We all know that consumption of excess sugar is unhealthy for the body and leads to a host of lifestyle diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart disease but how many of us are able to stop these sugar cravings. It has been researched that 70-80% of people have suffered from at least one sugar craving.
The reasons for sugar cravings are plenty ranging from diabetes, body dysmorphic disorder, bulimia, fatigue and hunger and the combined effects of the insulin and serotonin on the body, which create unhealthy hunger pangs. While it is of utmost importance to get rid of these sugar cravings, it is also wise to consult a doctor for any medical problems.
Ways To Curb Sugar Cravings
Eat More of Protein
Sometimes our body is seriously deprived of protein and a protein deficiency can not only lead to hunger but also a craving for something sweet. Eating enough protein in the form of fish, chicken and eggs will keep the hunger pangs at bay and leave you feeling full. You will not even feel the urge to reach for a muffin or a piece of chocolate cake as long as you are fulfilling your daily quota of protein.
Remove Sugary Snacks
If you are a hard-core sugar addict, you will need to do something more drastic. Empty out your larder and fridge of anything that is close to being sweet. This includes cookies, biscuits, sweets, chocolates, pastries etc.
When you have nothing in the house, you will have no choice but to stay off sugar. Soon your body will get used to the sugar deprivation and will not crave for it. If you still crave for something, have a few dates or figs or chew on some fennel seeds, which bring down the craving for sugar.
Boredom often makes us binge so make sure you are gainfully occupied at all times. Read a book or go for a walk. Hit the mall and hang out. Take up a hobby class or a sport, which will keep you physically fit. This will keep you suitably distracted and prevent you from grabbing a sugary snack.
Exercise increases your basal metabolic rate and reduces feelings of hunger. Once you exercise and get into a rhythm, you are less likely to binge on unhealthy sugar and more likely to eat healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables.
Exercise control over your sugar cravings by eating sugar snacks in small portions and amounts. This will fulfill your craving and leave you feeling satiated without having to gorge on unhealthy snacks.
Eat Small and Frequent Meals
Diabetics should stick to eating small, frequent and healthy meals, which will keep their sugar levels at an even keel and not make them reach out for a bag of cookies.
Most people should make healthy eating a part and parcel of their lifestyle. Combat hypoglycaemia by having a reasonably heavy breakfast and a fruity snack or juice post lunch sometime in the late afternoon. This will keep sugary cravings at bay.