TESTIMONIALS. They stopped sugar: “I felt dizzy”, “it’s very addictive”… they talk about their withdrawal and the effects on their body

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Thousands of French people have already thought about giving up sugar and some have succeeded. Whether it was an imposed choice or not, they told us how and why they made this choice.

Whether natural or added, sugar is sometimes a point of contention. Some blame him for ills for which he is not necessarily responsible. Others refuse to incriminate it, despite the real consequences on their bodies. Until the day they decide to do without this food which, consumed in too large quantities, exposes them to real health risks.

The trigger of the illness

Many people have therefore decided to stop consuming sugar, especially when an illness is detected. This is the case of Samira, 51 years old. “After a blood test, I was diagnosed with diabetes, as well as very high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It was at that moment that I realized the seriousness of my condition,” confides- she said. “I gave up sugar.”

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Samira then eats vegetables, white meats, fish, eggs and even fruits, which are naturally sweet. Her cholesterol disappeared, she lost 16 kg in 4 months. “Today, my diet is natural and I am delighted with it,” she concludes.

Samira’s case is far from unique. Gérard also had to restrict himself after his discovery of type 2 diabetes. “I completely gave up sugar in coffee, drinks, desserts. In fact, I especially became aware of the abundance of sugar in my consumption and I tried to limit it”, explains this resident of Tarn.

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Marie-Laure suffers from Verneuil’s disease, a chronic and painful condition that affects the skin. “I was advised to stop adding sugars to avoid painful and frequent flare-ups. Since I have been careful, the attacks are less present and it hurts less. It’s not miraculous, but it relieves,” confides this 37-year-old from Gers.

Eat differently

Others didn’t wait until they were sick to realize they needed to slow down on sugar. Louis, 60, explains that he is still overweight despite several diets. He ended up changing his eating habits. “I do what we call a low GI (glycemic index) diet. I started 5 weeks ago and I lost more than 6 kg,” he says. Concretely, Louis eats healthier and more balanced, having greatly reduced his sugar consumption. It’s not easy every day, he admits.

On this point, Laure, 51, agrees with him. “If you don’t want to eat sugar, you have to cook everything at home and know where you eat when you’re out. The amount of sugar hidden in everyday foods… It’s crazy! I don’t care I realized by looking at the labels”, explains this Toulouse woman.

A daily struggle

Habits acquired over a lifetime must therefore be fought. Not an easy task as Asmiralda, 55, describes it. “Before, I ate a packet of cake a day… After medical examinations, I had to stop sugar. It was horrible at first. Dizziness, dizziness, the desire for more… Then at little by little, we’re getting used to it. Today, there haven’t been any sweets in the house for a year,” she says, proudly.

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A fight shared by Evan, 22 years old. “The most difficult thing is withdrawal, because sugar is very addictive. You have to be strong during the first three weeks. In addition, today, it is very difficult not to consume sugar, there are everywhere But once weaned, it’s very easy to do without it.”

Once rid of “bad sugar”, some allow themselves a few exceptions, like Laure. “I eat two cakes a week, one during the week and one at the weekend.” And after that, there remains one last step: that of society. “This aspect is complicated,” admits Louis. “In the sense that not having a glass of beer or a slice of dessert because there is sugar in it is not always well understood.” Everyone must therefore still make efforts.

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