It’s Not Just Willpower
One of the bigger obstacles that typically gets in the way of our ability to keep that belly in check is that damn uncontrollable craving for sugar – whether it be from pastries to chocolates or ice cream we all experience it.
Now, before I go on I should mention that I’m all for indulging once in a while. I for instance, like to relax a little on Friday and Saturday and enjoy a few cheat foods, but the key is that we prevent this from being an ongoing habit throughout the week as that’s when it wreaks havoc on ability to have definition in our abs and muscles.
So with that said, the key thing to remember is that it’s not all about just having willpower to overcome sugar cravings in order to have ripped abs, it’s about thinking smarter with your eating habits.
In particular, the most important thing to take away from this article is nutrient timing. That means it’s not about depriving your body from those sweets you love, in fact that can have a huge back-fire effect which I’m sure we’ve all succumbed to one way or another!
If we look at it from a physiology point-of-view then we can understand it better. If you deprive your body from all sugars including fruits and grains, then once you do some exercise and deplete these sugar stores your body is going to go into full on safety mode and trigger your brain to get some more sugar to store for your next physical activity.
What that means is when your blood-sugar drops then your body goes in survivor mode to be able to feed not only your muscles with energy but also your brain. That’s why we feel so fuzzy when we’re really hungry!
Ok so let’s get a little more specific with your nutrient-timing. The best bulletproof plan to prevent your body from going into this mode is to make sure you are feeding your body frequently throughout the day. From veggies, to fruits and even protein smoothies using high quality ingredients like my favorite clean proteins (Optimum 100% Natural Whey or Gardenia All Natural Vegan Protein) if you are feeding your body small portions every couple hours you are guaranteeing yourself from having those sugar cravings.
This same principle is also the reason athletes have drinks like Gatorade (which unfortunately is also full of other chemicals) or the smarter ones have intra-workout mixes like Co-H20 Natural Coconut Water & Protein Drink Mix – keeping your body hydrated with electrolytes and a little protein can do amazing wonders to keep your cravings in check.
Your 5 Day Plan
So what does this all mean to our 5 day plan to quit sugar? Instead of going at it all at once, try slowly moving into this within 5 days and you’ll be surprised how well it works. Here are some tips to help you.
Tip 1 – Instead of no-pulp juices (even if you’re making them fresh yourself) make sure to include all the pulp. The fiber that it provides will slow the intake of sugar into your blood and thereby prevent you from crashing and wanting more sugar to sustain your energy.
Tip 2 – Stop having non-fat alternatives. Fat will also help slow down digestion and keep your blood-sugar in check. My bonus tip is just to go organic butter, milk or yogurt so that it is as clean as possible and I’ve noticed this also means my body doesn’t reject the other crap they put into non-fat products.
Tip 3 – Always have some protein powder with you. Some vanilla Optimum 100% Natural Whey mixed in a shaker cup with ice cold water is the best snack in the world when you can’t have your usual meal plan timing.
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