How to stop eating sweets and stop sugar cravings?
Eating sweets is the most common problem while trying to lose weight and stay in shape. People tend to eat sweets while they are bored watching TV or to satisfy their emotional hunger. It is also very common that we tend to eat sweets and junk food at night. We feel hungry and in need of energy so we think that having a processed chocolate bar or cookies is a good idea. Unfortunately, after munching highly processed and full of sugar foods you will feel more tired and sleepy than before. Eating a meal full of carbohydrates with lack of proteins and fats, will make you feel full for a short-term only. It is very tricky while you try to lose weight because then you will eat even more.
Sugar’s addictive. Get back the control of your life
Sugar addiction is a dangerous thing though. Sweets release serotonin that makes you feel good and high. These endorphins are very enjoyable and that is what makes eating sugar a problem. People get easily addicted to sugar. The researchers agree that sugar is an addicting drug. The research made by students at Connecticut College in 2013 shows that dependence with Oreo cookies and rats. Oreos activate even more neurons in the pleasure center of the rats’ brains than infamous cocaine or morphine do.
– Our research supports the theory that high-fat/ high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do. It may explain why some people can’t resist these foods despite the fact that they know they are bad for them. – says Joseph Schroeder, an assistant professor of neuroscience at Connecticut College.
Fortunately, the sugar habit can be broken. Your body will be really thankful for clearing it from absorption of processed sugars. You will become more productive and you will sleep better. Quitting sugar cravings instantly might be challenging but very releasing. It will clear your mind and you will get back the power of your life.
How to stop eating sugar?
Sugar detox. First steps
You can start the journey of quitting sugar by taking small steps. Try to eat just a little of what you crave. It might be 2-3 pieces of your favorite chocolate, a candy bar or anything which is in reach od 150-200 kcal. It might very hard though. People usually tend to eat the whole thing, like the pack of cookies or the whole chocolate bar, in one sitting so you need to be very motivated.
Stop buying sweets
The most clever and helpful thing you can do while quitting sugar is to stop having sweets at home. It is a lot easier to eat anything when it is in reach of your hands. Quitting buying the sweet stuff and having it at home (like the emergency shelf) is very important when you want to change your life and become healthy. The first 2-3 days might be hard but later day by day it will become much easier. You won’t even notice when you won’t be feeling like eating anything sweet again.
Eating the right foods while quitting sugar
Take care of your diet and eat balanced and nutritious foods. Drink also a plenty of water to not be dehydrated. Our body very often mistakes hunger with dehydration. If you feel hungry, try to drink a glass or two of water and wait 10-15 minutes. If you still feel hungry, you should eat something then. Eat also regularly and keep your blood sugar stable, on the same level all day long. See what eating schedule works best for you.
Check also the labels on foods like yogurt, ready to go oatmeals, healthy sweets, cereals and more. Unfortunately, very often the first thing written down as their ingredient is sugar. Companies try to cheat on their customers trying to market their foods as healthy but never trust these tricks. Then you will not even notice how much sugar you really eat daily and it might be shocking. It is allowed to eat maximum of 20-25 grams of sugar per day. Do the math.
Walk away sugar detox
When you feel like eating something sweet, go for a walk. It will not only make you feel good about yourself and you will speed up your metabolism but your body will be more oxygenated. You will also feel powerful about yourself that you can take care of your health and fight with your bad habits.
Written by Monika Mozgala
I’m Monika Mozgala, the founder, and editor of The Blonde Taste. My main purpose is to write practical articles that will be useful for people interested in fitness, lifestyle and beauty. I’ve spent couple years in the US where I also finished high school. The last 6 years I’ve spent working as an editor for many editorial offices in Poland, including SHAPE Poland Deputy-in-Chief position and head of it’s digital version. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up here or on my Instagram.