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Women’s Health Shrink Your Sugar Belly

Women’s Health Shrink Your Sugar Belly

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A 20-day sugar detox plan, including 38 smart, speedy recipes, a guide to spotting hidden sugars and tips to curb cravings. Your guarantee to lose weight and feel great!

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South Africa
Media 24 Ltd

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1 min.
low-sugar for life

EXERCISE CHOICE REINTRODUCE ENJOY 8 Hello, Sugar! If you choose to let the sweet stuff back into your diet, you’re going to have to do it carefully – and cleverly. Here’s how to enjoy treats without slipping back into old habits. 12 Live The Sweet Life For Good Keep losing weight, bring skin back to its best and harness all that extra energy: here are all the expert tips and motivation you’ll need to continue enjoying life the sugar-smart way. 16 Suss Out Added Sugars It’s easy enough to control the obviously sugary treats in your diet – it’s the sneaky ones you have to watch out for! Wise up, become a label queen and keep your sugar belly away.…

5 min.
hello, sugar!

You’ve come a long way, baby! You’ve fended off cravings, maybe even battled tiredness and mood swings, and all to kick your sugar habit. Now for the enjoyable, delicious part, where you reintroduce sugar simply for the pleasure of having it. In Shrink Your Sugar Belly Vol. 1, we told you that we didn’t want you to banish it from your life forever – a little added sugar in your diet every day (if you still want it!) is perfectly fine. We define “a little” as no more than six teaspoons (24g) of added sugar per day. This doesn’t include the sugar that’s in wholefood naturally – we’re talking about the stuff that gets added to processed food and beverages, and what you sprinkle, mix and stir yourself. Look at it…

1 min.
go to the dark side

TrickstoTry Good for the heart, good for the soul, maybe even good for your sugar belly! Dark chocolate is a great better-for-you treat. Eat it instead of milk chocolate and you’ll consume significantly less sugar. But that’s not the only reason we swoon for it. Although its flavourisn’t traditionally sweet, its health benefits are. Compared to milk chocolate, dark chocolate promotes that ‘I’m full’ feeling known as satiety, lowers the desire to eat sweets and reduces kilojoule intake, which may help with weight loss,a study published in Nutrition & Diabetes found. When researchers gave participants 100g of either dark or milk chocolate and offered them pizza two hours later, those who consumed the dark chocolate ate 15 percent fewer kilojoules from thepizza than those who had milk chocolate. If you’re used to milk…

5 min.
live the sweet life for good

Tricks toTry You’ve got strategies to crush cravings. Coping techniques to cool your emotional connection with sugar. Tips to sleep better, relax more, move daily and enjoy life. As you prepare to strike out on your own, team the methods you’ve been using throughout the plan with these big-picture tactics. Together, they’ll help you stick to – and love – your sweet, sugar-smart life! 1 Keep on rewarding yourself, every day By now, using your personal Reward Card has hopefully become a habit – one that’s had a real impact on your life. Don’t give up doing that just because we’ve come to the end of the eating plan. In addition to helping you make your overall well-being a priority, treating yourself in non-food-based ways can benefit every area of your life. 2 Make…

1 min.
suss out added sugars

Now that you’re free to enjoy up to six teaspoons (24g) of added sugars per day (or, incidentally, an unfair nine teaspoons for men) in any way your heart desires, you’ll need to keep track of how much you’re eating. Sometimes, “sugar maths” is easy. Stir a teaspoon of the sweet stuff into your coffee or drizzle a teaspoon of honey onto your morning porridge and you’ve consumed 4g of sugar or one-sixth of your daily allowance. But as we’ve mentioned before, determining the amount of added sugars in packaged or prepared foods can be tricky. Food manufacturers aren’t required to separate naturally occurring and added sugars on their labels. What they list is the product’s total sugars, which can come from the sugars naturally in the food, added sugars or both. Sneaky!…

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NUTRITION TYPICAL VALUES *Guideline daily amounts INGREDIENTS Wheat flour, sugar, vegetable oil, whey solids, glucose syrup, wheat starch, salt, raising agents (ammonium bicarbonate, sodium bicarbonate), corn starch, vanillin, natural flavouring CONTAINS: WHEAT, MILK, GLUTEN MAY ALSO CONTAIN TRACES OF NUTS 500g A ‘of which sugars’ If the label says it contains 0g of sugar (or a minimal amount, say up to 3g) – you’re in the clear. Anything more and you’ll need to look at the ingredients list. B Ingredients Look at the product’s ingredients list. Do you spot any form of added sugar? No? Then the sugar is naturally present in the food. Two examples: plain yoghurt or unsweetened apple sauce. C If you spot sugar or its aliases, it’s time for some detective work. Once you’re familiar with how much natural sugar unsweetened foods contain, it’s easy to guesstimate how…