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5 natural ways to stop your sugar cravings

Removing all sugar from their diet is one of the first things most people do when they’re trying to lose weight.

Updated: December 6, 2020
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By MBL Featured Blogger: Karen Eisenbraun
Originally Posted: September 30, 2020

Sugar Cravings | Excess sugar consumption leads to weight gain mainly because it turns fatty acids into triglycerides — which eventually convert to fat.

Sugar also leads to an increase in your body’s insulin levels and causes fluctuations in the hunger hormones known as leptin and ghrelin — which are responsible for controlling your appetite.

Unfortunately, because sugar has an adverse effect on your body’s hormones, it can be difficult to kick sugar out of your diet for good — especially if you feel as if you’ve become addicted to sugar and crave desserts and other junk foods. Weight-loss surgery patients are also usually advised by their surgeons and nutritionists not to consume excess sugar, or to consume small amounts of sugar in moderation.

If you’re ready to lose weight and become healthier, follow these five tips to stop your sugar cravings for good in a safe and natural manner.

1. Prepare your own homemade salad dressings

Most commercial salad dressings sold at your local grocery store contain sugar, additives, and an excessive amount of calories per serving that could hinder, rather than help, your weight-loss progress. Even dressings labeled as “fat-free” and “low-fat” substitute healthier ingredients with those that are less nutritious. Make your own healthy salad dressings at home using olive oil and your favorite seasonings.

2. Consume whole fruit instead of fruit-flavored snacks

Stop eating fruit-flavored snacks and packaged fruit that contain additives, and start eating more fresh, whole fruits. Many fruit snacks, juices, and packaged fruits contain sugar and other additives meant to enhance the flavor, but fresh, whole fruits are just as flavorful and far healthier. Grab a banana or apple to eat on the go instead of grabbing a pack of dried fruit sprinkled with sugar or fruit-flavored desserts.

 

3. Prepare your own pasta sauce

If you read the ingredients on jars of commercial pasta sauces, you’ll notice that most contain unnecessary preservatives and ingredients such as salt and sugar. Making your own pasta sauce at home is relatively easy and far healthier. Chop up and puree several tomatoes, then put them in a pot to simmer on the stove along with garlic, olive oil, and your favorite seasonings.

4. Eliminate breakfast cereal from your diet

For many decades now, breakfast cereal has been the go-to morning food for most Americans. Unfortunately, most breakfast cereals — including those advertised as being healthy and vitamin-fortified — still contain an excessive amount of sugar. Eliminate breakfast cereal from your diet completely, and eat a variety of other healthy foods that are just as quick and convenient. Eat whole fruits such as berries and bananas along with hard-boiled eggs and plain yogurt.

5. Prepare your own homemade trail mix

Read the ingredients on a bag of trail mix at the grocery store and you’ll find that it most likely contains sugar, which is highly unnecessary for what’s usually considered a healthy snack. Instead of buying prepared trail mix, buy separate bags of almonds, peanuts, sesame seeds, walnuts, and your other favorite nuts that lack any added sugar. Then, instead of sweetening your mix with chocolate chips, sweeten your trail mix naturally with dried cranberries or raisins.

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Karen Eisenbraun is a certified holistic nutrition consultant and writer with a background in digital marketing. She has written extensively on the topics of nutrition and holistic health for many leading websites.

Karen received her nutrition certification from the American College of Healthcare Sciences in 2012. She follows a ketogenic diet and practices intermittent fasting. Karen advocates a whole foods approach to nutrition and believes in empowering yourself with information that allows you to make smarter decisions about your health.

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