How to Break Your Sugar Habit: 7 Tips.

sugar addictionMmmm…. Sugar.

According to experts, sweet is the first taste that humans prefer from birth. But it’s also extremely addictive. In fact, one study found that sugar is more addictive than cocaine.

Unfortunately, eating too much sugar can result in weight gain, metabolic disorders (a precursor to diabetes) and even some forms of cancer. In other words, it’s not good – and most of us are getting way more sugar than the recommended daily limit.

Breaking a sugar habit isn’t easy. But it’s possible. And these tips will help:

  1. Eat a little, not a lot. When wanting to indulge in something sweat or sugary, just have a few bites. A Cornell study found that eating a few bites satisfies cravings as much as larger portions. When it comes to sugary foods, think portions of 100 calories or less.
  2. Wait it out. Cravings come and go; most last only a few minutes. Distract yourself for 10 minutes by reading a book, calling a friend or watching Davey Wavey Fitness YouTube videos.
  3. Work it out. Better than waiting out cravings, engage in exercise – even if it’s just a short walk. In fact, one study found that chocolate cravings dropped significantly after physical exercise.
  4. Satisfy your sweet tooth with fruit. Unlike eating candy or chocolates, fruits are packed with essential nutrients; in addition to satisfying your sweet tooth, you’ll load up on vitamins, minerals and fiber. I keep frozen, unsweetened cherries in my freezer for this very purpose. One or two cherries totally does the trick. Try bananas, apples, berries or anything else!
  5. Eat regular meals. Skipping breakfast, lunch or dinner can result in unstable blood sugar levels and irrational cravings. Keep your blood sugar in check by eating regular meals and by favoring complex carbohydrates over simple carbohydrates (think brown rice and wheat bread over white rice and white bread).
  6. Don’t replace sugar with artificial sweeteners. While artificial sweeteners may cut out the calories, they still feed your sugar addiction and they elevate your risk for obesity. Artificial sweeteners are not the answer!
  7. Find a substitute. If you have a habit of eating dessert after dinner, replace your sugary dessert with something healthier. Instead, you may decide to opt for a soothing cup of tea.

If you have any tips for kicking your sugar habit, please share them in the comments below!

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Comments

  1. Try xylitol as a good sugar replacement. It also fight cavities. 🙂

  2. I just decided one day I wanted to cut sweets out altogether. So I did. Haven’t touched sugar since (2 years).

  3. This reminds me a lot of the SciShow about sugar, the many “forms” that exist, and benefits and downfalls of them. Thanks for posting this. 🙂

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  5. Great suggestions. That after dinner dessert always gets me. The ‘eat a little’ tip is probably my favorite.

  6. Unsweetened cherries?! Why on earth would they be sweetened to begin with!

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  7. Just stopped drinking soda a couple of weeks ago… replaced it with carbonated mineral water, which i’ll soon be able to replace with water… lime or lemon in it helps it feel like the crap I’d been addicted to for so many years.

    Also dumped potatoes and stuff like that – only eat a little bit of bad carbs, replaced rice with bulgur and lentils boiled in chicken stock… lots of fibre, lots of protein…

    Such a long way to go, for me, as far as weight loss goes, though.

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