How sugar affects your mental wellbeing

Most of us aren’t happy with the way we look. Most of the time we look in the mirror wishing we were thinner but we find it impossible to cut out junk food and sugar that we know is contributing to our body’s issues.

Sugar is one of the biggest health problems the world has ever seen but like many people you probably find it hard not to treat yourself every day. Aside from the physical effects that we’re all pretty much aware of when it comes to over-indulging on sugar such as the bloating, acne and weight gain, there are far worse side effects that sugar has on the body and it’s all in the brain!

Sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine. Shocking right?

It actually lights up the same parts of the brain that it does in drug addicts and can cause withdrawal symptoms too if you suddenly cut it off, hence when you go on a strict diet you tend to get cravings for every sugary treat known to man. It should come as no surprise then when I tell you that sugar affects your mental wellbeing such as your mood, concentration and your overall happiness.

When you eat too much sugar your brain can’t function to its full capacity and the physical result of seeing the weight pile on can also lead to the decline of your mental state by causing depression, tiredness and low self-esteem. These are the things you won’t notice in the mirror but will certainly impact your day to day life probably more so than any physical changes in your body. I know this because I was once a self-diagnosed sugar addict.

My daily life consisted of eating chocolatey cereal for breakfast, chocolate bars for snacks and a dessert after dinner. I couldn’t be more different now. All it takes is cutting out sugar for one week and you’ll see the amazing difference it can make to you whether it’s reducing your acne, feeling more energised or losing weight. I’ve experienced all of these results after drastically cutting down on my sugar intake for the past couple of weeks and I started to notice positive changes after just seven days.

Don’t deprive yourself of a sweet fix but choose alternatives such as toffee-like medjool dates, sweet potato that’s packed full of vitamins or even a bit of antioxidant-rich 70% dark chocolate now and again.

The less you eat processed sugar the less you will crave it and you’ll find yourself actually craving the healthy stuff, trust me. If you won’t change for your waistline do it for your mind and determine to be victorious!

Safia Yallaoui

Safia is a lifestyle blogger and coach at the fitness membership company MoveGB. She also has an MA in journalism and has done a variety of freelance work in print, radio and online. After losing 14lbs a few years ago Safia got into health and fitness realising the most important thing about clean eating is nourishing your body. She loves to keep in shape with weight training and going to fitness classes. Whilst training to be a Nutritional Therapist she is learning how to alleviate health problems by including or omitting certain foods and has a keen interest in the affects of sugar on a person's physical and mental health.

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