Craving sugar? Here are five ways to stop it! 

Sugar cravings affect many of us. To resist them it is important to have motivation. Your motivation can be different: the desire to lose weight, to get in shape, to cope with thrush, or simply to set a good example for your children. The main thing is that you should have this motivation, and it should be personal, and not imposed from the outside.

It is also helpful to think about the problems that arise from excessive sugar consumption. Sweets are not only associated with delicious cakes and pastries, but also with several diseases and problems, including dental problems, acne, infertility, certain types of cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Ironically, too much sugar (which many people use to “eat” bad moods) can lead to depression, mood swings, fatigue, and memory loss. It also affects the occurrence of osteoporosis, and visual impairment, and can lead to kidney disease. You hardly need a better reason to eat less “pure” sugar.

How to combat craving for sweets

Understanding the reasons why a craving for sweets develops is enough to eliminate the source of the sugar addiction. This alone can seriously ease the task of combating an unhealthy eating habit. But how do you stop wanting to eat sweets when your taste buds, already accustomed to these foods, are constantly transmitting signals to your brain that “food has become tasteless” and “you need more sugar”? Here are some tips which help you against your sweet tooth:

  1. Give up sweets, but not pleasure

Often we suffer not from a lack of sugar in our diet, but from a lack of favorite flavors. But chocolate, vanilla, cappuccino, cream, and many other fillers are available in diet and sports nutrition products. You can choose your favorite flavor and make sure that the craving for sweets has become quite tolerable.

  1. Start with small changes

Our bodies are used to very large doses of sugar, and abruptly abandoning your usual style of eating causes acute feelings. The most typical are severe headaches, irritability, and loss of energy, all against a background of unambiguous brain signals – “have a chocolate bar and you’ll feel better in a jiffy.”

Therefore, the advice of professionals is not even trying to eliminate all sweets from the menu at once. Start with the idea that causes you the least anxiety: for example, reduce the number of desserts, instead of banning yourself from them. Start with encouraging yourself not with dessert, but with gambling on or something else. 

  1.  Reduce your sugar consumption in steps

Trying to give up sweets once and for all is a sure way to a bad mood and subsequent breakdown. Especially if you are used to eating a lot of sweets and have tried to get rid of the bad habit more than once. Try to use 3-7-day cycles. In the first cycle, it is enough to eliminate carbonated sugary drinks. After a few days, when you feel that this loss is no longer acutely felt, start drinking tea or coffee without adding sugar. And so, step by step, you will very soon surely forget about unhealthy sweets. 

  1.  Eat sweets only at the right times

If it is still difficult for you to radically give up sweets, then the optimal time for its consumption – is the first half of the day or the period before or after physical activity. But it is not recommended to eat sweets at night. This is not only because of possible weight problems, but also because it is harmful to the nervous system: sweets have a stimulating effect on the body.

  1. Drink less coffee and more water

If you are trying to give up sugar, you should reduce your coffee intake by up to one cup a day.  Caffeine dramatically lowers your body fluid levels and increases cravings for sweets – and now it’s impossible to drink coffee and not eat it with a sweet candy or cookie. Do not do so.

And drink more water: being dehydrated, especially after physical activity, provokes cravings for sweets. A simple drinking regime helps not to reach for sugar: a person needs about 30 ml of clean water for each kilogram of weight, and these liters should be taken gradually, without waiting for thirst.

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