Many people realize they are addicted to sugar when throughout the day, they would often find themselves craving something sweet and comforting that would give them a little lift. So, you should really ask yourselves – have you become a sugar addict? Are you eating too much sugar?
Here are 7 warning signs you’re eating too much sugar:
- Tiredness & Lack of energy
That’s right, a constant feeling of tiredness or fatigue is one of the biggest signs you’ve got too much sugar in your diet. High-sugar foods can give you a big carbohydrate boost and temporarily lend a feeling of increased energy, but the crash that comes afterward is a daunting one. Feeling tired all the time may be a sign that it’s time to reexamine your diet to see if you’re eating (or drinking) too much sugar.
- Sugar/Carb Cravings
Ladies and gentlemen, this is very important for you to remember – 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.
- 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. 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.
- Skin and feet problems
Sugar has an inflammatory effect on the body and it can contribute to inflammatory skin problems. Well, this means that 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. Sugar 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.
- Weight problems
We all know that the human body is set up to accommodate a limited amount of sugar. Well, this means that when the body has had its fill and the sugar keeps pouring in, the sugar calories end up being converted to and stored as body fat.
- Your brain tends to get foggy, especially after a meal.
This is very important for you to remember – this fog is a common symptom of low blood sugar. So, what happens – well, when you eat a lot of sugar, your blood sugar levels rapidly rise and fall instead of gradually doing so. Poor blood sugar control is a major risk for cognitive issues and impairment.
- Nothing tastes as sweet as it used to.
The experts warn that eating too much sugar will “damage” your taste buds. This sugar overkill causes your taste bud sugar tolerance to go up, so you need more and more sugar to satisfy that sweet craving. When your taste buds need lots of sugar to feel like something is sweet enough, it can be tough to lower your base level.