How do you know if you eat too much sugar

Let’s be honest for once in our life. We all love sugar. And I am guilty of loving this substance too.

If you deny it, then you may be lying to yourselves.

I know, you may feel a little unhappy about this, but eating too much of this sweet substance is really bad for you. health..

We all heard it, eating too much sweets, cakes, and other sugary type food negatively impact your health and worse, it also impact your body weight.

So I asked myself this simple question: How would I know if I ate too much sugar?

This is the exact question I am answering below. Instead of giving you the usual summary you’ll find all over the web, I decided to provide you with the 7 signs you need to look for and that tells you about your current sugar levels.

1- Eating too much sugar means nothing is sweet

This may sound weird at first, but it really isn’t.

When you eat too much sugar, your body will modify your taste.

What I mean is: the more you eat sweet products, the less you’ll feel their sweetness.

In essence, when you bombard your body with sweet, the less responsive your body will be able to feel their sweetness.

As such, you will end up not feeling that your coffee, tea, hot chocolate etc. are sweet enough.

To make myself clear, if you start with one spoon of sugar in your coffee and you increase this amount to reach two spoons and finally three, then you’re definitely a victim of excessive sugar intake.

In this case, I would advise you to start reducing the number of spoons in your coffee, tea, hot chocolate etc.

How to analyse this situation?

This is very simple. The more you eat of this sugar molecule, the more your molecule tolerance increases. So your body will beg for you to eat more to satisfy this dependence.

This is like being on drug and unfortunately sugar is a drug and if you do not control it, you’ll end up being dependent with all of the negative health effect associated with it.

2- Feeling tired and no energy

A lot of people would say that eating sweets will provide you energy. But it can also lead to excessive tiredness and a sense of feeling with no energy.

In essence, people that says eating sweets can provide you energy are right.

However, is this the right type of energy you need?

Well Yes and No.

Let’s take an example. If you eat sugar for a quick burst of energy to help practice some sport, then you are right. Say you eat a sweet, then the sweet sugar content will go straight in your blood stream.

However, if you eat this substance and go and sleep (or sit, or do nothing), then it will be kept by your body and start building fat. Does this ring the bell?

Eating this molecule without moving around can therefore lead to putting on weight.

In summary, if you have a constant feeling of fatigue and tiredness, then you may be eating too much sugar.

So, unless you absorb sugar to give you a real carbohydrate boost in your blood stream, it is best to stay away from high source of sugar such as fizzy drinks, sweets, etc.

Now it is time to take the right decisions and get rid of the excess sweets.

3- You have a foggy brain after meals?

Quite a lot of people have what is known as ‘foggy brains’.

This is caused by a low blood sugar level.

In common with other conditions, it  is when you eat plenty of sugar that you end up with this condition.

Your blood sugar levels rise quickly due to it being bombarded with the substance.

However, the levels drop quickly too. In fact, they fall like a waterfall.

So, if you have a foggy brain, you need to reduce your intake of this substance.

You need to know that high intake of sugary products pose a major risk for cognitive issues and impairment.

4- Sugar/Carb Cravings

If you find yourself craving the sweet flavor of sugary snacks on a daily basis, chances are you’ve become a sugar addict.

Sugar consumption can create a chain reaction of sugar cravings because it is so sweetly addictive. If you hear the carbs calling your name with every move you make, you could be in the throes of a deep sugar addiction.

7.You’ve been putting on some weight.

Excess sugar is excess calories, and since it has no protein or fiber, it doesn’t fill you up (so you just keep eating it). It also triggers the release of insulin, a hormone that plays a big role in weight gain. When we eat this susbstance, the pancreas releases insulin, which carries it to our organs so it can be used for energy. When you load up with it, your body’s told to produce more insulin—over time, that excessive output can lead to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance means our bodies can’t respond to normal amounts of insulin properly and therefore can’t use sugar the right way. The initial weight gain from simply eating too many calories from it is being compounded by the disruption to your normal insulin response (there’s a link between insulin resistance and obesity). What’s more, when the pancreas works in overdrive for too long you can develop diabetes.

3. Frequent colds & flu

If you find yourself falling ill more often than you used to, it could be due to having excessive sugar in your diet.

If every virus that goes around seems to find you and make you sick, it could be due to your penchant for sugary treats. Consumption of too much sugar can weaken your immune system, making your body’s natural ability to fight off colds, flu viruses, and even chronic disease weaker than it would be if you avoided foods with added sugars.

6. Skin and feet problems (including dark circles under your eyes)

Sugar has an inflammatory effect on the body when it is eaten, so it can also contribute to inflammatory skin problems.

If you find yourself suffering from acne, rosacea, eczema, or even just excessive oiliness or dryness, sugar could be to blame. Some people find that cutting sugar out of their diets greatly improves their skin problems (not to mention their overall health).

According to Dr. Sherri Greene, a podiatrist in New York City, it  could also have an inflammatory effect on your feet.  This inflammation could appear in your foot as plantar fasciitis, which causes pain in the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot, in your heel, or elsewhere in your foot.

I already mentioned in the past that too much sugar consumption can also cause adrenal fatigue and there are people who believe that one of the signs of adrenal fatigue is dark circles under the eyes.

What to do when suffering with excess sugar intake?

The best way is to slowly reduce its intake. So for instance, if you used to take three spoons every morning in your coffee, then cut this to two for about 2 weeks.

Now that your body is used to two spoons, repeat this but with one spoon. At this timeframe, you would have reduced your intake of sugar by 2/3.

This is really important as you may be drinking several coffees a day. Cutting back will not make you feel good for a couple of days, and beware that you keep calm.

During your first few days, you body will feel the pinch. It will ask for something else to compensate.

And if you do not provide, then you’ll be extremely nervous. So best to employ yourselves to be calm and inform your family about your sudden change of mood.

 

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