Sugar Withdrawal - All You Ever Need To Know!

Updated: Jul 9, 2020


You may have heard of sugar withdrawal and might be wondering what it’s all about? Maybe the thought of it even scares you stiff and is putting you off going sugar free?

Perhaps you've heard crazy rumours and all sorts of strange tales about the stages of a sugar detox and people having sugar crashes when they quit the white stuff?

Or what about flu like symptoms, a sugar withdrawal headache or even sugar withdrawal fatigue?




Well worry no more, because I’m going to fill you in on exactly what a sugar withdrawal is, and what physical withdrawal symptoms of sugar you might experience if you do decide to quit sugar.

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You might experience things like cravings, headaches, irritability and other side effects, and we'll go through them all fully along with how and why they are likely to affect you if you stop eating sugar.

And bear in mind that the severity of any symptoms will also depend on how much sugar you eat, and how long you have been eating it.

As this blog goes into detail about sugar addiction, cravings and sugar withdrawal symptoms, there is also an FAQ at the end for quick answers to all the questions you are likely to have about the withdrawal symptoms of sugar.

You're not alone!

There are literally millions of people around the world who are craving sweets and hooked on sugar, often without even realising it, and the crazy thing is, as I explain later, you'll find out how a sugar addict may already experience most of the symptoms of sugar withdrawal every single day, just on a more reduced level.

You wouldn't believe just how much excessive sugar can affect how we feel and look. There is literally no other dietary change that you can make that can have such an impact on so many aspects of your overall health and looks.

What are the benefits of quitting sugar?

Before we got to the negative sides of a sugar withdrawal, it might be a good time to highlight all of the wonderful benefits you can expect by cutting sugar out of your diet.

I have written an extensive post here - 17 Amazing Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Sugar, outlining just some of the benefits, including:

  • Weight loss

  • A healthier heart

  • Less mood swings

  • A better memory

  • Increased sex drive

  • Better breath

  • Stronger teeth

  • Better quality of sleep

  • More energy

  • Younger looking skin

  • Fewer colds

  • Less chance of type 2 diabetes

  • Feeling happier

  • Less chance of getting cancer

  • Fewer joint pains

  • A healthier liver

  • Less fatty organs

So it's worth reminding yourself that even if you might suffer some temporary physical symptoms of sugar withdrawal, the short and long term benefits of quitting sugar far outweigh any mild discomfort you experience when you first remove sugar from your diet.

And another thing to consider is that just because you decide to do a sugar detox, it doesn't mean you can never eat sugar again. By quitting sugar for a specific period of time, you are able to reset your palate and re calibrate your dependancy.


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This means that things will taste sweeter and you regain control of your eating, preventing an addiction making poor food choices for you.

Hooked On Sugar

So why does sugar affect you like this, and why is sugar just soooo addictive?

Have you ever wondered why you keep on eating this stuff when you may have read or heard about how bad it is for you?

Well the reason we crave sweets or chocolate, or can't 'just say no' to a slice of cake the same way we might say no to a piece of cheese, is down to sugar's addictive properties.

Sugar is so addictive that in