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I quit sugar for 30 days

Last year I had developed a bad habit of snacking
I had lost all self-control in the face of a free donut or plate of cookies. And I made justifications for my actions
Excuses like: ‘well, I did go to the gym today.’ ‘Overall I eat pretty healthy’
‘It’s not like I do this every day.’… Until I started to do it every day.
I knew something had to change when even though I exercise often, I noticed I was developing early onset dad-gut.
So I decided to quit sugar for 30 days
Now most of us know that too much sugar is a bad thing
It’s something that we’ve been taught ever since we were kids. And apart from simply putting a little bit of weight on your gut
There’s a lot more serious problems that can come with eating too much sugar. It can damage your metabolism,
cause type 2 diabetes, increase the likelihood that you’ll get liver or kidney damage, causes inflammation of the skin
Joint pain, tooth decay and even problems maintaining an erection
So yeah, there’s there’s even that as well. So that’s probably the main reason- no,
It’s not the main reason, get that out of your head
So on top of all that, on top of all of these bad things that it does to your body
it’s also very
Addictive. So I know the first thing that I want to do right now is go through my entire
apartment, and find all of the things that have added sugar, and get them out of my apartment. So let’s do that now.
I knew it was consuming a decent amount of sugar,
But without reading the labels and digging into weekly snacks and meals, I wouldn’t know for sure
There were of course some no-brainers. Ice cream is loaded,
Chocolate snacks are packed,
My once a month energy drink. But I was also surprised to find a lot of sugar in my protein bars,
My breakfast cereal is basically a dessert. Even the bread I was buying had 5 grams / slice
If you’re like me and you have very little self-control
The only thing you can do to regain control is to completely change your environment
It’s impossible to eat snacks that you refuse to purchase and bring into your home in the first place
So all this stuff needs to go
The cravings were the worst for the first couple days, but even a week in I was struggling late at night
All right, so I’m seven days into this no sugar challenge and this is probably the toughest night so far about 45 minutes ago
I had a bit of a sugar craving and
Instinctively I went to my snack cabinet and I’ll show you guys what I found
That’s it
Organic rice cake
Nothing, nothing sweet there
Before I started this challenge I did a little bit of research, but I still had a lot of questions about sugar
What kind of sugar should we be avoiding? And how much is too much?
So I asked my friend Becca Shern to help clear some things up for me. She’s a registered dietician and founder of Minimal Wellness
I’m hoping you can help me kind of break down when people decide to get sugar out of the diet,
what does that look usually look like, what kind of sugars are people usually trying to cut out?
– Most people, when they’re trying to cut
out sugar, they’re talking about added sugar. So
sugar that gets added to a processed food.
That’s like table sugar, or honey, or high fructose corn syrup
“My king, this corn syrup was just delivered”
Generally, it’s recommended that you’re somewhere, – but under ideally – 5 % of your calories from added sugar.
So for a 2000 calorie diet, that’s 25 grams of added sugar
And it turns out that added sugar can add up quick
I noticed the high levels in some of my daily snacks and the occasional foods
I might get served on an airplane. While my old instinct was to throw food in my mouth,
my new instinct was to check the back of the package, and then throw my food at Natalie
You’re not aiming for 25 grams of sugar every day it’s like
over the course of a week, over the course of a month. Like some days are really low,
some days are quite high.
So that is where you can get the flexibility to have dessert on a special occasion
And I think that, that’s where, as a culture, we’ve really like got off track, as we no longer have sugar
relegated to
Desserts or special occasions, right? It’s like in everything, because we eat so much processed food
Yeah, and it was surprising even for me
Like I had watched Fed Up, and these documentaries, and I’ve read a lot of blog posts about how much sugar is in everything
I knew it, but then I was still surprised by certain things
Like my granola bar was like 30 grams of sugar and I’m like, that’s why I taste so good!
And it’s hard
I think it takes a lot, really like looking at everything you you’re purchasing, and really understanding that if it tastes too good to be true,
it’s probably…
Yeah. Yeah, I mean there’s a reason why food manufacturers put a lot of added sugar in things. It tastes good,
it makes you want to buy it again. This is really straightforward.
The problem is, it’s
terrible for us.
Becca thought my 30-day
no-sugar challenge was a good step to understanding how my body personally responds to sugar. But also stressed the importance of maintaining a healthy
And balanced diet. If I’m being honest, my diet isn’t always balanced and it can sometimes look a bit primitive
All right, so tonight’s dinner can really only be described as a bowl of food.
Let me show you guys what we’re working with here. We’ve got your rice your chicken and your daily recommended
bacon. I should be eating more veggies. I just realize that right now.
I’m gonna start doing that. Soon
but first, bacon
I must not have had a terrible sugar addiction, because I didn’t experience any headaches, or major
discomfort, outside of nightly cravings. To combat these cravings
I made some tea as a replacement. This really helped to keep my mind
distracted. My biggest fear and motivation to go on this 30-day challenge, is because I know how small changes make a big difference.
Now normally when I talk about small changes, it relates to positive change, but it also works in the opposite direction
Small bad habits, like snacking on junk food can build up and compound to something much worse.
‘What are you looking at?”
You make those early excuses and justifications
But eventually you don’t need to make them anymore, because the bad habit sticks, and you’re running on autopilot.
So I’m thankful that I got out in front of it, before things got any worse.
In the past, I had relied on smoothies to get most of my vitamins, but as a part of this challenge,
I also wanted to cut back on fruit. While they do include vitamins, nutrients and fibers that are good for you,
I wanted to force myself to eat more greens.
After the first 10 days, I started to prepare and eat healthier meals for dinner. I’d have fish with brown rice and sauteed kale
Salads became my go-to meal because they were convenient and easy to prepare
We have curry cod with some brown rice and sauteed
kale. And the kale, I actually sauteed it with some chicken broth with which I’m also gonna be drinking here
This is like a bachelor meal.
Natalie is definitely much better around the kitchen than I am.
I primarily eat for sustenance, while she cooks and eats for the love of the food.
‘That is extremely sweet’
‘Look at it: double the sauce,
I got
no sauce.’ I found workarounds and substitutes for all meals that included sugar. Instead of fig jam sauce
I used mustard, instead of vinegar
I used olive oil and a healthy squeeze of lemon, topped with some salt and pepper.
Three weeks in, and I noticed that my energy levels became more stable.
No longer did I have huge swings of high to low energy throughout the day,
especially as I tried to balance my diet out with protein, carbs, greens,
and a little bit less bacon.
So what you’re experiencing there is, is energy levels, but it’s blood sugar fluctuations
So when you have lots of added sugar in your diet,
you can get really big fluctuations in your blood sugar levels, which make you feel like you’ve got a lot of energy and then
Holy crap, you’re crashing, and you have no energy. And then, what you typically do when you feel like you have no energy
especially if you’re not paying attention, is to gravitate towards something that will give you quick energy, which
So you go back up,
you feel good for a little while, and then you crash again.
In addition to more stable energy levels,
I also noticed a significant reduction of my dad-gut. It didn’t disappear, but the tide had turned.
Alright, so the 30 day challenge is done, and I feel pretty good, I feel pretty good
There were a few things that I changed over the past 30 days.
I did start going to the gym more, and now that I’m not traveling as much,
I also reduced my carbs partly because of the reduction in added sugar and
It’s hard to pinpoint the exact percentage
of benefit that I received from getting rid of sugar. To steal a phrase from Dan Harris, I’d say maybe I was 10%
healthier. It definitely made a huge difference in my energy levels and in how I felt every day, and it was definitely nice to curb
those cravings, because, who knows how bad it could have gotten, if I just kept snacking and kept going.
My dad-gut could have potentially turned into a grandpa-gut, which would have been really scary. But going forward. I love sweets,
I love dessert, big fan, and I don’t want to just get rid of it
completely, because I think in this life we need to actually enjoy things,
but I want to bring it back in moderation. So starting next month.
I’m going to experiment with a once a week
cheat meal
and that starts tomorrow.
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Oh, that was a mistake, I feel sick, my stomach hurts
I ate like a doughnut and a half ,and I still feel horrible. This is terrible. Look at this
This is bad.
I need to give these doughnuts away to somebody
‘Yeah, thanks for taking these Donuts’
‘You’re welcome!’
‘Bye’ ‘Bye’
‘Happy birthday!’
‘Thank you’

Randall Smitham



  1. Matt D'Avella Posted on February 12, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    If you want to learn more about Becca’s work go to http://minimalwellness.com. She has a lot of great essays about simplicity, health & wellness.

  2. Alexisasheep Posted on August 1, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    if you have a problem getting boners linked to sugar it could be clogged arteries so get that checked.

  3. Paul Newcomb Posted on August 2, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Cut out the vast majority of the carbs in this video (even after cutting added sugar) and you'll be golden.

  4. Head First Posted on August 2, 2019 at 1:41 am

    Sesame oil is good on a salad. Sugar is not a food item it is a drug. Watch this video to the end and you’ll see what I mean.

  5. Juho Posted on August 2, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    It's actually really easy to get rid of a sugar addiction, if you manage to not eat sugar for like 2 weeks, then you don't even want to eat candy and stuff like that

  6. Chitt CX Posted on August 2, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    I’m eating a chocolate muffin as I watch this LOL

  7. stan day6 Posted on August 2, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    the withdrawal symptoms are hitting me while I watch this video

  8. TheEpitomeMEdia Posted on August 3, 2019 at 2:50 am

    Snack on almonds for the cravings…salted preferably

  9. Serena Kim Posted on August 3, 2019 at 6:07 am

    I quit sugar and alcohol for almost 80 days for photo shoot. I’m literally dying.

  10. red ninjas Posted on August 3, 2019 at 7:12 am

    I bet you 1237643790821754 dollars you didn't read that number. You just skipped right over it. You didn't even realize I put a letter in it. No I didn't but you went back and looked. I want my fucking like!!!

  11. David Burke Posted on August 3, 2019 at 8:18 am

    I've gone keto, and I swear every time I break it everything tastes like syrup.
    Thick sugary syrup.
    So much sugar in EVERYTHING!!!!!!!.

    Even a beer tastes like syrup. Ugh..

  12. Florian E Posted on August 3, 2019 at 9:55 am

    I'd rather consume 'real' sugar than those sugar replacements

  13. Dat Phung Posted on August 3, 2019 at 10:24 am

    where is the before and after photo ?

  14. Varun Shah Posted on August 3, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Can u please don't show non veg items in your video. It really hurts me as I am pure vegetarian . Thanks

  15. neer b Posted on August 3, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Been 2 years since i cut out sugar completely..life is lighter and healthier 😊

  16. Johnny Bravo Posted on August 3, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Had sugar been discovered today it would have been a banned substance like cocaine.

  17. Борис Бабанов Posted on August 3, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    it is better to quit most of carbs

  18. Dhanar Putra Posted on August 3, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Well…for me it's not sugar itself because I'm not used to sugar-rich snack.

    It's the habit both for the internal body and biological clock that affect your reaction.

  19. Karine T Posted on August 3, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Good! Why only 30 days? We know it's bad right!

  20. Hunt2247 Posted on August 3, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Not gonna lie ur diet looks appetizing

  21. Norica Posted on August 3, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Watching this video with 3 spoons of pure sugar in my tea
    Feeling good

  22. Keely Thomas Posted on August 3, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    I really like that you DO NOT have your hands in the camera constantly. I can actually focus on what you're saying. Thanks!

  23. absxus x Posted on August 4, 2019 at 12:53 am

    try to do bad habit for 30 days dude

  24. John Rees Posted on August 4, 2019 at 1:50 am

    I'm too skinny to quit sugar if I did I'd vanish..

  25. Maria Ruleva Posted on August 4, 2019 at 2:23 am

    people call me crazy but i’m fully sugar free at 12 😁 it’s very hard sometimes tho

  26. Nissan U. -SUBW00FER- Posted on August 4, 2019 at 2:49 am

    Did you seriously throw away food? The US on average throws away 40% of the food we produce. You are being so wasteful.

  27. SplashSoccer Posted on August 4, 2019 at 2:50 am

    Talk to me

  28. binti shine Posted on August 4, 2019 at 4:20 am

    The problem of mine in sugar is. My dad is the sugae palm farmer also he plants rice. Sooo in my house sugar is freeeee

  29. Haretz tj Posted on August 4, 2019 at 5:12 am

    but I would end up snacking on nuts and cheetos. ;-;

  30. Princess Yuki Edogawa Posted on August 4, 2019 at 5:18 am

    What i do…i eat sugary food…then vomit it after…i know its bad but its my way of enjoying both worlds…but i will try this…

  31. Digital Kit Posted on August 4, 2019 at 8:01 am

    so the sugar in fruits is bad aswell ?, please tell me it isn't…

  32. Uroš Maksimović Posted on August 4, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Ur not a sugar addict if u have things to throw out at the beggining…

  33. Uroš Maksimović Posted on August 4, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Dont know why people say they feel different after not eating sweets after a while,i feel the same ,unless fruits sabotage it cuz i eat alot of fruits

  34. Sinem Ks Posted on August 4, 2019 at 9:36 am

    I quit sugar for several months now and it gets easier with time

  35. Miskrediteret Sandhed Posted on August 4, 2019 at 9:53 am

    The title should have been: “I quit WHITE sugar for 30 days” – There’s certain types of sugar, which you find in vegetables for example, that you simply just need – can’t survive without them! White sugar, you don’t at all…

  36. Yamasa Posted on August 4, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    The end reel is evil

  37. CrossfitFan125 Posted on August 4, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    If you wanna quit sugar, Then you need to quit eating food!!

  38. Mahdi Chebbi Posted on August 4, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Thank you for this video , I quited sugar like you for a month and now I finaly got my 6 packs and I feel healthier

  39. BOSS Posted on August 4, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    I like ur wife i hope i get one like her in future🙂

  40. Хиккан Аватария Posted on August 4, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Hello i am from russia thanks for you video)

  41. creations landscape designs Posted on August 4, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    I have been sugar free for years. Cheers

  42. Son Goku Posted on August 4, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    I haven’t even quit sugar

  43. xXTheSmasherXx Posted on August 4, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Even after stopping the sugar i can't maintain my erections in public places

  44. Gianni Claud Posted on August 4, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Did you just throw all of that food away?

    What a privilege to waste.

  45. jenchan Posted on August 5, 2019 at 1:17 am

    i can't quit sugar because i'm too sweet!

  46. Yuko Sano Posted on August 5, 2019 at 1:27 am

    How is it possible? Almost all food that i eat consist of sugar.

  47. Christopher Wallbank Posted on August 5, 2019 at 3:30 am

    I looked at alot of dried fruit and some dried fruit has nearly 30% added sugar

  48. Stuff Posted on August 5, 2019 at 6:47 am

    When quitting sugar, is it ok to take artificial sweeteners?

  49. Luis Martinez Posted on August 5, 2019 at 8:28 am

    8:17 Bruh I just sleep😂 even if it’s like 5pm then I wake up like at 4 A.M. so it ends up fixing the sleep schedule on its own lmao

  50. Ѫ Posted on August 5, 2019 at 10:22 am

    I quit sugar for 5 months now and it's the best decision I've ever made in ny life

  51. Queen Ni Posted on August 5, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Meat is bad for you too

  52. Indian Garrix Posted on August 5, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    I quit fl studio for 1 sec.

  53. Anthony Brazzle Posted on August 5, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    I don't think its necessary to cut out fruit

  54. Marek Jelínek Posted on August 5, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    I can over-eat sugar as well sometimes. Interesting thing is I'm not missing it when not having it but then I start again … I buy a pack of chocolate biscuits , big tube of ice cream, … And for some reason I tend to eat more sugar when I'm having week of PM shift at work – that's surprising to me as on late shift working days I'm less tired (I can sleep long in the morning).
    Truth is that I sometimes have symptoms of addiction – like I pick up something sweet in the shop even thought I'm not really craving it. In my local bakery I sometimes buy sweet stuff just because of habit and cause I know it's tasty.

  55. Jorocinak123 Posted on August 5, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    I quit sugar for almost 6 months now and I havent felt a major difference.

  56. Hammad Khalid Posted on August 6, 2019 at 9:05 am

    I quiet sugar for forever

  57. Poonam Das Posted on August 6, 2019 at 10:31 am

    U r married??? Broke my heart. Lol.

  58. Cindy Wu Posted on August 6, 2019 at 10:36 am

    i was so set on cutting sugar UNTIL I SAW THAT DONUT HOLY SHIT DJFDKEC GJF

  59. skirlix x Posted on August 6, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    😂youtube how can u read my mind

  60. RGL Posted on August 6, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Quit eating animal products. All. That will suit you. And it compliments your minimal Lifestyle. You’ll feel better too. And… there is no missing out.

  61. Helen Ndow Posted on August 6, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Sugar in bread, sauces , stir fry, even potato crisps, it’s disgusting to put sugar into savoury foods.

  62. Cathal King Posted on August 6, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Anyone wanna share their sugar free grocery list? 😀

  63. Min Yoongi is Suga to my Tae Posted on August 6, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    i quit sugar half a year ago. i dont even want it anymore now, and im also the happiest ive ever been too :')

  64. Martin Easy Posted on August 6, 2019 at 4:57 pm


  65. ITSLIZZ Posted on August 6, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    I’m eating a whole box of merengues bc I keep snacking on them so I’ll just them all in one sitting so tomorrow I can’t snack on them again 😎🤟
    Update: I just finished them. Instant regret.

  66. Pap Papinskie Posted on August 6, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Vegetables are trash for you. Keep eating meat.

  67. Sprout Love Posted on August 6, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Aren't carbs sugars? I heard that cutting carbs like potatoes, rice, wheat, etc is a part of this!

  68. LU VIVE LA VIE Posted on August 6, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Heyyyy, I started a self challenge to quite sugar as well. I only quite chocolate, desert, icecream cookies, candie, but I still eat carbs and fruite. I started this challenge because I felt that I was so addicated to those added sugar and the more I ate them, the more tired or dizy I felt.

    So I remember first few days, it was horrible, I felt so down, passive, and craving for sugar, but after a few weeks, I slowly got used to the life without added sugar, and I even love that feeling. Guess what, I did exactly the same as your video, I just one day thinking that let me have some cheesecake and icecream since I haven't touched them for a while, so I remember that was such an awful experience!

    First of all, they are too sweet in my mouth, and made my stomach upset as well, no clues… then I felt that it seemed that addiction came back, and I spent like 2 weeks went back to non-stop eating added sugar life again which was absolutely awful! !

    But fortunately I told myself to have a strong mind and get back to the challenge which is a healthy life too. So instead of eating cakes, I eat fruités instead. So finally my addiction gone.

    Now I still eat cheesecake occasionally if I go to a buffet, but I choose eat more fruite instead of added sugar, and I feel much better everyday ^^

  69. Jessica wang Posted on August 6, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    I watch this while staring at my ice cream

  70. Ignitive Posted on August 6, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    "Sugar bad?" – love it!

  71. John Ward Posted on August 6, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Did he not eat fruits

  72. Joonas Jääskeläinen Posted on August 6, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    I quit sugar for thirty days and died

  73. Dimondgem64 Posted on August 6, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    I feel like I should also do this…. I'm getting addicted to sugar these days… 😕

  74. TAO LIN Posted on August 7, 2019 at 12:37 am

    if no one sees u drinking bubble tea, then there's no sugar involved 😛

  75. Richie AngeLove Posted on August 7, 2019 at 1:09 am

    I did a keto diet and had to completely cut off sugar for about 6 weeks. never felt so good before in my life the way I looked and felt was amazing. I have fallen off the wagon long ago it's high time to terminate sugar for good……………..

  76. Mark Difort Posted on August 7, 2019 at 1:18 am

    This video made me go get a SUGARY snack

  77. Chezz Posted on August 7, 2019 at 5:35 am

    He had to eat a donut for this video thumbnail

  78. Baldoxxx4000 Posted on August 7, 2019 at 6:09 am

    I have a cabinet full of cookies and energy bars, when I finish it, maybe ill quit 😀

  79. Frenkie Posted on August 7, 2019 at 11:34 am

    I did quit for 1year, in the first 3 months i went from 96kg to 79kg

  80. Better Tomorrow Posted on August 7, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Pro tip:

    If you want to quit sugar. Replace some of it with artificial sugar. Like Cola Zero, Stevia etc

  81. Ella Colson Posted on August 7, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Caffiene addict

  82. Snilsson Posted on August 7, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    I’m Swedish but have lived in the US for the past 2 years. I love this country but it is infuriating trying to find basic food like bread, yoghurt, granola etc without sugar in it. I have Whole Foods and Mariano’s close to my apartment but they’re not better than anyone else.
    One of the things I miss the most about Europe tbh.

  83. Travis bennett Posted on August 7, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Im cutting sugar 5:29 has a large bowl of rice???

  84. Nrtik Posted on August 7, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    His bacon in his food look like a bruised banana

  85. mondieu Posted on August 7, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    You killed us at the end.

  86. daan wiersema Posted on August 7, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    You need to try banana with spinach smoothie

  87. Milos Stojilovic Posted on August 7, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    I'm watching this while eating 2 slices of chocolate cake 😂😂

  88. Turpalele Posted on August 7, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    idk how y'all eat sugar so much.. I barely eat anything sweet except fruits since i'm 16… Everyone look at your carb consumption !

  89. Bohdi Fuller Posted on August 7, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    White rice is the devil.. its sugar in disguise

  90. Kissed by a rose Posted on August 8, 2019 at 1:40 am

    What should I do about my sugar daddy??

  91. アマリジョースター Posted on August 8, 2019 at 2:57 am

    as a T1 Diabetic this is just suicide.

  92. Neloy Pucyutan Posted on August 8, 2019 at 3:11 am

    I also quit sugar for 30…. minutes