1 Simple Fix to Improve Your Diet

What if you could do one thing to immediately improve your diet? That would be pretty nice right? Well, that improvement is more straightforward than you might think.


How many times have you seen people go on crash diets completely different from what they would normally eat? These are those plans where people often eliminate an entire nutritional group, like carbs or fat. They do good for a few weeks, only to eventually fall off the wagon and go right back to their old habits of eating.


Improving your diet doesn’t have to be that drastic. It’s often the little changes that people make over time that lead to long-term adherence to healthier eating. Today I’m going to go over one thing, that if you decreased as much of it from your diet as possible, would immediately improve the quality of your nutrition.


Sugar. That’s it. Sugar is what needs to be eliminated as much as possible from your diet. It is the silent killer that’s attributable to weight gain, diabetes, and a whole host of other issues. The problem with today’s food industry is they like to hide it in all sorts of food products. It tastes good. The food manufacturers know that, and they’ll do whatever it takes to keep you buying their products.


Sugar quite literally can have the same effects on your mind and body as certain drugs. That rush you feel after eating something sugary soon leads to a crash, making you irritable and looking for your next fix. It’s a no-shit addiction that keeps your brain craving more and more through the rewards system. Get sugar, feel good, crash, feel bad, seek out more sugar, repeat.


Let’s talk about sugar and your blood. After eating something sugary your body releases insulin to transport that sugar elsewhere. It doesn’t like maintaining a high blood-sugar level. That chronic spike and drop of insulin can eventually blunt the system to the point of body becoming insulin resistant, meaning more of that sugar stays in the bloodstream. There’s a name for that which you might be familiar with. It’s Type II diabetes.


The best way to start eliminating sugar from your diet is to pay attention to what you’re eating. Start looking at nutrition labels and paying particular attention to the sugar level. Also look at the ingredients list. It goes by quantity, from most to least. If sugar is one of the first ingredients you read, put that shit back on the shelf.


Is paying attention to food labels fun? No. But neither is having diabetes or any of the other major health issues that can stem from a diet high in sugar. It’s time to start prioritizing your nutrition and putting your health ahead of pleasurable sugary treats.


Jon Griffith specializes in optimizing performance for firefighters & police. Jon is a personal trainer, firefighter, and former U.S. Army infantryman. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and 3 cats.

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