5 Simple Steps to End Your Sugar Cravings and Lose Weight
Written by: melissa - Nov. 29, 2017
We all know that sugar cravings and consuming excessive amounts of sugar has several negative effects on our health. Excess sugar turns into body fat, and has been linked to obesity, cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, among others.
But not all sugars are created equal. Naturally occurring sugar in fruits, vegetables are okay, but added sugar removed from their original source and “ADDED” to foods, are the types we need to worry about.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends no more than 9 teaspoons (38 grams) of added sugar per day for men, and 6 teaspoons (25 grams) per day for women. But the reality is that The average American consumes about 152 pounds of sugar a year. That’s roughly 22 teaspoons every day for every person in America.
Sugar cravings are real because it’s addicting! In fact, it is eight times as addictive as cocaine!
We tend to think that added sugar is mainly found in sweet treats like donuts, cookies, and cakes, but it’s also hiding in places you wouldn’t expect–in pasta sauce, bread, dressings, and even health foods like yogurts and granola bars– making your sugar cravings even worse. You’d be surprised to know that manufacturers add sugar to 74% of packaged foods sold in supermarkets. So, even if you skip dessert, you may still be consuming more added sugar than you should.
So with all the sugar around us, it seems IMPOSSIBLE to detoxify your life from sugar. But with these 5 simple steps, it can be done.
1. Rid your house of sugar!
Out of sight, out of mind! Make anything with added sugar inaccessible. Take a look at your pantry and your fridge and get rid of anything with added sugars in it. Take a look at the labels of your food products– added sugar has so many different names!
If you don’t have the time or energy to read through all the nutrition labels (who does?!), the easiest way to clean up your pantry is to get rid of anything packaged, canned, or pre-cooked. You’d be surprised at what items of food have sugar — even potato chips have added sugar!
Be strong and push through the sugar cravings
You will experience an adjustment period, you will crave the sugary treats you love–but not for long! Over time your taste buds will adjust and your cravings will go away…which brings us to step 2…
2. Fill your pantry with the good stuff!
There’s no reason to avoid the sugar that is naturally present in whole foods. Fruits and vegetables naturally contain small amounts of sugar, but they also contain fiber, vitamins and nutrients. They’re filling and tasty!
Go for non-starchy veggies such as greens, cauliflower, kale, asparagus, green beans, mushrooms, onions, zucchini, tomatoes, fennel, eggplant, artichokes, and peppers. And if you want something sweet, go for fresh berries and the lower-sugar fruits like apples, pears, and plums. If you’re always armed with healthy whole foods, you will always have something to ease your cravings when they hit!
3. Don’t drink your sugar
Sugar in liquid form is even worse for you than sugar in pastries because it goes almost immediately into your bloodstream. Plus, you don’t feel full, so you eat more all day and you crave more sugar and carbs. It’s also the single biggest source of sugar calories in our diet. One 20-ounce soda has 15 teaspoons of sugar. Instead, drink water, unsweetened fresh greens drinks or SkinnyFit Detox – it has a natural sweetness that helps curb your cravings and gives your body an infusion of superfoods and boosts your metabolism too.
4. Reduce stress
There’s a reason why stress makes many people reach for the junk food. Stress raises your cortisol level, causing hunger and stimulating fat storage at the same time! When you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a break and do this: Simply take five slow deep breaths in to the count of five, out to the count of five. Five times. That’s it. Getting less sleep also drives sugar and carb cravings by affecting your appetite hormones, so get enough zzzs–who doesn’t want more of that?!
SkinnyFit ZzzTox helps you get better quality rest and sleep by naturally calming your body and mind. It helps you fight stress-induced weight gain and helps you fight bloating!
5. Be consistent
Commit to doing this detox and stick with it! It may be difficult in the first few days, but believe me, it will pay off! You’ll feel healthier, more energized, and you might even lose those extra pounds!
But also don’t beat yourself up if you slip up from time to time. Just shake it off, and keep going!
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