Everyone suffers from sugar cravings!
Our sugar cravings stem from simply not enough protein and vegetables in a day. Our body has a set point of protein it requires per day and until we hit that point we constantly crave. Invariably the first thing we crave is something sweet.
Follow these four primary tips to get on top of your sugar cravings:
Consider the TIMING of your meals; start the day with a breakfast that is NOT sugary. You want to aim to eat every three to four hours including protein and vegetable with each meal and snack. We usually see weight gain from incorrect timing because our metabolism slows down and we start to store food as a safety mechanism to have a ‘reserve’ knowing a ‘famine’ is ahead. Fasting for numerous hours can lead to you becoming over hungry and then of course craving easy, convenient, unhealthy options!
TYPE of intake. Protein is the prioritised Macronutrient to prevent and treat sugar cravings, thereafter choose natural, high fibre carbohydrates that provide long lasting energy and stable moods, for example Low GI rather than fast releasing high GI sugary carbs.
VEGETABLES are the other key tactic due to their low-calorie content and high activation of digestive enzymes that increase metabolism. Aim to freely include a variety of predominantly green vegetables throughout the day to counter sugar cravings and maintain low blood sugar levels. satisfy our cravings and still maintain calorie control.
SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT. It’s hard to stay strict when you are constantly surrounded by temptations. Eat before going out so you can feel satisfied first and then just join in by snacking on something small.
Mark Robinson (Health Man Mark) is an Accredited Practising Dietician with a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics and Bachelors in Exercise Science and Psychology.
He has developed a collection of healthy recipes to complement your training and help stave off the sugar cravings available on the Strong Body app. Find out more.