Free of sugar addiction – third time’s the charm!

Before and after

Before and after

It can be difficult to get rid of a sugar addiction. Just like quitting smoking, several attempts may be needed before you succeed.

Here’s Sara’s story:

Hi Andreas!

Thank you for an inspiring blog!

On two previous occasions, I have tried to adopt an LCHF diet, but neither attempt lasted more than a week.

But in October 2013 I made a decision – I want to live healthfully!

My first two weeks of sugar withdrawal were horrible. I felt awful and my body protested all it could against my new diet. I really was addicted to sugar.

But this time around I was determined and I succeeded!!!

Besides getting rid of my sugar addiction, my goal was to accquire a more healthful waistline measurement, as I had read about on your blog.

I started out with a waistline measurement of 40 inches (101 cm) and now in March 2014 I’m down to 31 inches (80 cm).

Previously, I wasn’t really exercising but now I exercise 3 times a week, which makes me feel very good.

Thank you for all the help and motivation along the way!


Sara Mattson

Congratulations on your success and your health improvements!


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  1. Walter
    Theres not evidence enough to suggest sugar addiction exist.
    Replies: #2, #8
  2. Zepp
    Noe.. but there are a lot of sciense about Dopamine!

    Sugar addictions is like any other addictions.. a kind of behavior!

  3. Liza
    If sugar was just invented tomorrow and put through the addictive substance test, it wouldn't have made it to consumer level. It's a highly addictive substance with a multitude of long term effects and very harmful to overall jealth. I'm sure doc agrees!
  4. nan
    Congratulations! Several studies have shown that sugar acts on the same part of the brain as opiates; so if it isn't addicting, it sure acts like an addictive substance. The only thing I ever struggled to control was the constant cravings for sugars.

  5. Janknitz
    I believe there ARE studies, Walter, but who cares? Who needs studies? People who continue to eat sugary crap even when they KNOW they are not hungry and even when they want to stop to lose weight are addicted, whether it meets some study's criteria or not. It's not a matter of weak willpower, it's a physiological imperative for some. Not everyone has the cajones to go through that difficult withdrawal from the thing you think is not addicting.

    It's HARD to give up sugar, and unless you fully understand how to replace it with satisfying and nourishing foods (most don't, they are told to limit fat and eat a lot of carbs) it can be a self-defeating cycle. We don't need studies deciding whether sugar is addicting or not, we need good information on how to break the cycle and restore our bodies to optimal health.

    Reply: #6
  6. Michelle
    Well said Janknitz and well done Sara.

    I know that when I cut out sugar my appetite is under control and food does not bother me until I'm hungry. Surely this is the state of being that all of us need to be in? How is constantly going to the fridge or cupboard for high sugar snacks normal or healthy? We have accepted the snacking culture because we have adopted the high carb formula in our diets. To me, it is glaringly obvious that by reducing carbs (more for some, less for others) you control appetite and reduce obesity. If you don't lose weight by lowering carbs you have to adjust the diet to your bodies needs; experiment and stop being a sheep because we are all different. The key is appetite control.

    Thanks for sharing your story Sara.

  7. Jo
    Well done Sara on turning your health around :0)
  8. FrankG
    At the same time Walter there are "studies" which apparently prove that sugar does NOT give children an high and cause them to rush around like crazy small things, being very loud and hard to control.... are you a parent? If not, you might ask one for an opinion regarding such "studies".


    Congratulations Sara! Good For You :-)

    Replies: #10, #12
  9. Evelien
    Congratulations! Thank you for your inspiring story. I am so glad you managed to succeed. I feel let down by all my failed attempts... I guess you just have to make the switch once and for all. LCHF might work in itself, but you need such strength and perseverance to do it and keep at it.
    Thanks for sharing!
  10. Paul the rat
    "...there are "studies" which apparently prove that sugar does NOT give children an high and cause them to rush around like crazy small things…"

    as well as there are malnourished stand-up comedians amongst us, who say that meat and cheese are addictive !

    Well done Sara!

  11. Marcy
    Sugar sure does something to you. I had not eaten sugar for months, but when they opened a Voodoo donut shop here in Denver, my husband came home with two dozen. I took exactly one bite from each 'just to taste them all'. I was bouncing off the walls like a toddler. My heart and pulse were racing. I thought I was going to die.I felt awful. Never again.
  12. Murray
    When interpreting studies, it is helpful to be observant. I observe, for example, that as a non-drinker of caffeinated drinks, that if I have even a decaffeinated coffee I am wired. A caffeine addict, by contrast, derives a profound sense of relief and calm. Same with nicotine and smokers. Notice the "aaaah" response of the smoker to that long-awaited toke.

    So a study that purports to test whether children get hyperactive from sugar that fails to control for addiction would have failed to control for an important factor. I get wired from sugar, just like from having a coffee. But I am not a sugar addict and, moreover, my glucose tolerance to a whack of sugar is low, much like a teetollar's response to alcohol. I have not upregulated the metabolic triage response to repeated blows of excess blood sugar.

    Given what we know about sugar and kids these days, giving a candy bar to a room full of sugar addicts, would be like giving a mid-morning coffee to a room full of coffee-craving caffeine addicts or a drink to a room full of alcoholics. Would the coffee drinkers get hyper? Would the alcoholics start stumbling with one drink? Not until the dose was much higher than would provoke those reactions in non-addicts.

    So the effect of a sugar dose would depend on addiction, where addicts would have greater glucose tolerance and an addiction-satisfying relaxation response.

    Then there is the factor of ADHD....

  13. Jan C
    I hope you won't mind me putting a comment here about Sam Feltham, of Smash the Fat, who has been reported to the Advertising Standards Association, in the UK, by someone who says that the service his organisation provides is falsified or wrong. The ASA is asking for proof that what they are claiming is true. See the newsletter article here

    Sam is asking that anyone who has followed a LCHF diet 'To help us overcome this hump in the road to winning the good fight, we’d love to provide the A.S.A. with as many success stories as possible from using a low carb high fat diet along with, but not completely necessary, some strength and interval training for exercise. All you have to do to help us out with this investigation is to submit your success story on our website using the form right here'.

    Sam is the person who has been on three 21-day challenges so far comparing different types of diets, and he is very active in promoting a real-food LCHF diet. Lots more information on his website

  14. Erica S
    Congratulations Sara! I'm sure you are safeguarding your heart as well. :) I am about to start!

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