YouTuber Brandon William regularly makes videos in which he sets himself some kind of health or fitness challenge, like doing 100 pullups every day, or spending a month recreating the training regime from the hit anime One Punch Man. Earlier this year, he decided to cut sugar out of his diet for 30 days, hoping to lose some fat and see some improvement in his acne.
It doesn’t take long for him to hit a wall by the end of Day 1: “I’m already struggling here,” he says. “I’m tired, I have a headache.” Over the next couple of days, however, he begins to feel better. “I don’t have many cravings, but that’s probably because I’m staying busy so I don’t have time to think about sweets or junk,” he says on Day 4.
The cravings kick in at around Day 6, and intensify as the month progresses, and so William ups his workouts in an attempt to distract himself. He also manages to stick to a healthy diet throughout, to the point that, by the end of the 30 days, he says he doesn’t miss candy any more.
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At the start of the challenge, William weighs 148 pounds, and at the end of the 30 days he has dropped to 143 pounds, and notices that his physique is looking a little leaner and more defined. The results for his skin, however, are more moderate. “The last two weeks I was eating yogurt and dairy, which does cause inflammation and breakouts,” he admits. “So although my face did significantly reduce in redness, I do still have some acne.”
The main benefits that William takes away from his 30 sugar-free days actually relate to rest, energy, and focus.
“My sleep improved, I started sleeping like a baby, I didn’t wake up during the night and I slept all the way through until morning; When I ate sweets and junk, I noticed I would wake up in the night,” he says. “My energy also levels were up… Another thing I noticed was my brain became more sharp; I was able to calculate things faster, my brain fog went away.”
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