I did this version of a no sugar challenge for a month with a friend, and I just loved the results. I felt better. I had plenty of energy (despite not having coffee!). I lost 5 pounds. I kept off the weight easily after going back to sugar (and I didn’t go back “heavily” but wasn’t necessarily careful either). It was an all-around great challenge for me.
This challenge is coming up again for me, come January 10! If you’d like to join me, I’d be more than happy to have the accountability, and I think you’d enjoy the results like I did, even if you don’t lose weight.
Having more energy
Learning to tell yourself no
Having the decision made before the temptation comes (“Do you want to go get ice cream?” Nope)
So below is the list, and I tried to be as specific as possible so as not to leave any questions about this challenge. Fruit and honey is okay, but even those should be in moderation. Here are the no-nos:
No candy or chocolate
No brownies or cookies
No cake, cupcakes, donuts, or muffins
No Little Debbie Snacks
No ice cream or milkshakes or frozen yogurt
(Need I say more about no desserts?)
No sweet tea
No flavored creamer
No sugary cereal
No chocolate milk
No hot chocolate
Basically nothing with “sugar added” and none of those nasty sugar substitutes.
Of course, these are just guidelines for a 30 day no sugar challenge. Accountability is such a motivator, so this is primarily to help give a guideline and know that you’re not alone as you take the challenge. So adapt this to be stricter…or not as strict as I’ve laid out and have fun going sugar free!
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