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Apr
19

Are Sugar cravings ruining your diet?

ARE SUGAR CRAVINGS PREVENTING YOU FROM REACHING YOUR GOALS?

Sugar can be a dieter’s worst nightmare.  Those uncontrollable cravings that often strike mid-afternoon can ruin all the good done throughout the day.

If you’ve found that munching sugary snacks just makes you crave more sugary snacks, you’re not alone. Eating lots of simple carbohydrates — without the backup of proteins or fats — can quickly satisfy hunger and give your body a short-term energy boost, but they almost as quickly leave you famished again and craving more.

Sugar …

  • Often immediately stores in the body as fat, leading to weight gain and obesity
  • Communicates with your brain making you crave sweet foods that leads to overeating and weight gain
  • Causes blood sugar spikes, increasing insulin levels in the blood and could lead to diabetes

So it important to find ways to beat those cravings and control sugar intake so that we can improve our wellbeing, live a healthy life and achieve our goals.

Here are some tips to help you:

  • Check food labels. Often low fat foods are full of sugars, remember to check before you buy.
  • Remove temptations. Go through your refrigerator and food pantry. Get rid of the cakes, ice cream, cookies, etc. When you go food shopping, make a conscious effort not to buy sweets.
  • Exercise when you crave sweet things.  The brain will release endorphins resulting in the same “effect” reducing those cravings.  So why not rather take a walk around the block or do something to take your mind off the food you’re craving.
  • Skip artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners may sound like a great idea, but “they don’t lessen cravings for sugar.  Don’t get into the habit of adding sweeteners.  Train the body to do without – just a few days without and the body will no longer crave the extra sugars.
  • Get support. Many people turn to sweet foods when they’re stressed, depressed, or angry. But food doesn’t solve emotional issues. Consider whether emotions are involved in your sugar cravings and whether you need help to find other solutions to those emotional problems.
  • Improve your diet overall.  Contact a professional for assistance.
  • Don’t skip meals.  This could allow blood sugar levels to drop resulting in cravings.
  • Grab some gum. If you want to avoid giving in to a sugar craving completely, try chewing a stick of gum.  Research has shown that chewing gum can reduce food cravings
  • Reach for fruit. Keep fruit handy for when sugar cravings hit. You’ll get fiber and nutrients along with some sweetness.

Many people suffer cravings for sweets. The causes of these cravings can vary widely, but chief among them are hormonal imbalances of insulin and serotonin, unhealthy dieting, adrenal fatigue, eating disorders, and even premenstrual syndrome.  To fully combat the root cause of your sugar cravings you will need to consult a professional to help guide you to replace these “bad” habits with new healthy habits.

The best thing you can do is maintain a healthy diet like the TLC-Program.

To find out more about curbing those cravings and eating correctly with a TLC-Program book a Free Assessment at www.tlcforwellbeing.com

*These tips and guidelines provide general information endorsed by our experts at time of publication. They are not intended to take the place of medical advice. Please seek advice from a qualified health care professional.

1 comment

  1. kebabonye mavele boitshwarelo says:

    I would like to know wether is true honey does not act as a sugar and can not increase fatness to the body? Please answer me to my email above?

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