Sugar Addiction: How Sugar in Moderation Can Sabotage Weight Loss

You’ve heard it…I know you have.

The worst advice—ever!

Doctors say it.
Nutritionists say it.
Personal trainers say it.

Click on the video to see how this one piece of advice may be sabotaging your weight loss goals.

P.S. I also reveal the most disgusting thing I’ve ever done with food.
It’s not pretty. I’m embarrassed by it.

But it’s important to share because if you struggle like me I want you to know you’re not alone.

Video Transcript

Hey it’s Mariah from and today we’re talking about the phrase that sends shivers down my spine.

Everything in Moderation


Here’s the deal.

“Everything in Moderation” doesn’t work for addicts. If it did, they wouldn’t be addicts!

The food we consume, especially sugar, acts like a drug. It triggers many of the same physiological responses and has the same addictive effects as things we traditionally classify as “drugs”. Sugar doesn’t carry the same stigma as things like alcohol, nicotine, prescription and street drugs.

What we consume has the ability to enact massive changes in our bodies. Diseases like diabetes and cancer have been cured by changes in diet. On the other hand, diet can cause those same diseases.

The human body does use sugar as fuel. It’s the excessive consumption of refined sugar that’s causing us problems.

Sugar isn’t just for cookies anymore, it’s in your 100% whole wheat bread, your probiotic yogurt, and even your “light” salad dressing.

There are many people that eat healthy, but little do they know they’re still consuming too much sugar.

Today’s studies now claim that sugar may be just as addictive as cocaine. 

So if you’re a sugar addict you can’t have just one cookie. Or one piece of candy, right? Because if you do, you’ll start tearing the house apart like a Tazmanian devil scrounging for more.

I can say this because I’m the biggest sugar addict I’ve ever known. I know how it feels. Just one taste of sugar and I tear the house down looking for more.

If you’ve read my book you know I’ve gone as far as pulling cake out of the garbage and eating it. Eeeeewwww!

Now does that sound like somebody who has a healthy relationship with sugar?


It means I can’t have it. My body just can’t handle it.

Look at it this way…

Would you ever dream of saying to an alcoholic, “Come on, you can have just one drink.”

Of course not, right? Alcoholics, smokers, cocaine addicts can’t have just one. It sets off an avalanche of addiction once again.

If you’re one of the lucky ones who has no food addictions, then the motto everything in moderation may work fine for you.

But if you struggle with physical and psychological food addictions, and you know who you are because you didn’t bat an eyelash when I told you I pulled cake out of the garbage, “everything in moderation” is the worst advice.

Because you’ll never. Get. Ahead.

I don’t think we ever really conquer addictions. I think we learn to manage them. Just because I don’t eat sugar anymore, doesn’t mean that I’m no longer a sugar addict. All it would take is a couple bites of cake or a snack sized candy bar to send me screaming into our local bakery.

If you struggle with sugar addiction, PLEASE let me know in the comments below so that I know I’m not alone. And while you’re there, give me your best tip on staying the course.

Cheers to your health,





  1. Jess Brown

    Hi Mariah!

    Great video! I completely agree with you about everything in moderation. I struggle with food addiction and knowi should stay away from sugar, but I haven’t figured out how to do it yet. I can last a few days, but I always end up giving in. 🙁

    I’ve heard of other people eating junk food from the garbage. Too funny. I haven’t done it….yet!

    That’s for the awesome video.

    • Mariah Dolan

      Hi Jess,

      Thanks so much for your comment. It makes me feel less alone. So many people have true food addictions but we don’t treat it as such since food is legal and natural. We need to eat to live, right?

      But it really is addictive and so everything in moderation doesn’t work with addicts whether it’s narcotics, nicotine, cocaine, and yes, sugar!

      Glad you haven’t resorted to eating food out of the garbage 😉 Definitely not my proudest moment, but I wanted to share that to show how powerful sugar is. As soon as my sugar “high” started to vanish, I needed more. Oy!

      My goal is to have control over this within the next three months. I’ll keep you posted on my progress. And you do the same, okay? We got this!

  2. Janet Malone

    So true!!! Moderation does not work for me when it comes to certain foods. I was just talking with a friend about the importance of not bringing “the Enemy” into the house. I can tell myself all I want in the store that the “ice cream” or “chips” are a special treat FOR the Kiddos, but when I get home and it’s there, I can’t say NO…..

    • Mariah Dolan

      Thanks so much for your comment, Janet. I knew I wasn’t alone!

      I feel the same. I can’t have sugary foods in the house otherwise I fixate on them. I’m hoping after 3 months of being sugar free, sugar will lose it’s power over me since my body will have an all new “chemistry” by then. I’ll keep you posted on whether or not this happens 🙂

  3. Joy

    I think that shunning “everything in moderation” is great in theory but quite difficult in reality. Kids have birthdays, grandparents have candy, neighbors have wine. I find it challenging to tell my kids they can never have sugar and impossible to enforce. Just as I find it difficult to cut out wine. I find it much easier (read: lazy) to teach them to eat sugar in moderation. Have a piece of cake at the party; go ahead eat a piece of candy at grandmas. As parents, we model moderation by having wine some but not all nights. We have pizza (the bad kind-wheat crust and cow cheese) a couple times a month. Overall, most of our food is healthy but we do indulge in treats, moderately.

    You are an inspiration to all of us for being able to raise your family without sugar. I would love for you to share your practices-how do you find the energy to keep your kids sugar free? Are you afraid of demonizing food and what that may do to their attitudes around food? What does this look like in reality?

    And yes, I too, have eaten food out of the garbage. You are not alone. I despise wasting food and I’ve taken plates out of the garbage to finish off whatever wasn’t eaten. I am always that mom that finishes my kid’s plates. I know the ridiculousness of that but I have a hard time throwing food in the garbage.

    • Mariah Dolan

      Hi Joy,

      In the video I was only referring to myself. My kids are not sugar-free, so my apologies if I wasn’t clear about that.

      I agree with you on all counts referring to kids. I teach them that sugar isn’t good for them so we don’t keep it in the house. They are certainly welcome to have birthday cake at parties, candy at Grammy and Papa’s house etc. So right now our motto is balance. I want them to learn that sugar is a treat and not to be consumed daily. Hope that clears things up 🙂

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