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Over the course of the decade-plus that I’ve worked with clients, I’ve found sugar to be the hands-down most common culprit behind heathy eating intentions going south.

Perhaps this scenario feels familiar:

You’ve been sticking with your workout regimen. Most days, your nutrition starts off strong. Breakfast is solid, lunch is prepped, and your plans for dinner are grilled chicken and salad.

Then, 4 p.m. hits — along with an energy slump, unexpected work deadline, and after-school activity chaos. And your only saving grace is your favorite vanilla latte and chocolate candy.

You consider the day a miss and intend to start again tomorrow, but before you know it, you’ve started (and re-started) again more times than you’d like to admit.

Sometimes, what we need is a targeted reset of our habits to get us back to a healthier baseline — but, especially without a proper strategy, that can be easier said than done.

Discover how one Life Time member, Sharee, used our step-by-step 10-day Sugar Fix program to accelerate her long-term plan.

Samantha McKinney | What made you want to go through the 10-day Sugar Fix program — was there anything in particular you were struggling with?

Sharee | After I hurt my foot playing tennis, I wanted to get my weight in check. I had previously done the 60day and the D.TOX program, but I continued to struggle with my consumption of sugar. I have the WORST sweet tooth. I could eat sugar all day, every day — and I did when I was recovering from my foot injury.

Any little stress, I turned to sugar. Any emotional up or down, I turned to sugar. And when I say I turned to sugar, there was no “in moderation,” but rather my intake was way overdone and in excess.

So, I decided to turn to the 10-day Sugar Fix program to try to help me. I was honestly skeptical it would work because of how addicted to sugar I was.

SM | How did you prepare for the program? Do you have any advice to help someone get started confidently from day one?

Sharee | I prepared by reading all of the program materials I received from Coach Lo in the Life Time Training app after I signed up for the program. I threw away anything in my home that had any added grams of sugar in it.

Day one was hard because I had cravings for sugar, but I followed the steps outlined in the guide on what to do if I had cravings, such as drinking water and going for a walk.

Little by little, my cravings went away with no side effects.

SM | What was your biggest learning or thing that surprised you most during Sugar Fix? And did you run into any challenges?

Sharee | The biggest thing I learned was how to look at labels and read them. I was so surprised to find out about all the hidden sugar that companies add into foods that seem “healthy.”

I ran into a challenge because I had a wedding right in the middle of the 10-day Sugar Fix. When I was there, I had the tiniest piece of cake, and I HATED it. It didn’t taste good at all and as soon as I got home, I immediately got back onto the Sugar Fix plan.

SM | Can you offer any specific tips for someone to stay on track?

Sharee | It’s not about being perfect every single day, but it’s about doing the best you can. What you put into the program is what you’ll get out of it.

I used the chat feature in the Life Time Training app and constantly talked to the coaches for advice and assistance. I also joined the Life Time Weight Loss and Training Community Facebook group to get tips and support. But most importantly, I followed the recommendations in the guide for what to do when you get a sweet tooth.

To this day, if I get a sugar craving, I ask myself first if I am thirsty, and then I go for a walk if it’s not better. I also make sure I get my protein in as the catalyst to my day every day.

SM | What was your largest takeaway from the program or result you experienced?

Sharee | My addiction to sugar is gone.

I always look at the label before I purchase any food product. I choose to stay away from sugar and am not living my life around sugar.

SM | What did you continue to do after the program — and what came next for you?

Sharee | I am always looking at labels in depth to ensure I’m not taking in any unnecessary added sugars. And if I accidentally get added sugar from meals while out to eat, I just focus on the basics of the 10-day Sugar Fix, such as hitting my daily protein goal and optimizing my water intake. I feel stronger by being able to say no to sugar. Also, the coaches have made me feel so comfortable, I can still reach out to them even though I’m done with the program.

After the 10-day Sugar Fix, I did the Fit + Focused program for six weeks. After that program, I signed up to work on a customized program with a trainer and really focused on my “why.”

Keep the conversation going.

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Samantha McKinney, RD, CPT

Samantha McKinney has been a dietitian, trainer and coach for over 10 years. At first, her interests and experience were in a highly clinical setting in the medical field, which ended up laying a strong foundation for understanding metabolism as her true passion evolved: wellness and prevention. She hasn’t looked back since and has had the honor of supporting Life Time’s members and nutrition programs in various roles since 2011.

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