Our brains are hardwired into thinking that sugar is bad. However, this is not true. Sugar cravings are only natural, and we can manage them with modifications in our lifestyle and eating habits. Our body’s main source of energy is glucose which comes from sugar, and that’s why sugar is essential for our body. To manage your sugar cravings, you’ll need to work on a few things.
Don’t Skip Meals
Diet culture may have led us to believe that skipping meals for a prolonged time can help us lose weight. However, staying hungry for a long time can be detrimental to your health.
When your body doesn’t get enough fuel for energy, it starts sending signals to your brain to eat things that are the most immediate sources of energy, hence sugar and carbs. Whereas if you eat regularly and provide adequate nourishment to your body, your sugar levels will stay steady and you won’t crave sugary items.
Don’t Go Too Low On Carbs
According to many experts, a low-carb diet is considered ideal for those who are looking to lose weight. Although it’s a good strategy, cutting carbs entirely out of your diet will put you in danger of wanting more carbs and sugar.
Carbohydrates are the most preferred source of energy in the human body. The best way to incorporate carbs into your daily diet is by making healthy carbs an essential part of your diet. Moreover, eat carbs that are high in fiber and other vital nutrients. Whole grains, beans, legumes, chickpeas, and sweet potatoes, are all great sources of high-quality, healthy carbs.
Eat Sugar (In Moderation)
Yes, we are asking you to eat sugar. The thing is when you put something “off-limits”, your brain starts wanting it more until one day you give in and eat all the brownies. And the next day, you start your diet again, not eating even a single bite of sugary foods, and then falling for the sugary pit again.
So instead of telling yourself that you can’t eat sugar, start eating foods that contain sugar. Over time, you’ll learn to eat only a portion of delicacies like cakes and pastries and there will be no more cravings to eat the whole cake, pie, or dessert.
The bottom line, sugar itself is not bad. We have natural sugar in more than 70% of our daily meals. And if we consume them wisely, we won’t have sugar cravings.
If you are thinking about getting a bariatric surgery or have undergone one and need help with keeping your sugar cravings at bay, we can help you with your diet and meal planning. To learn more about our services and offers, give us a call or visit our clinic anytime.