Cutting sugar from your diet for a week and a half can have dramatic effects. While some think of dieting as a process that takes weeks or months for visible results, a new study shows that positive results can be seen from getting rid of sugar in the diet for as little as 10 days.
CNN Wire reports that among a sample size of 43 children, Dr. Robert Lustig and his team at the University of California in San Francisco found that in just 10 days, a lack of sugar caused the children to experience a decrease in triglyceride levels by an average of 33 percent, while LDL — the so-called bad cholesterol — and diastolic blood pressure also dropped.
All of the children in the study had their levels of blood sugar and insulin normalized over the course of the experiment, which reduced their risk of getting diabetes. While children were the subject of this study, the findings are likely useful for adults.
Sugar is a standard feature of the American diet, and is not inherently bad. The problem is that sugar has become almost ubiquitous, from the added sugars in fast food and other prepared meals and sugar-laden sodas. The World Health Organization recommends a daily sugar intake of 25 grams, but almost half of Americans consume 225 grams a day, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Also, the fructose in sugar suppresses ghrelin, the hunger hormone in the body, so despite eating lots of sugar it does not actually make you feel truly full.
Cutting sugar out, or keeping consumption to a minimum, can lead to improved health outcomes, especially in limiting the chances of developing diabetes. Low sugar intake combined with a healthy exercise regimen involving regular physical activity can also lead to reduced chances of getting blood clots or cardiovascular disease.