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It's hard to be objective about your diet when you're immersed in it day in and day out.

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But if you're able to take a step back and objectively analyze it (or you can get a nutritionist to do so), you'll likely find that you're eating (or drinking) way more sugar than is recommended. The fact is that we've become a culture that's completely blinded by our consumption of sugar in almost everything. But when you see what happens when you minimize it in your diet, you just might start a healthier, new lifestyle.

It starts with kids.

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As children, we get hooked on sugar in our cereals, through candy consumption, and just about everything else we eat. Fortunately, we're able to often (but not always) burn it off thanks to a high metabolic rate, but as we get older, our metabolism slows and sugar becomes a bigger problem. This New York Times article cites a study that replaced kid's sugar with other carbs and here's what it found...

Lower your risk of heart disease.

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In just ten days without sugar, the subjects, all kids, saw a ten-point drop in their LDL cholesterol, which causes heart disease.

Lowers risk of diabetes.

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Not only does risk of diabetes fall with lower sugar consumption, but blood pressure among the subjects also fell by 5 points.

Triglycerides fell as well.

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They fell by 33 points, which also reduces the risk of heart disease.

Weight loss occurred quickly, too.

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After just ten days, the subjects lost an average of two pounds each. Cutting out sugar is a simple move, but it's got profound effects.

Imagine what it could do long-term!

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If you see this kind of improvement after just ten days, imagine what you'd see over months or years? It's tempting to try, so go for it. You've got nothing to lose!

The first step...

via: Guff paying attention to what you eat. It might not be pleasant, but if you drink three sodas per day, know exactly how much extra sugar that's putting into your body. That way, you can create a useful plan of action to reduce your intake.

Go the other direction...

...with non-processed, unsweetened foods. They might not excite you initially, but the early improvement to your health and energy levels will make it worthwhile.

Find motivation and support.

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Any lifestyle change, especially a dietary one, is hard. So don't go it alone. Do it with someone or at least ask friends or family members to monitor you and support you so that you feel accountability to people other than yourself. You'll also have them to celebrate with as your health improves and the pounds fall off!