How to Go Sugar-Free for a Week Straight Without Hating Your Life

I am not exaggerating when I say that giving up sugar for 30 days was the best dietary overhaul I've ever tried. I say this not just because it gave my energy and focus an unrivaled boost, all but cured my insomnia, and even gave me a peek at abs for the first time in, um, ever—but mainly because it was doable. So doable that once my 30-day goal was up, I kept going. I felt that great.

And maybe it shouldn't have been surprising, given that many scientists and experts denote sugar as the single-most destructive (and addictive) ingredient in the average modern diet. Most Americans eat more sugar in one year than our ancestors did in their entire lifetimes—and that's because it's everywhere.

"Because there are over 50 different names give to sugars, it can make it even harder when reading food labels to determine what foods actually contain added sugar," explains Emily Maguire, a UK-based nutritionist.

Prepackaged salsa, bread, you name it—chances are, it contains extra sugar, which means even the healthiest among us might not even be aware that we're addicted. And that's why cutting it out entirely was like the breath of fresh air for my entire body and mind that I didn't even know I needed.

I asked Maguire and psychologist and nutritionist Candice Seti, PsyD, to help devise a weeklong plan, which you'll find below—and best of all, we're inviting you to share your progress and any questions you have along the way. Get all the details below.