It's no secret, but it's worth repeating: Too much added sugar ain't good for ya. In fact, recent research has revealed that America's love affair with all things syrupy is not only making us fat, but may even be killing us. And I don't know about you, but as much as I love a good from-the-oven cookie (or five), overdoing the sweet stuff just isn't worth my life.
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No, you don't have to give up buttercream on your birthday to stay healthy, but if you want to look and feel your best, you do need to be in control of your sugar cravings, not the other way around. That way, you can indulge on the special occasions of your choosing, but you're no longer a slave to the office cupcakes that, let's be honest, are really just a welcome distraction from your out-of-control inbox.
Want to show that pastry plate who's boss? Follow these 8 rules for sugar-free success, from The Sugar Smart Diet: