Easy Ways to Reduce Sugar Cravings
By Sara Butler
Sugar sure does taste good – too bad that it’s terrible for you! From time to time, you’d probably sell some of your possessions to get your hands on some sugar-laden food. Those cravings can be tough to beat sometimes! The key to reducing sugar cravings is to eat less of it, so you have to find a way to work through it and reduce the amount of sugar you eat on a daily basis. Sure, you can go cold turkey but when was the last time that worked? For a less restrictive approach, try one of these easy ways to reduce your sugar cravings!
You should be drinking water every day anyway but in case you needed a reason to drink more you should know it’ll help you to get your sugar craving under control. Dehydration can often mask itself as hunger because it makes it difficult for the body to fully utilize its energy stores. When your body can’t access these stores, then your cravings will increase for quick sources of energy such as sugar.
To get more water and stay hydrated, you should:
- Drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day
- Drink a glass of water next time you crave sugar
Reduce Artificial Sweeteners
A study from Yale in 2013 suggested that the brain isn’t really fooled by artificial sweeteners in food and drink. The brain will get a greater reward from the real stuff as opposed to the fake stuff, so opting for a lower sugar snack isn’t going to help your cravings – it may make them worse!
Try laying off the imposters by:
- Cutting out diet soda
- Using half the amount of artificial sweeteners you normally do in your beverages, slowly cutting back over time
Gradually Eat Less Sugar
As previously stated, going cold turkey won’t set you up for success. Instead, try to gradually reduce the amount of sugar you have over time. It may take you a bit longer to tell a difference in your cravings, but it will work eventually! Make two or three little changes every few days and you will notice a big difference!
Ideas to help you cut back on the sugar include:
- Drinking coffee black
- Pre-portion sweets
- Mix plain yogurt in with sweetened
- Dilute juice or soda with water
- Pair sweets with nutritious foods
- Reduce sugar in recipes by a one-third or one-half
Remember, when trying to reduce sugar in your life, you need to take baby steps toward success!
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