Craving sugar is very normal and something a lot of you experience on a regular basis.
Most of the time when you say you crave sugar what you’re really saying is you crave refined sugars, with added fats, processed carbs and lots of calories.
Foods many people cite as their weakness for sugar include ice cream, cookies, pastries, sweet coffees.
While these do contain sugar, they also have a lot of added fats and a lot of calories as well.
There’s nothing wrong with you.
This is the leftover hardwiring from evolutionary times when these kinds of foods were rare, and needed to be gorged on as an insurance policy to keep you alive.
The problem is while we have that same hardwiring we live in times of fun abundance that are causing our modern health issues.
I’m here to tell you that sugar cravings are perfectly normal, and a lot of what is leading to these cravings, has very little to do with sugar at all, and what you can do to kick the cravings.
In this blog I’m going to give you my top 5 tips to stop struggling with sugar cravings.
Interestingly enough sleep deprivation is an actual form of stress, which only compounds all your other life stresses.
When you’re sleep deprived and under a lot of stress, you’ll be more impulsive, specifically around those tasty sugary foods that are easy to overeat.
From the evolutionary perspective being impulsive in times of high stress was good for escaping life threatening situations. That same impulsivity doesn’t help much with the doughnuts in the break room though.
Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night, and make sure you have some stress management strategies you can use when stressful times creep up on you.
Most people are walking around chronically dehydrated, I mean coffee is better than water right ami right or what ?
That chronic dehydration you’re dealing with each day is mistaken for hunger.
Because this dehydration can show up as a low grade hunger, like you need a snack shortly after eating it leads to unnecessary eating.
I’ve had multiple clients who entirely quit snacking once they drank enough water over time. Even I was blown away by that because these were both avid morning and afternoon snackers.
All we did was have them drinking 16 ounces of water right around when they would normally have their snack.
My general recommendation is to shoot for ½ your bodyweight in ounces of water, but no need to exceed a gallon.
By eating enough protein you stay fuller for longer and to be honest there are a lot of women I’ve worked with who under ate protein so much that they were looking for something else to eat.
Sound Familiar ?
A client mine named Amy used to barely eat any protein, and felt the need eat all the time. She was never full and was always looking for the next snack.
This definitely stalled out her fat loss because she was eating more than she needed for fat loss to happen.
Once I recognized this, I had her start eating a source of protein at every meal and snack.
It was like someone flipped a switch for her and she wasn’t as hungry throughout the day and naturally ate less. As a result she lost body fat!
In the long term really extreme dietary approaches tend to fall flat on their face.
Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, protein, unrefined carbs and quality fats to satisfy your hunger and stay fuller for longer.
When you try to restrict certain foods you’ll concentrate on them even more, sugar is no different.
Don’t demonize or make foods “off limits” have reasonable portions of foods you enjoy that fit into your plan and by doing this you can ditch the extreme measures that only cause a weight rebound.
This ties into the point above about eating a well balanced diet, and not being too restrictive with foods as we know there will be a bounce back effect with your cravings and weight loss.
Carbs are not bad, and they won’t make you automatically gain fat unless you eat them in excess of what you burn calorie wise.
Heavily restricting carbs for a long time can make you crave them and sugar even more.. Balance!
If you enjoy carbohydrates and want to eat them while losing body fat you can absolutely do so!
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