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We’ve been told time and time again just how bad sugar is for us. And as beneficial as it sounds to cut it out altogether, it also sounds fairly torturous--and unrealistic. That’s why we’re making small changes to cut back without feeling deprived.

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Be wary of low-fat products

Low-fat products seem like they would be healthy, but oftentimes they’re worse for you than their full-fat alternatives. That’s because these foods replace fat with sugar for the sake of taste. Instead of falling into this sugar trap, enjoy full-fat foods in moderation. They’ll likely contain less sugar and taste a hell of a lot better.


Eat more naturally found healthy fats

In addition to steering clear of low-fat products, we’ll take it one step further to say that you should actually eat more fat. Healthy fats found in nuts, avocados and whole eggs work to stabilize blood sugar and keep you fuller longer (meaning you’re less likely to reach for a quick sugar fix when your energy dips).


Drink your coffee black

Yes, Mocha Frappuccinos are delicious, but they, like many coffee drinks, are loaded with sugar. It might take a little getting used to, but try to train yourself to drink coffee black--or with a little whole or unsweetened almond milk, if you must. Just stay away from sugar, artificial sweeteners (which come with a host of their own issues) or packaged creamers.

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Learn how to spot secret sugar

In theory, staying away from added sugar should be easy. You look at the ingredients label and see whether or not “sugar” is listed. Unfortunately, the sweet stuff goes by a lot more names than just sugar. Familiarize yourself with this list of common aliases (hint: anything with the word “syrup”) to ensure you're not unknowingly eating more of it.


Stick to the perimeter of the grocery store

We’ve already established that a little strategy when grocery shopping pays off (both for your waistline and your wallet). By spending the majority of your time in the store on its perimeters, where most of the whole foods are, you aren’t subjecting yourself to walking down aisles of cookies and chips and other stuff you probably shouldn’t be eating.

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