No sugar challenge week 8: end results and outcomes
I have completed the 8-week no sugar challenge and it’s official – my sweet addiction has been cured! I quit sugar after many years of believing I was leading a healthy lifestyle, but I was still suffering bloating and stomach cramps. Despite several diets of trial and error, nothing alleviated the symptoms. When some knowledgeable friends who’d made a lifestyle choice to quit sugar encouraged me to reduce my intake, I never thought I could do it. Even though I thought I was healthy, I knew I had a sweet tooth. But, I gave it a go – nothing ventured, nothing gained. It’s now been 56 days and with the results and outcomes I’ve achieved, I have no intention or desire to introduce sugar back into my life.
Weighing up the results: scales and measurements
I don’t believe weight or even body composition should be the sole focus of any diet; it’s what goes on inside the body that really matters. Weight gain or loss, changes in the skin, hair and nails – these are all just side effects of the greater internal workings of our complex human system. You are what you eat – both internally and externally.
Having said that, sometimes proof of the external (or superficial) results is needed to convince people that change is occurring. It can spur you on and drive your determination. That’s why I recorded my results during the 8-week no sugar challenge. About 10 days after I quit sugar I noticed changes in my body. I apologise if this is an over-share for some, but I hope it proves to the unconvinced that an ordinary person – and one who thought they were healthy, exercised daily, and still couldn’t shift that last ‘bit’ – can achieve positive and sustainable results by cutting out sugar.
|Weight kg||Waist (narrow) cm||Abdomen cm||Chest cm||Hips cm||Butt (widest part of hip) cm||Thigh cm||Bicep cm|
|Result||– 3.2||– 5||– 7||+ 2||– 4.5||– 1||Neutral||Neutral|
|Day 1||Day 10|
|Day 20||Day 30|
|Day 40||Day 50|
Making this a lifestyle choice
Quitting sugar is frustrating (for some reason sugar is in just about everything – honestly, nothing surprises me anymore), but it is actually not that difficult. Since eliminating sugar from my diet:
- I never go hungry
- I always feel satisfied
- I don’t bloat or get stomach cramps
- I don’t suffer three-thirty-itis
- Food naturally tastes better.
Technically I’m no longer on the no-sugar challenge, but when offered sugary ‘treats’ today I turned them down without hesitation. There were several occasions throughout the 8-week challenge where I cheated so I know what I’m in for if I eat sugar.
I will eat sugar again – I am human after all – but I don’t crave for it. Sugar is no longer part of my diet.
So, tell me about you. Have you quit sugar yet? What has your experience been like?
What I ate in week 8:
|Breakfast||Scrambled egg with bacon on sourdough toast + green tea||Coco-nutty granola with rice milk and Greek yoghurt + green tea||Poached egg with bacon, tomato and avocado + fresh lemon and mint tea||Coco-nutty granola with rice milk and Greek yoghurt + fresh lemon and mint tea||Poached eggs with bacon and tomato + fresh lemon and mint tea||Scrambled eggs with bacon and tomato + fresh lemon and ginger tea||Ham, cheese, spinach and asparagus
omelette + fresh lemon and ginger tea
|Snack||Black coffee + Greek yoghurt with blackberries||Black coffee + pistachios||Rice milk latte + hazelnuts||Peach with cream cheese||Black coffee + almonds||Soy latte||Soy latte|
|Lunch||Ham, cheese, mayonnaise salad wrap + Roast beef, corn relish and salad wrap (nothing else on offer!)||Tuna with brown rice, broccoli, green beans, olive oil and chili||Grilled barramundi and salad||Chicken tawook with salad and pita bread||Brown rice crackers with cream cheese + vegetable stock drink||Chicken with eggplant, zucchini, button squash and spinach||Mediterranean meatball open burger with pumpkin, spinach and feta|
|Snack||1 slice Jarlsberg cheese||Carrot with cashew nut butter||Green apple with cashew nut butter + green tea|
|Dinner||Moroccan spiced chicken with sweet potato and zucchini||Pan-fried haloumi with eggplant, button squash and broccoli||Southern spiced roast chicken with sweet potato, eggplant and carrot||Canapes: spicy meatballs Buffet:||Anchovy toast
Lamb chop with quinoa salad + pistachio dressing
|Pea and ham soup with sourdough dinner roll + butter||Pea and ham soup with sourdough dinner roll + butter|
|Snack||1 slice Jarlsberg cheese||Plum||Soy latte||Figs with all-spice Greek yoghurt and brandied almonds|