Can’t seem to take control over your non-stop cravings for sugar? Follow these easy steps to regain control and start losing weight today!
Having trouble giving up the sugar and losing the weight that has been holding you back from feeling and looking your best?
Well, when you have finally decided it is about time to put to an end your tug of war with anything sugary and sweet, you need to know right from the start that you are going to need a whole lot of help and strong discipline to take the bull by the horns and get the job done.
The truth is though, there are so many people out there just like you who really want to lose weight, improve their overall health and want to look and feel better about themselves but just can’t seem to get a grip on the sugar.
You probably seem to find it hard to control yourself, especially during times of stress, and want all too much to have just one bite of that chewy chocolate you have been craving over the whole afternoon.
Then you cave in and one piece of chocolate turns into the whole bar!
If you want to get that slim belly and look great on the beach then you know these cravings have to end once and for all.
Below are 5 ways how you can stop the sugar cravings and finally release yourself from their chains forever.
1. Don’t Rush the Process
Okay, the first thing that needs to be discussed is you cannot just go cold turkey with this.
Forcing yourself to stop immediately will feel like serious deprivation to your body.
And this will do you no good because your body will hate you for it and the problem will only seem to get worse.
In fact, trying to tackle the problem like this will only start to make you crave sweets even more.
What you should do is take it one step at a time.
The key is not deprivation but moderation.
Instead of just up and quitting the sugar habit all at once, try doing it gradually, at a slow and steady pace.
The best way to do this is to allow yourself to eat what sweets that you want but keep the serving portions cut in half.
- Step 1: So if you used to eat a whole pint of ice cream before, limit yourself to one half pint, using a small bowl.
- Step 2: Now, even better than that, and the next step in the process, instead of eating a half pint of ice cream this way, eat of bowl of fresh berries and top it with just a small scoop of ice cream.
- Step 3: And while you are successfully reducing the quantity of the sweets that you eat, start gradually reducing the frequency as well. If you are adding two teaspoons of sugar on your coffee every day, start making a conscious decision to only add the sugar to your coffee every other day.
2. Minimize or Get Rid Of the Extras
Most often, those extra little bits of sugary additions to your food are what cause your sugar consumption to go over the edge.
These “extras” could be anything from the chocolate syrup that you add to your protein shake after your workout or the extra added French Vanilla cream that you put in your coffee in the morning.
It can also be those seemingly harmless candy sprinkles that you dash on your yoghurt for lunch that make it taste so good.
The bottom line is that these little extras need to stop.
Taking the advice from the first tip that we gave you, if you are not able to stop all at once then at least reduce the amount until there comes a time that you are able to easily go without them.
3. Nix the Soda and Sport Drinks
Soda and other sweetened beverages such as the popular sports and energy drinks contain a lot of sugar and are loaded with excess calories that will make you fat.
According to SugarStacks.com, just one regular 12oz can of soda contains 140 calories and a whopping 39 grams of sugar.
But who drinks just one can of soda?
As you can see the sugar and calories can add up fast and with then, so will the fat on your belly.
And those of you who like to kink start your workout with a can of RedBull or RockStart are in for a bog surprise too.
A 16oz can of RockStar Energy Drink will load you up with 248 calories and 64g of sugar!
But the buck doesn’t stop there.
Both regular sodas AND their counterpart diet sodas are not healthy as well.
According to an article published by Dr. Mark Hyman, studies are now showing that drinking diet beverages can in fact make you fat and can cause Type 2 diabetes.
The best option when you need to quench your thirst is good old fashioned water.
Water is best for hydration and the best part is that it contains zero calories and no artificial sweeteners either.
“But water is boring” you say.
Well, to spice things up a little, a great idea is to add a slice or two of fresh organic lime or lemon.
And if you want to go all out, you could also squeeze a whole lemon into a pitcher of water and add some Stevia to sweeten the deal.
You can also opt to drink something like Green Tea, as it is considered one of the best all natural fat burning foods that gives you energy and is loaded with antioxidants.
4. Set Your Limits
As mentioned earlier, depriving yourself of all sweets right from the start is not the answer to getting over your addiction.
Moderation is and always will be the key.
So start out by setting a specific limit of up to how much of something you can have over the course of the entire week.
The best thing to do to stay focused and motivated to do this is to keep a record of all of the food you are eating every day and how much.
Then set the limit for your sweets and ration that out over the week any way that you want to.
For instance, if you want to have something like dark chocolate, then set your limit at 4 squares for the entire week.
Then all you need to do is track your progress over the week and fit it in any way that you want.
If you remained strong for the entire week then you can treat yourself and eat it all at once on Sunday, for instance.
5. Watch Your Condiments
Finishing up, here is the last tip: be careful with your choice of condiments.
There are good condiments that are great for spicing up those bland foods and then there are those pesky ones that are loaded with way too much sugar.
Making the wrong choice in the condiments that you use will negate whatever efforts you have made to avoid sugar and start getting lean.
If you are going to use something like ketchup on your meats or syrup on your flax pancakes, be sure to choose any of the sugar free alternatives that are usually geared for diabetics instead.
The best bet is to choose anything that is sweetened with Stevia, as we think that it is one of the best all natural sweeteners out there.
Or the other alternative is to make choices that are naturally sugar free such as mustard or salsa.
Adding these to your meals will go a long way with your taste buds.
All in all, just make sure that you check those food labels and avoid all forms of sugar like corn syrup, sucrose, dextrose, and molasses and the like.
Nichole Arne is a health and fitness instructor and has been working in the industry for over 15 years. She is dedicated to helping educate men and women all over the country on living a healthier lifestyle. Nichole is also a weight loss coach and loves to take on clients who have nearly given up and lost all hope on ever achieving their weight loss goals. Seeing a client’s success is what motivates her to keep on striving for faster results while developing better diet and training systems.