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Results & Discussion 1) Hypothesis If I consume less sugars (independent variable), I will experience less stress and it will help my amount of anxiety reduce, as measured Perceived Stress Scale (dependent variable). 2) Results Stress has been a big problem in many lives and is a bigger issue than what most people make up of it. It is something that I have dealt with all of my life as well as everyone else, especially college students. However, during recent years I have noticed it worsening due to the added stress from college as well as my worsening diet.I believe college not only increased my stress because of midterms and a different setting but also because of food accessibility. Such as, on campus there is an abundance of fast food places and vending machines rather than healthier alternatives. This resulted in me consuming mostly high in sugar foods, which I believe was a cause for my increase in stress. Before starting this experiment I was very skeptical as to whether or not me decreasing the amount of sugar I consumed in a day would actually have any effect on my stress levels. I assumed it would affect other parts of my body, such as weight and and my energy level. After starting the experiment and changing my diet I felt better and had more energy, however I did not notice a big change in my stress levels. My feelings were justified after I took the Perceived Stress Scale for the first time since starting the experiment, which kind of discouraged me. My PSS value hardly decreased, but I later realized this was probably due the fact that I was under a lot more stress during this week then usual due to midterms and essays. In the following weeks my PSS value started to decrease more drastically which gave me a boost of motivation. I quickly began to feel this improvement in my stress and began to feel better and was in a better head space. Even though I did falter a couple of times during the weeks I still consumed a lot less sugar which was very evident in not only my Perceived Stress Scale Value, but also in my energy levels. Now that I have finished this experiment I am in a much better place and have lost a total of 6 points in my PSS value.
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3) Discussion My hypothesis stated that I believe that my stress levels and my sugar intake are directly related to each other. From this principle I concluded that if I stopped consuming as much sugar my stress would in turn decrease as well. The research articles I read
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