If you have a sweet tooth then you know the daily struggle of resisting sweets or the consequences of giving in. Studies have shown that sugar is as addicting as cocaine, so the more sugar you eat the more you’re going to crave. Stopping your sweet tooth doesn’t mean that you’ll never eat sugar again. The things you should stop eating, or at least limiting, is how much added sugar you’re consuming. So how do you do that? Start slowly and follow these tips on how to kick your sweet tooth to the curb.
- Eat Whole Foods
- Replace Sugar With Protein
- Add Healthy Fats to Your Diet
- Keep Healthy & Hearty Snacks on Hand
- Read Labels
- Take it Slow
There’s a difference between natural sugar and added sugar. Natural sugar is most commonly found in fruits but those fruits also contain fiber and other nutrients that are good for you. When sugar is eaten with fiber, vitamins, and other nutrients is slows down the digestion and the flow of sugar into your bloodstream. So if you need a pick-me-up in the afternoon, eat an apple instead of drinking a soda.
A lot of people end up eating more carbs when they try to cut out sugar. But protein is one of the best ways to stabilize your blood sugar levels. When a meal has a lot of protein it can actually slow down the absorption of sugar and help you kick your sugar cravings.
Healthy fats are great for when you’re cutting out sugars. Your body burns sugar first and then turns to fats. So if you are cutting out sugar, then it will start burning fat instead resulting in weight-loss. And to top it all off, when your body gets used to using fat for energy, it reduces your cravings for sugar. Some healthy fats you can add to your diet are avocados, fatty fish, nuts, seeds, and leafy greens.
If your sugar cravings come out of nowhere, have a set “dessert” you can go to in order to satisfy that craving. This could be fruit drizzled with dark chocolate, peanut butter and honey protein balls, or frozen grapes. Make sure there is very little sugar but enough sweetness to get of rid of your sweet tooth.
You may think that cutting out baked goods and ice cream is enough but unfortunately it’s not. Added sugar hides in most items on the market right now. Read labels and know how much sugar you’re consuming every day. Women should consume no more than 25 grams of sugar a day and men should consume no more than 37.5 grams of sugar a day. Download a calorie tracker app to make it easy to know how much sugar you’ve consumed in a day.
Doing all of these things will help you kick your sweet tooth to the curb, but it needs to be done slowly. Going cold turkey is setting yourself up for failure. If you eat sweets every day, cut it back to every other day, then slowly to once a week. Once you get to once a month, you may not crave them all at.
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