Healthy Choices

Dutch researcher experiments by giving up alcohol and sugar for one month

March 22nd, 2021

If you’ve ever gone on a sugar binge, you’ve felt firsthand how it can make your body feel…and it’s not great.

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This Dutch researcher decided to completely cut added sugar, alcohol, and artificial additives out of his diet for one month and the results are mind-blowing.

This will make you want to cut out sugar and alcohol for good!

It’s no secret that sugar is bad for you, but you won’t believe how bad it actually is.

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According to the International Diabetes Federation, there were approximately 463 million people with diabetes worldwide as of 2019.

They expect that number to rise to 700 million by the year 2045. That led to an estimated 4.2 million who passed away from diabetes in just that year alone—scary, right?

Even scarier is that approximately 232 million people were undiagnosed and completely unaware that they even had the disease.

Sacha Harland is a musician from Holland who decided to cut sugar out for one month and document the process.

Right from the jump, his body began feeling the effects. The Dutch website LifeHunters followed Sacha on the month-long journey, and he had no idea how hard it was going to be.

First things first, he went to a sports physician to see where his body stood before the experiment.

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Sacha went into sugar withdrawal during the first week of the experiment, feeling extremely irritable and always hungry.

“I didn’t think it would already be this hard,” he remarked. He went on to say:

“I’m more irritable. It’s bad for the people around me.”

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During the first three weeks, Sacha’s body continued to crave sugar but he didn’t waver.

Soon, he would feel the great effects the sugar-cut was having on his body. Slowly but surely, his body began feeling amazing, cycling out all the added sugars and showing some incredible results. Everywhere he went, he saw signs advertising all the stuff he couldn’t consume, but Sacha was able to stick to his diet and forfeit all added sugars, alcohol, and preservatives.

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He visits a nutritionist to learn why sugar is so bad for you, and what she tells him is something everyone should know:

“Sweet things make you crave for more. Sugar wants vitamins, it makes you tired, alcohol does that too, you dehydrate. You will feel fitter after a month without sweets, alcohol, and preserved foods.”

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It wasn’t until day 25 that Sacha’s body finally stopped craving sweets. That’s when he began feeling some of the positive effects his body was experiencing.

During the last week of the experiment, Sacha noticed the extra energy he had as a result of cutting the added sugar and preservatives. He was able to get up in the morning much easier and had “energy to spare.”

“I didn’t think it would make this much difference to my physical constitution,” Sacha says.

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When it was all said and done, Sacha went back to the Sports Physician and the results spoke for themselves.

First, Sacha stepped on the scale and was amazed at how much weight he lost just from changing his diet. He was 8 lbs lighter, down to 172 lbs from 180 lbs.

On top of that, Sacha had more energy—but that wasn’t all.

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Sacha’s cholesterol was slightly high when he started the experiment, but after, it went down by eight percent.

His blood pressure also was lower, and his sugar levels weren’t near as high as they were. All in all, the month-long hiatus from sweets, alcohol, and preservatives, left Sacha’s body in a better condition after just one month without.

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To see Sacha’s journey for yourself just watch the video below!

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Source: YouTube/LifeHunters, International Diabetes Federation, LifeHunters, Instagram/Sacha Harland

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