How I Beat My Sugar Cravings

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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.)

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