December 1, 2019 9:16 am

Mary James

5 Secrets For Ending Sugar Cravings For Good

Michael Pollan professor of journalism and activist

We love salt, fat and sugar. We're hard-wired to go for those flavours. They trip our dopamine networks, which are our craving networks.

Michael Pollan ‧ Professor of journalism and activist

Refined sugar is poisonous to your body and should only be ingested in small amounts, if at all. The problem with sugar cravings is that most foods have some amount of sugar, and it is almost impossible to avoid eating this substance some each day.

Did you know that sugar and processed foods are considered as addictive as heroin or cocaine? Knowing effective ways to decrease your sugar cravings can allow you to have better health and to decrease inflammation in the body.

#1. Reach For Fruit

One way to get some sugar in your body it craves without eating the bad kind is by eating fruit. This will allow you to get a natural source of sugar and is one of the best ways to help you satisfy your craving without eating processed sugar.

Consider eating apples, oranges, pears or any other type of fruit that can be easily got from your local grocery store or farmer’s market. It’s a good idea to keep a stock of these healthy goodies in your frig for easy access.

Secrets For Ending Sugar Cravings For Good

FACT: Refined sugar and sweeteners are poisonous to your body and should only be ingested in small amounts, if at all.

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#2. Take A Hot Shower

Some people who experience sugar cravings have found that hot showers or baths provide relief. The water must be hot - not so hot that you burn your skin but hot enough that it’s on the verge of feeling uncomfortable.

Let the water run over your back and shoulders so that it heats you up. Stay there at least 5 to 10 minutes. By the time you step out of the shower, you are likely to have a 'dazed' feeling, as if you've been sitting in a sauna for a long time. At that point, your craving will most likely be gone.

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#3. Exercise Or Walk Outside

Go for a walk or join the gym to help you get moving. Exercising daily is a great way for you to combat sugar cravings and allow you to avoid eating this chemical. It’s a great idea to set a time each day for your exercise and stick to doing it.

You may find once you get into a routine that comprises moving more, your body will simply not crave this substance as it once did. Additionally, there are many other great health benefits of exercise, too.

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FACT: Exercising daily is a great way for you to combat sugar cravings and allow you to avoid eating this chemical. 

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#4. Eat Regularly Filling Meal

It’s important not to avoid any meals if you want to reduce your sugar cravings. Your body needs food to help it refuel, and this means you should eat regularly. Be sure not to skip breakfast, lunch, or dinner if you want to get through the day without craving sugar.

It’s much better for your overall health and body to eat a meal regularly than to skip any if you want to limit sugar cravings for good. Once your system gets used to three meals a day, you will want to be sure to stick with this schedule for better health.

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#5. Limit Your Portions

You may want to consider having a small amount of sugar in your daily diet rather than a large portion at a time. Consider eating a mini-sized candy bar, rather than a huge piece of cake or a huge candy bar.

You are sure to reap the benefits of eating fewer calories and reducing the number of your cravings at the same time by doing this. It’s much better to give in to a craving just a little bit rather than a lot.

The Bottom Line

Staying away from sugar is one of the best things you can do for your body. Overindulging in this substance over time can cause some serious health problems, which include obesity, diabetes, and others that can lead to fatalities if left untreated.

Sugar cravings are very common, especially among women. Keep in mind, giving in to a craving will just feed the addiction. If you manage to resist, the cravings will get weaker over time and eventually disappear.

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FAQ

WHAT DEFICIENCY CAUSES SUGAR CRAVINGS?

Magnesium is used in the regulation of glucose, insulin, and the neurotransmitter dopamine; a deficiency can manifest in the form of intense sugar cravings, especially for chocolate. We need zinc for proper insulin and glucose utilization; a deficiency can also lead to sugar cravings.

WHAT IS CRAVING SWEETS A SYMPTOM OF?

Often, the craving is for foods high in sugar and fats, which can make maintaining a healthful diet difficult. Food cravings are caused by the regions of the brain that are responsible for memory, pleasure, and reward. An imbalance of hormones, such as leptin and serotonin, can also cause food cravings.

HOW LONG DO SUGAR CRAVINGS LAST (AKA WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS)?

Withdrawal symptoms can last from a few days to two weeks. The longer your body goes without sugar, the less intense your symptoms and cravings for sugar will be. You may find that your symptoms are worse at certain times of the day, such as between meals.

WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BODY WHEN YOU GIVE UP SUGAR?

What happens to your body and brain when you stop eating sugar? Eating a lot of refined, added sugars can lead to headaches, low energy levels, and inflammation. Cutting sugar out of your diet will likely decrease inflammation, boost your energy levels, and improve your ability to focus.

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About the Author Mary James


I am passionate about fitness, a healthy lifestyle, cooking, and well-being. This blog is about some of my thoughts that are occupying my mind and spirit daily over the last 10 years and my grand passion – weight loss and fitness, healthy lifestyle and healthy food, mindfulness and self-improvement.

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