7 Tips to Stop Those Sugar Cravings
Crush those sugar cravings once and for all! Here are my 7 tips to stop your sugar cravings.
1 – Eat Breakfast
Several studies have shown that those people who eat a healthy breakfast crave less sugars, sweets and unhealthy treats during the day. And when you combine this tip with number 2 below, you will be even more successful in controlling those sugar cravings.
2 – Get Protein with Every Snack or Meal
The smartest way to eat is to have 5 or 6 meals and snacks spread out across your day. And every time you eat you should include protein, whether you are sitting down to a regular meal or just enjoying a quick snack. Protein helps stabilize your blood sugar, and you suffer less sugar cravings.
3 – Reinvent Your Community
Any big change in your life is made easier when you have like-minded individuals along the ride or that support you on your journey. You probably know someone else that is going through something similar so get them involved as a support system, and you can help support each other.
4 – Try to Forget About Weight Loss
You are going to naturally lose unhealthy weight and fat when you begin to control your sugar cravings. However, this should not be your mind-set. Focus mentally on your sugar addiction only. Your brain works at its natural best when it directs all of its mental energy on one task at a time. Once you have a healthy relationship with sugar, then you can worry about any extra weight loss you want to attempt.
5 – Cut Yourself Some Slack
Since your brain absolutely loves sugar, you are probably going to succumb to your sugar addiction several times when you are attempting to control your cravings. Do not beat yourself up mentally. Just start over with more determination, and reward yourself when you see that you are doing well.
6 – Get Lots of Saffron
Saffron (Crocus sativus) is a spice that is excellent at eliminating sweet cravings. Nutrition Research found that snacking between meals was reduced by an amazing 55% when test subjects took a saffron extract.
7 – Understand That Diet Sodas Can Increase Sugar Cravings
Diet sodas and protein bars that advertise as “low sugar” or “sugar-free” often use aspartame, Nutrasweet, Splenda or some other artificial sweetener to replace sugar. Studies shown that a single can of diet soda causes your risk for obesity to go up 41%. Contrary to popular belief, diet sodas can actually cause a sugar craving.