When I talk to people who are looking to eat healthier and bring a more nutritious regime into their life, one of the things I hear the most is: how can I curb my sugar cravings?
Sugar cravings are often the main reason why people struggle to lose weight. Fructose, for example, chemically changes the way in which your brain reacts to the consumption of food. Your brain resists leptin, the protein that regulates energy intake and output, which prevents your body from being able to keep your appetite in check.
The result? You’ll often keep eating without realizing you’re full.
So, how can you curb your sugar cravings? Here are three easy ways to do just that.
1. Choose Fruit Over Refined Sugar Snacks
While fruit still has sugar in it, it’s the good kind of sugar (not the refined, highly processed stuff) that your body can process easily. When you have a craving for something sweet, grab your favorite fruit or toss together a fruit plate.
While it may not fully replace that cupcake you’re dying to eat, your brain and palette will be appeased enough to get you through the craving.
2. Get Moving
We often experience cravings when we’re at rest and our minds are free to wander. When you find yourself thinking about all of the sweet stuff you want to consume, get up and get moving!
Go for a walk or a run and get that heart rate up and you’ll find that your desire for the sweet treat will be quickly replaced with that rush of endorphins post-workout.
3. Eat Healthy, Whole Foods Regularly
Cravings often come from a place of lack — our bodies are often trying to communicate that it needs something but if we have unhealthy habits, that can often mean reaching for the snack foods.
To curb your cravings, eat healthy, whole foods often. This will keep your metabolism high and your cravings at bay, which will prevent you from wanting to snack.
I’d love to hear from you!
What are your best tips on curbing your cravings? How do you steer clear of the sugary snacks while not feeling completely deprived? Leave your advice in the comments below.