How Many Days Do You Have to Cut Back on Sugar to See Results?

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Saying goodbye to your favorite sweet treats can be tough; it’s certainly no cake walk to ween off those 3 p.m. sugar cravings for good. Want to know just how long it takes for the health benefits to start kicking in after replacing that chocolate bar with a turmeric latte? The Journal of the America Osteopathic Association believes the lucky number is nine days.

After analyzing different studies on quitting sugar, researchers found that your metabolism will get a boost once you cut back on the sweet stuff (particularly high-fructose corn syrup) for less than two weeks.

“Fructose provides no nutritional value and isn’t metabolized in the brain,” said one of the researchers, osteopathic pediatrician Tyree Winters. “Your body converts it to fat but doesn’t recognize that you’ve eaten, so the hunger doesn’t go away.”

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So, when you stop eating it, your metabolism immediately will have an improvement. “That single change in diet improves metabolic results in less than two weeks,” Winters said.

Think you can handle nine days without your normal sugar hit? Once you do, Winters and her researchers say you'll start feeling great from the inside out — and you’ll be on the fast track to keeping up with this new healthy lifestyle.

And as always, if you’re going to change your diet in any way, be sure to talk with your doctor or dietitian first.

This post was written by Jacqui King. For more, check out our sister site Now To Love.

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