Top 5 Tips on How to Banish Sugar Cravings
Sugar cravings are especially annoying when you are struggling to lose weight or control your diet. It can distract you from your work, and make you feel like you are fighting against your body. One way or another it’s a chemical process, and we can use scientific methods to nip it in the bud.
Why does it happen?
There is a number of reasons why our body craves for sugar, but generally it is caused by different hormones and neurochemicals. For example, in stressful situations, your body needs more serotonin. Serotonin is responsible for impulsive behaviors like sexual needs, appetite and pain perception. To cut the chemical equations short, when you eat carbohydrates, your body creates more serotonin. So when serotonin levels drop, our brain asks for sweets. Then, there is the brain’s natural fix, endorphin. Its production is also triggered by sweets, but it can also be released during physical exercise or sex.
1. Boost Your Protein
There is no better source of fuel for your body. In many cases when you think you need something sweet, in fact you need protein. This is why the first meal in the morning should be rich in protein. The energy it packs burns at a slower rate than sugar which means that it will get you longer through the day. Some of the best protein sources include seafood, white meat, dairy products, eggs, while vegetarians can get their supply from eating soybeans and nuts.
2. Eat Regularly
In any case, eating small servings of food several times a day is better than having one grand meal. Such pattern keeps your blood sugar levels stable, without peaks and lows, which eliminates cravings. Five smaller meals a day combined with two snacks are optimal for steady energy supply from dawn till dusk. If you make a meal schedule, you need to stick to it, because cravings are often a result of irregularly timed meals.
3. Drink Water With Water
Similarly with protein, sometimes when you think that you need sugar, you may in fact be dehydrated and really crave water. If you don’t like the idea of drinking a plain H2O, you can try one of healthy anti-cravings recipes: add the half a lemon juice and 5 drops of Stevia into a glass of water and make a Body Ecology Lemonade. Alternatively, drink a plenty of green tea x50, which is also good for losing weight, in addition to stopping sugar cravings.
4. Exercise up
Physical exercise increases your serotonin levels and releases endorphin, both of which make you feel great afterwards. Instead of satisfying your cravings with sweets get sweaty and the reward won’t miss out. For every personality type there is a type of exercise that matches it. While some will prefer walking and jogging, others are more inclined to music and will choose dancing. Yoga and martial arts, on the other hand, are perfect for people who want to master their body and fully perfect the way it moves.
5. Have enough rest
Unfortunately, modern way of life leaves us with much less sleep than our body needs to function properly. What happens next is that we grab a chocolate bar or an energy drink when we are tired, instead of finding time to rest. However, carbohydrates work only in the short term, leaving you more tired than before. If you cannot afford a regular sleep, just lie down and take a nap.
There are many more effective alternatives to fighting sugar cravings than indulging in sweets. The sugar crisis can be prevented by eating right food or tricking your mind with exercise or relaxing.
Mathews McGarry is passionate about many forms of strength training, and spent years lifting, dragging and flipping all manner of heavy objects. After graduating from the Faculty of Health Sciences, he started writing about his experiences, and sharing tips for better life at highstylife.com and other health blogs. Follow him on Twitter.