- Get in Touch with the Majority : The planet we live on is roughly 70% water. The bodies that get us around are roughly 60% water. It’s time that you got the clue and joined up with the majority! One of the best ways to curb sugar cravings and cravings in general is to drink more water. If you’re drinking around 8 cups of water per day, then you’ll be able to stave off some of those cravings.
- Include more Protein and Fiber : Eating foods higher in protein and higher in fiber is a great way to avoid those sugar cravings. First and foremost, proteins take longer to break down in your body. This means that you will not be plagued by actual physical hunger for longer. And as far as fiber goes – foods high in fiber contain a lot of bulk, so a little goes a long way in filling you up. (And fiber benefits are great in any diet.)
- Go the Complex Route : Unlike simple carbs which break down quickly and cause you to crash and crave, complex carbohydrates, like found in whole grains and in most vegetables, will take a log longer to break down in your system. This means your energy levels will stay balanced, and this means you won’t be experiencing that crash and crave effect.
- Don’t Skip Out : When we skip meals, we have a habit of trying to make it up by overindulging. Skipping breakfast will probably leave you snacking and eating and eating and snacking throughout the day, and a lot of that might be on foods with sugar. By eating a healthy breakfast, you can suppress those sugar cravings naturally.
How Sugar Cravings Work?
If you were to go a full week without eating a candy bar, odds are great that, come week two, you wouldn’t crave a candy bar. However, if you were to eat a candy bar right now, the odds are even greater that you would be craving another one in an hour or so.
Why does this even make sense? Well, it all has to do with the sugar in that candy bar and the affect it has once it enters into your body.
Once you ingest that candy bar and your body breaks it down, those simple sugars are instantly devoured by your system, sending a massive parade of little sugar molecules throughout your blood stream and causing your energy to quickly (and very briefly) spike.
After this brief burst is over, however, your body is left wanting. You’re beginning to fall down in the dumps, and now you’re craving something else to pick you up again – hence the need for another candy bar!
All simple carbohydrates have this affect on your body, and all are basically bad for you.
As a rule, you should never ingest more than one serving of a simple carbohydrate per day. I know; that’s a heck of a lot harder than it sounds. Just for sugar alone (in the form of syrups more often than not), we’re talking about hundreds if not thousands of food items and drink choices, including:
- Snack cakes
- Sweetened dairy products (yogurt, ice cream, etc)
- Canned soups and stews
- Tomato sauces
- Breakfast cereals
- Freezer meals
- James and jellies
- Salad dressings
- And so many more items
And that’s only for sugar! We haven’t even broached the processed/refined flour products yet. We’re talking about another list with potentially hundreds of entries.
In order to curb your cravings for sugars, the first thing you have to do is avoid these sugary items. Sure, you might go through a little withdraw, especially if someone sits down beside you eating ice cream from a bucket. But the first step in any craving-curbing plan is to avoid eating sugary items
The next step that will help you is to use these tips in order to help suppress those cravings further.