I love sugar. Especially chocolate. Very few things are as euphoric to me as eating sweet foods. At my heaviest, I was drinking soda multiple times per day, dessert with every meal and more sugary treats with late night snacking. Here are some strategies I figured out to beat my cravings…
How I Reduce Sugar Cravings:
1. Eat More (Whole Food) Carbs.
I’ve found that my sugar cravings are the worst when I’m eating lower carb/ higher fat. I have found that I don’t crave (processed) sugar at all when I get at least 60% of my calories from carbs. Although I start craving savory food if I go above 75%.
2. Eat Enough.
Oftentimes my sugar cravings occur at night when I haven’t eaten much earlier in the day. For me this is usually if I eat less than 1200 calories before dinner (I usually burn between 2300-2500 calories/day).
3. Sleep Enough.
When I don’t get enough sleep I often resort to sugar/ caffeine for quick energy.
How I Prevent Myself From Giving In:
1. Don’t Keep It In the House
If I have sugary treats in the house I will eat it. I make it so I have to walk to get it, and I only allow myself to buy single servings. I don’t do moderation when it comes to sugar.
2. Eat Fruit
Oftentimes if I am tempted to go get a sweet, I eat fruit. I have found that dates are the most effective in stopping me. Since they are a dried fruit, the sweetness is more intense and I usually only eat 2 before I’ve had enough (they are 70 calories each). Grapefruit also works really well for me.
3. Drink Tea
Drinking tea with a little bit of sugar helps with curbing my cravings. I get the taste of sugar, but for a lot less calories. (1 tsp of sugar has about 15 calories.)