This low-sugar diet will curb your sweet tooth, kick-start weight loss and make you look years younger in four weeks. What's not to love? 

Celebs like Kate Hudson all swear by the benefits of a low-sugar diet – but have you tried it yet?

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A spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down, but new research has found it can pile on years, too. A recent scientific study found that those with higher blood sugar levels looked older than those with low blood sugar.

kate-hudson-low-sugar-dietKate Hudson’s youthful complexion, fab figure, and mane of healthy blonde hair can all be down to her simple low-sugar diet – so what are you waiting for?

On this diet you’re even allowed pasta, steak and a glass of wine. How good is that! Here’s how you can give it a go…

The rules:

Cut down on spicy and salty foods – there are 5 taste receptors in the mouth – sweet, salty, sour, savoury and bitter – that ensures our diet is balanced. When we have too much of one, we crave another, so limit spicy and salty foods to avoid sugar cravings.

Do avoid sugar overload – added sugar, like in tea and coffee, should not exceed more than 10 percent of your daily calories. If you’re on a diet of 1,200 calories, only 120 should account for sugar – that’s just 6tsp!

Do watch labels – If sugar is listed in the first three ingredients on the food label, step away because it will definitely be high in sugar

The low-sugar diet…

To drink
> Tea and coffee with artificial sweetener
> Diet drinks – up to 3 per day
> Low-cal hot chocolate with skimmed milk
> Water

Snacks
If you feel extra peckish, pick one of these healthy snacks:
> Handful of almonds
> 1 apple
> 3 baby carrots and a little homous dip

Day 1 –

Breakfast
1tbsp sugar-free backed beans with 2 rashers grilled bacon and a poached egg

Lunch
200ml vegetable or lentil soup. Serve with mixed salad topped with 100g grilled chicken strips and oil and vinegar dressing

Dinner
1 chicken breast spread with a little green pesto wrapped in a slice of Parma ham and roasted. Serve with 2tbsp carrots, 2tbsp peas and 1tbsp single cream and tarragon sauce

Day 2 –

Breakfast
1 shredded Wheat with a cup of skimmed milk and a sprinkling of flaked almonds

Lunch
Mediterranean cod backed with 1 can low-sugar tinned tomatoes, peppers and garlic. Serve with carrots and butter beans

Dinner
Small plateful of whole wheat pasta salad with 80g tin of tuna, 1dsp mayonnaise and chopped peppers

Day 3 –

Breakfast
30g porridge made with skimmed milk (no sugar) and 1 boiled egg

Lunch
½ avocado filled with 1tbsp tuna in spring water, drained, 1tbsp mayonnaise and green salad

Dinner
Grilled fillet steak with mushrooms, tomatoes and a baked sweet potato

Day 4 –

Breakfast
1 bagel spread with half-fat cream cheese

Lunch
Low-fat beef or lamb burger, grilled, served with mixed salad and no added sugar sweetcorn

Dinner
Seafood stir-fry with prawns, scallops, cod, etc., with 2tbsp single cream. Serve with 3tbsp brown rice and green salad

Day 5 –

Breakfast
2 slices granary toast, lightly buttered, topped with 2tbsp low-sugar tinned tomatoes

Lunch
100g cold chicken and salad with a little lemon mayonnaise in a tortilla wrap

Dinner
4tbsp mixed vegetable chilli with or without beef mince, served with 3tbsp brown rice

Day 6 –

Breakfast
1 cup toasted muesli with skimmed milk and 1tbsp plain yogurt

Lunch
Granary sandwich filled with Brie and grapes

Dinner
Small slice Stilton and broccoli quiche, served with cooked vegetables or salad

Day 7 –

Breakfast
Breakfast smoothie – 1 banana, 6 almonds, 1tbsp oatmeal and 300ml skimmed or soya milk

Lunch
Small bowl of carrot, spinach or vegetable soup with a small granary roll and butter

Dinner
180g cooked weight tagliatelle (whole wheat is best) with 50g smoked salmon and 1tbsp crème fraice. Serve with spinach and watercress salad, with mustard vinaigrette dressing

Cheat day
Have one cheat day a week to allow for 1-2 glasses of alcohol and extra portions with any of the above meals