How to Stop Sugar Cravings in 7 Easy Steps

Sugar cravings may look like a joke to someone who never felt them, but they are real. The good news is that there is no need to panic, follow these easy steps and it is sure that you will be able to stop them.

We don’t call it a treat for nothing. People who have boring, uninteresting and untasty diet tend to develop sugar cravings. It is like compensating for all the other food that we find boring. Allowing our blood sugar to drop too low is another reason.

Hormonal disbalance can also cause food cravings. The important thing to know it that you can be allowed an occasional treat, but you can’t let it become a habit. And if it already is one, here’s how to stop it.

1. Eat Natural Sugars

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That means every time you want to reach for a candy bar, you eat an apple instead. Or some other fruit. You will get the sugar you need, but you will be getting it from natural sources.

2. Take Small Steps

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If you eat a desert after every meal, cut back to a desert per day. After one week, lower that number to three per week. Than to one per week. It is not necessary for you to never have another desert for the rest of your life, but you can allow yourself to eat just the amount of sugar that won’t get you addicted again.

3. Never Get too Hungry

When you starve your self with some crazy diet, or you simply forget to eat for half a day, your blood sugar drops significantly. The symptoms are dizziness, headaches, feeling weak and tired. Your organism will react to such a crisis by telling you to eat sugar, which is the quickest way to regain strength.

Avoid these kinds of situations by eating healthy and on a regular basis. And if you do get into a situation like this, try to think about some other kind of food that will fulfill the need. Again, a piece of fruit is a good option.

4. Exercise

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Whether you want to reduce your sugar intake to lose weight or just because you know it is the healthy thing to do, exercise is always a good option. Plus, some observances have shown that athletes do not crave sugar as much, and that after their workout they prefer salty foods.

5. Pamper Yourself

Well, it can’t be a rocky road all the way. If you really, really need to have something sweet, make it as decadent as possible. Don’t just pick up a huge bowl of ice-cream and work your way trough it. It will leave you feeling terrible afterwards. Take something really expensive and hedonistic, and take it in small amounts. Trade quantity for quality.

6. Drink a Lot of Water

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Sometimes our body can’t tell hunger from thirst. If you are one step away from giving into temptation, make yourself drink a big glass of water first, and then wait for five minutes. This way you will be sure that you are not eating just out of habit.

7. Cold Turkey

The best method for getting rid of any habit is to stop it right now. Get rid of all the temptations in the house, all the candy bars and stuff like that. The cravings will be the worse in the first 24 to 48 hours, just like with any other addiction. Don’t give in. And even if you do, never give up and don’t let yourself get disappointed and fall into old patterns. Remember, relapse is a natural thing, and it does not mean the end.

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