Interesting side effects – The ‘less sugar’ experiment! 3

eat less sugarSo for those of you who have been keeping up with all Kirby’s Personal Training and Fitness related things via twitter, you’ll have heard me whinge about sugar hangovers and how even one bottle of my favourite ginger ale (alcoholic and non alcoholic) is leaving me feeling like I’ve had a night out with George Best.

The interesting side effects of less obvious sugar in my diet have been:

  • When I’ve had some of my free from chocolate I’ve been OK, but if I add in a muffin and a bottle of ginger ale….I feel sick for hours after and usually into the next morning.
  • I wake up with a hangover like headache that takes a good few hours to disperse, purely from eating something high in sugar.
  • I’m finding ciders too sweet and my alcohol intake has practically reached zero.
  • Most free from treats are now so sweet I honestly can’t stomach them.
  • Sweet popcorn is a no no, but the salted variety is also becoming grim (and I usually prefer salted anyway)
  • My skin has improved no end. Now this is a welcomed side effect, the less adult acne I have, the better 😉
  • I crave more veg than ever.
  • I’m not looking for free from baked goods such as crumpets, gaps, bread etc as an alternative, although I do enjoy a nice Cinnamon and Raisin bagel – but who doesn’t

Simply removing as much obvious refined sugar from diet has had a dramatic impact on my training as well.  I am running better and lifting heavier than I have in a while, probably because I am fuelling correctly again and not piling in the crap like I have done in the past. It’s quite interesting. The side effect of the sugar hangover is something I really don’t want and so the longer I avoid the high sugar stuff, the better. Oh and I’ve lost fat as well as my body fat percentage has decreased…boom!

Am continuing on the less sugar, and hopefully we will see what the impact is in full by Christmas. If you’re doing the less sugar idea too, let me know in the comments. Share with us what side effects, both good and bad, you’ve noticed and any changes you’ve seen generally.

As always, be kind to yourself, you rock!


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About Krissie Kirby

Level 3 Personal Trainer, StrongFirst Kettlebell Instructor, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Qualified nutritionist and Pole Instructor. I used to weigh 18st 3lbs, now I help people change their lives and get them moving better.

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3 thoughts on “Interesting side effects – The ‘less sugar’ experiment!

  • Sophie

    Is it just processed sugars you’ve been avoiding? e.g. have you been eating fruit? I’ve heard from a variety of sources that fruit is better but should still not be over eaten. Thoughts?

    • Krissie Kirby Post author

      It’s all refined sugar I’m staying away from, so table sugar and any that has been unnecessarily added to things (like low fat and all that rubbish) and even honey/agave. I do eat fruit but I don’t eat a lot, maybe one to two pieces a day. Sugar in all forms (including artificial) gets the same reaction in the body once it’s in the stomach, it’s just some is slower to release than others, as in the case of our friend the banana. Many people mistake the advice of 5 portions of fruit and veg to mean predominantly fruit because it comes first in the list, whereas really it should be 5-9 portions of veg with only one or two of those portions being fruit, so they go overboard on the fruit. the government advice is misleading on a number of items when it comes to healthy eating. Fruit is better in it’s natural form (not juice) because it has so much more than just fructose, there’s fibre, potassium and all other wonderful nutrients we need. But yes, too much is, like everything else, too much.