar diet menu is designed to eliminate all empty kilojoules and added sugars from your diet. The focus is on fresh, unprocessed foods that are high-protein and provide slow-release carbs to help balance blood-sugar levels and minimise sugar cravings.
- No sugar in tea or coffee or added to foods like cereal – the aim is to recalibrate and re-educate your palate so, if you can, don’t use sweeteners, either.
- No sweetened drinks like cola – even sugar-free versions are super sweet, so avoid, as the aim is to retrain your palate.
- No alcohol – a 150ml glass of off-dry wine contains 5g sugar, and it all adds up!
- Scrutinise labels on all packaged foods to check for added sugar. Look at the ingredients list carefully. Just because something is labelled as having less sugar, it doesn’t mean it’s low in sugar!
- Be extra vigilant with low-fat products, as they often contain more sugar than their full-fat counterparts.
- Drink 200ml flavoured water before each meal and each snack. Keep a jug in the fridge flavoured with, for example:
2 strawberries sliced, 1 spring fresh basil, and 2 slices lemon
2 sprigs fresh mint and 5 slices cucumber, 2 slices fresh orange and 2 cubes watermelon
For your exercise plan, that wobbly tummy will be a thing of the past with our flatter tum workouts. Plus, you won’t need any fancy equipment!
DISCLAIMER: Before starting any diet, you should speak to your doctor. You must not rely on the information on this website/newsletter as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.