While it’s true that some may crave sugar for emotional reasons, most of the time your body will crave sugar when it’s missing and craving actual nutrients. The most ideal way to stop sugar cravings once and for all is to eat healthy foods indefinitely, and not just when you go on a diet to lose weight. The more you nourish your body with healthy foods, the less you’ll find that you crave sweets and sugar products. As you become healthier, you’ll also notice that you’ll start turning to other ways to ease stress, such as exercising or engaging in your favorite activity.
If you’re ready to lose weight and battle sugar cravings for good, follow these eight tips to physically get over your sugar cravings.
Most processed foods are high in sodium and sugar -- both of which will drive your body to crave additional sugar products. Alcohol and caffeine are comprised of compounds that can dehydrate your body and lead to nutritional deficiency, which in turn, can trigger sugar cravings. Continue to enjoy small portions of these foods and drink in moderation.
Drink water all throughout the day to keep your body hydrated, since dehydration is directly linked to food cravings. Soda, energy drinks, and even most fruit juices contain sugar and additives that can result in further dehydration while also driving sugar cravings.
Depriving your body of sleep can alter the hunger hormones ghrelin and leptin, which, when altered, will cause you to eat when you’re not hungry, and overeat when you’re actually eating. Maintaining an exercise routine will help regulate your sleep patterns, reduce stress, and boost your energy levels -- all of which are factors that will also help reduce sugar cravings.
Healthy fats, which are polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, will often cause you to experience a lasting feeling of fullness while also stabilizing your blood sugar levels. Examples of foods that contain healthy fats are most nuts and seeds, avocados, salmon, pastured eggs, and extra-virgin olive oil.
These spices will curb your sugar cravings while also balancing your blood sugar levels. Plus, these spices will naturally sweeten your foods and may even cause you to forget about sugar completely.
Zinc deficiency will normally lead to sugar cravings, so it’s important to eat foods that are rich in this important mineral. Zinc also has the ability to regulate blood sugar, and can be found in pastured eggs, pumpkin seeds, Brazil nuts, whole grains, and oysters.
Just like with zinc, magnesium deficiency can also drive sugar cravings. Examples of foods that are high in magnesium are avocados, nuts and seeds, dark leafy greens, and quinoa.
In addition to reducing sugar cravings and regulating blood sugar levels, chromium also regulates cholesterol levels. To increase your intake of chromium, add more apples, broccoli, sweet potatoes, pastured eggs, and whole grains to your diet.
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