Of all the diet crazes, the popularity of going sugar-free has persisted for years; from aiding weight loss to lowering heart attack risk, there are supposed to be an endless number of benefits to cutting it out.
But one woman has made us throw any scepticism out of the window .
Carolyn Hartz gave up sugar 28 years ago after becoming “addicted” to sweets and now, at 70 years old, has a body that women of just about any age would be envious of.
Which she says she owes to cutting out the white stuff.
“I even speak to women who are in their 40s and who have had children and think they cannot regain their post baby body.”
Hartz, founder of sweetener company Sweet Life, doesn’t deny that after this age it can be harder to keep in shape.
But she says that it’s still possible – “if you really want to work at it,” anyway.
And for her, a well-thought-out sugar-free diet along with good levels of sleep and exercise has been the ticket.
“We know our metabolism slows down as we get older it just means we have to take control and make healthier choices and work a little harder,” she explained.
“I believe it is very important to be aware of the type of food you eat and the quantity of food you eat. Being mindful while you are eating is a huge factor.”
To prevent sugar cravings, Hartz makes sure she eats protein with every meal – especially breakfast – and while she encourages people to not deprive themselves of their favourite foods and drinks, she recommends keeping an eye on portion size.
She also swears by mindful eating – paying full attention to what you’re consuming and tasting it properly as you eat it – for anyone avoiding putting on weight.
“I say to my customers ‘taste and enjoy every mouthful’,” she explained.
“It will help you slow down and you will be less likely to overeat.”
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