Stop Craving Sugar Using These 16 Proven Methods!
Craving sugar occasionally is completely natural to a certain degree. However, if you indulge in sweets too often, your weight is bound to be negatively affected. Fructose is often added to many foods on the market, especially processed foods. In many cases they are hidden so you need to get used to checking labels.
Sugar has no nutritional value so it’s best to consume minimal amounts. Each gram of sugar contains four calories. Many desserts contain the most calories that you'll eat in an entire day. They may also contain trans fats or unhealthy amounts of saturated fats.
Sugar is also added to many foods you’d never suspect as high fructose corn syrup! The main problem is that foods enriched with sugar can add up calories very quickly, which is a deal breaker for anyone trying to slim down.
Giving up sugar completely may not be in the cards for you but if you’re serious about weight loss, you may have to give it up anyway. It all depends on how strong your addictions are and your present weight.
Why do people have sugar cravings? Psychological addictions and habits are some of the most basic reasons for craving sugar but there may be other reasons. If your seratonin levels are low, (brain chemical that helps you feel happy and content) eating sugar helps boost the absorption of tryptophan, which in turn boosts seratonin. In this case, eating a brownie for example, makes you feel good!
However, there are many things in life that make you feel good without adding extra calories. Try these easy sugar free options next time you’re craving sugar!
16 Proven Methods to Stop Craving Sugar for Good!
As expected, sugary drinks help elevate cravings three fold. The more you drink, the more you’ll want. Instead, try kicking your cravings by drinking water, which is the only way to really quench your thirst.
Brush your teeth first, then drink a full glass of water! Most toothpastes are mint flavored, which can decrease your need for a sweet treat almost instantly. Filling up on water helps wash sugar cravings out of your mouth.
Craving sugar only lasts for about an hour. After that, your urges should greatly diminish. If you can push through that hour and take your mind off what you've got a hankering for, cravings will go away on their own.
People who eat a high carb diet are bound to crave sugar on an ongoing basis. Why? Eating too many carbs causes your body to release too much insulin. Shortly thereafter, your blood sugar crashes (called hypoglycemia) which makes you feel irritable, shaky, or even dizzy. To offset the imbalance, you start craving sugar like crazy.
The only way to stop craving sugar is to eat a low carb diet to normalize blood sugar all through the day. Once you get off of carbs, you should stop craving sugar. However, if you start eating high carbs again, the cycle will ensue.
When taken regularly, some vitamins and minerals can help regulate blood sugar levels and control sugar cravings. Vitamin B complex, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and vitamin E are all help to curb sugar intake. There are also a few minerals that can help curb your sweet tooth. They are magnesium, zinc, and chromium picolinate.
Going for a brisk walk can help get your mind off of food and will boost seratonin levels naturally. Walking increases circulation to the brain, which helps boost your mood and regulate brain chemicals without reaching for a chocolate bar.
Get the word NEVER out of your vocabulary. If you’re overweight and have vowed to never let sugar pass your lips again, you are going to drive yourself nuts! Never say never. Instead, moderate your sugar intake and get real. Everyone slips up every now and then and most everyone deserves a treat occasionally. The key is always moderation.
How often do you get sugar cravings in the later in the day? This crash in energy is associated with late afternoon fatigue and it’s a real problem for many sleep-deprived, overworked people. A better idea is to eat small meals throughout the day to help stabilize blood glucose levels naturally.
To curb craving sugar, try sucking on a small mint or jelly bean instead of reaching for a cupcake. Reason this works? Even small amounts of sugar trigger feel good endorphins instantly, which may help satisfy your sweet tooth.
Remember what grandma taught you.
Many times, salt and sugar cravings go hand in hand. You may crave them because both trigger the release of feel good seratonins. However, some of your cravings may be associated with an acquired taste for them. Since sugar and salt are added to most processed foods, you may just be use to getting more of them, which can increase cravings.
Eating more plant nutrients can help decrease addictions.
If you’re cold and craving sweets, try wrapping up in a thick blanket. Your body requires more energy when you're chilled to either 1) keep you warm or 2) warm you up. If you’re not eating regular meals, your blood sugar can drop in response to your body burning more energy.
Have a soothing cup of hot tea or coffee but use stevia instead of aspartame or sugar to flavor it. You can also grow Stevia at home like I do. Just place one leaf in your hot beverage (or on your tongue) and you'll fight your craving naturally! Mint leaves work well too!
The herb gymnema is native to the tropical forests of southern and central India where it has been used as a natural treatment for diabetes for 2000 years. Gymnema can also be placed on your tongue to reduce the taste of sugar, which helps fight craving sugar.
Try substituting sweet treats with foods that contain lots of natural sugars. Sweet potatoes, sweet corn, carrots, raisins, prunes, grapes, apples, kiwi, and watermelon flood your body with natural sugars and help satiate a sweet tooth.
When you’re craving sugar, sometimes a bit of salt will work instead! Try a handful of lightly salted nuts, lightly salted popcorn, or some celery sticks sprinkled with sea salt.
Alternately, you can try eating something sour, like a lemon slice. Or make a glass of lemon water to help squash cravings and eliminate toxins.
If you get hungry an hour after eating a large meal, think about a sizzling steak instead. Cravings for sweets can be caused by too little protein in your diet. Eating more lean protein instead of sugar is a great way to help curve cravings for sweets and not worry as much about the calories.
There just aren't many people who don't have sugar cravings at some time during their life. Moderation is always the key, especially if you're trying to lose weight, or just stay on track with your present weight. Sugary treats are abundant all through the year, so the best advice to curb a sweet tooth is to remember who's running the show!
Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.
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