Success Stories: Going Cold Turkey with Sugar

I have tried to have self-discipline when it comes to eating in moderation. However, it always fails; when I start eating something I really like, I cannot just stop at one serving. I binge. I think going cold turkey is the way to go, but that comes with its own challenges. I have tried it though, and it is difficult. Still, can you really cut your cravings in the long run for a particular kind of food by cutting it out completely?

Anyone have success with going cold turkey? How did you do it?
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  • EvgeniZyntx
    EvgeniZyntx Posts: 24,208 Member
    Maybe you don't need to focus on going cold turkey with sugar?
    Are you too restrictive and that leads to binging?
  • Hollywood_Porky
    Hollywood_Porky Posts: 491 Member
    YES! Incredible success. If you eat sources from fruit, you are fine because of the fiber content in fruit. That's part of what makes the fruit a complex carb but not completely. My cravings are gone - and I never have any craving to have cheesecake or carrot cake or anything loaded with sugar anymore. Stevia is a great addition to the diet as well.
  • rosestring
    rosestring Posts: 225 Member
    No, I am not restrictive at all. I have gained back 20+ pounds in a few years (gaining and losing 10 pounds off and on) by constantly eating a lot of sugar. I don't crave fried foods as much, or drink much soda at all, but I eat a lot of sugar, causing me to float between 150-160 at being a 5' 4" woman.
  • stephy1771
    stephy1771 Posts: 1 Member
    I've never cut out sugar completely, but the more I avoid eating and buying treats, the easier it gets to avoid them in general. It also helps me to pay careful attention to how I feel after eating a bunch of junk - the more I note the negative impacts of a food, the easier it gets to say "no." And perhaps the biggest help I've had is eating more quality fat (including saturated fats) - it DRASTICALLY reduces my hunger overall and especially my sugar cravings. Also, I try to go for high quality foods and taking time to savor them when eating - makes a big difference in being able to moderate your consumption.
  • Hollywood_Porky
    Hollywood_Porky Posts: 491 Member
    stephy1771 wrote: »
    I've never cut out sugar completely, but the more I avoid eating and buying treats, the easier it gets to avoid them in general. It also helps me to pay careful attention to how I feel after eating a bunch of junk - the more I note the negative impacts of a food, the easier it gets to say "no." And perhaps the biggest help I've had is eating more quality fat (including saturated fats) - it DRASTICALLY reduces my hunger overall and especially my sugar cravings. Also, I try to go for high quality foods and taking time to savor them when eating - makes a big difference in being able to moderate your consumption.

    That's it! You found that magical combination! I agree - reducing to eliminating simple sugars (not fruit mind you) is the path of least resistance to becoming fit. High quality foods, nutrient-dense, not calorie-dense, is also the way to go.
  • EvgeniZyntx
    EvgeniZyntx Posts: 24,208 Member
    stephy1771 wrote: »
    I've never cut out sugar completely, but the more I avoid eating and buying treats, the easier it gets to avoid them in general. It also helps me to pay careful attention to how I feel after eating a bunch of junk - the more I note the negative impacts of a food, the easier it gets to say "no." And perhaps the biggest help I've had is eating more quality fat (including saturated fats) - it DRASTICALLY reduces my hunger overall and especially my sugar cravings. Also, I try to go for high quality foods and taking time to savor them when eating - makes a big difference in being able to moderate your consumption.

    So perhaps focus on macros and meeting them. Make sure you get enough fat/protein in each meal.
  • MinimalistShoeAddict
    MinimalistShoeAddict Posts: 1,946 Member
    If you eat sources from fruit, you are fine because of the fiber content in fruit. .

    So fiber is the key? Can I just add some Benefiber to my soda for the same effect?

    OP,

    On a serious note, it is fine to cut out specific high sugar treats if they lead you to binge eating and exceeding your calorie/macro targets. Focus on the specific foods causing the binge eating, not sugar itself. Sugar is not the problem, just an ingredient of some of the foods you happen to binge on.

    Don't listen to the people hung up on "fruit sugar" vs non fruit sugar. Just avoid the foods that cause you to binge and hit your calorie/macro targets.


  • jddnw
    jddnw Posts: 319 Member
    rosestring wrote: »

    Anyone have success with going cold turkey? How did you do it?

    I'd done it. I simply don't keep trigger foods in the house. Out of site. Out of mind.

  • canary_girl
    canary_girl Posts: 366 Member
    I had a lot of success with eliminating sugar "cold turkey". I used to eat a lot of processed sugar. So I gave it up. Day One was fine, no problem. Day Two Sucked *kitten*. It was terrible. I finally just went to bed and laid there until I fell asleep. Day Three was hard, but easier than two. Day Four was fine, no more craving. I eliminated processed sugar (cakes, cookies, muffins, that type of thing and anything that had more than 3grams of sugar per serving, but not fruit or veggies) for quite a long time. Now I practice moderation. Now I can have a cookie or two without eating half the package. Sugar tastes very sickly sweet to me now, so a bite or two is all I want. And I have kids, so there is always cookies/ice cream in the house. I just don't want it. Eliminating sugar cold turkey for about a year was the turning point for me.
  • emmaps55
    emmaps55 Posts: 54 Member
    I did -- and it's now almost 7 weeks and I am still losing without the age-old struggle over cravings: see my blog post: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/blog/emmaps55/view/three-weeks-along-and-thistime-it-s-different-738752
  • Kirawolfkin
    Kirawolfkin Posts: 10 Member
    I've been low sugar/no dessert for three weeks now and I still absolutely die every time I grocery shop. How the heck do sugar cravings fade in a few days? It's my biggest hurdle.
  • i4gv777
    i4gv777 Posts: 17 Member
    In the past, I went on an extremely low carb Atkins diet of no sugar, no breads, no fruit. I ate sugar free jello with whip cream, and drank a lot of sweet diet rootbeer. When I was tempted by sugar, I would change my thoughts to something else. Eventually, after losing about 40pds I fell off the diet. I was super surprised when I discovered sugar actually tasted gross at first when I started eating sweets again!
  • rosestring
    rosestring Posts: 225 Member
    I had a lot of success with eliminating sugar "cold turkey". I used to eat a lot of processed sugar. So I gave it up. Day One was fine, no problem. Day Two Sucked *kitten*. It was terrible. I finally just went to bed and laid there until I fell asleep. Day Three was hard, but easier than two. Day Four was fine, no more craving. I eliminated processed sugar (cakes, cookies, muffins, that type of thing and anything that had more than 3grams of sugar per serving, but not fruit or veggies) for quite a long time. Now I practice moderation. Now I can have a cookie or two without eating half the package. Sugar tastes very sickly sweet to me now, so a bite or two is all I want. And I have kids, so there is always cookies/ice cream in the house. I just don't want it. Eliminating sugar cold turkey for about a year was the turning point for me.

    Thank you for your detailed response! I think I will try to cut it and just force myself to eat more fruits and veggies. Thank you to everyone else for sharing as well!
  • Francl27
    Francl27 Posts: 26,372 Member
    It worked great for me for about 3 months, then I binged badly. I've switched to moderation since...
  • corsayre8
    corsayre8 Posts: 551 Member
    I have a major sweet tooth. Ate candy nearly daily, drank soda regularly, lots of desserts. The. I dropped refined sugar/corn syrup/artificial sweetners the begining of the year. No issues here. I don't limit fruit and use honey daily in my tea, so usually still get sweet in my life.

    When I really need a treat I'll make cookies with coconut sugar or such, but this is in moderation.
  • isulo_kura
    isulo_kura Posts: 818 Member
    I just don't understand why anyone would eat cold turkey with sugar. Is it like a caramalised turkey then?
  • bigandstripy
    bigandstripy Posts: 31 Member
    I have cut out soft drinks and chocolate and my sugar levels are SO much better. I'm not actively looking for sugary products but I'm still consuming it in regular every day things that I don't necessarily associate with sugar.
  • Sabine_Stroehm
    Sabine_Stroehm Posts: 19,267 Member
    I cut out all refined carbs: sweets, pastries, store bought white bread, candy, sugar sweetened soda and snacks etc. For a couple of weeks, then limited them to less refined alternatives (100% whole grain, no sugar added etc.).

    My palate has changed. My hunger has changed, my cravings changed.
    Been maintaining my weight loss about 14 years now.