Why does sugar addiction form and how to defeat it?

If you are a sweet tooth, you might be suffering from guilt because of your love for sweets. You know that sweets are unhealthy and lead to weight gain. You can learn to satisfy your needs so as not to harm your health and body.

12 Steps Away From Sweets

1. First you need to cope with changes in blood sugar level and stabilize it. To do this, add complex carbohydrates to your diet. They are broken down slowly, and glucose enters the blood gradually and is gradually absorbed by the cells.

2. Eat frequently and in small portions. Three full meals and two snacks (lunch and afternoon snack) – this is the amount of meals that you should have during the day. This will help maintain blood sugar levels at a stable level as well. It is the sharp drop in blood sugar level that causes an acute attack of hunger, and especially the desire to eat something sweet.

3. Try to develop the habit of recognizing the sweet taste of foods without added sugar or at least with a reduced amount of it. For example, replace crispy muesli fried in honey with natural oatmeal, and use dried berries as a sweetener.

4. Find a useful substitute for sweets. Analyze, at what time of the day your cravings for sweets are the strongest, and always make sure that you have alternatives at hand.

5. Drink water throughout the day. Strange as it may seem, mild dehydration, which we do not feel like thirst, can manifest itself as a desire to eat something, and often this “something” is sweets, including:

  • buns,
  • marmalade,
  • caramel,
  • etc.

6. Give up coffee. Unfortunately, caffeine, just like sweet foods, also interferes with the sugar balance in the blood.

7. There are over-the-counter products, which, according to some reviews, help reduce cravings for sweets:

  • tryptophan,
  • chromium picolinate.

8. Do not deny yourself sweets completely! As you know, the forbidden fruit is sweeter 🙂 What you should focus on is that the calories allocated for a sweet dish do not exceed 150 kcal per day. It can be one lollipop or a small biscuit.

9. If you feel that you will not be able to stop after having just one piece of sweet food, try combining forbidden sweet with healthy food. For example, have a banana covered in chocolate or add a handful of nuts to a slice of chocolate.

10. Some people note that complete rejection of sweets for 48-72 hours helps get rid of the dependence completely, or at least reduce its strength.

11. Eat sweet fruits and vegetables. These combine a sweet taste (and carbohydrates) with useful fiber.

12. Exercise. It is known that the hormones of pleasure are also produced after intense physical activity, and the desire to eat a chocolate bar can disappear by itself.

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