How to Stop Sugar Cravings

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A freshly glazed doughnut can feel as if you are falling in love and coming home to a pack of unopened cookies feels like it’s your birthday. Why is that? Sugar cravings is a real thing! There’s something about sugar that hooks us and keeps reeling us in again and again.  Whether we like it or not sugar has a major hold on us and keeps you away from true Fat Loss.

If you’re reading this it’s highly likely you understand, and have first-hand experience, of this problem. It even seems like this little monster inside you wakes up when you are trying to wind down for the day. There is no such thing as stopping after “just one.” I mean, if one is good, more is better. At least that’s what it feels like with the sweet tooth that wakes up after you just had “one.”

There are many reasons for our sugar cravings. pleasure-seeking brain circuits. It’s like a reward to your body. Maybe this was instilled to us as kids. When we behaved good we got treats and when we didn’t, well you guessed it, nothing! intestinal parasites, mineral deficiencies, malnutrition, habitual behavior, unbalanced diets, too much salt, buried emotional issues, lack of sleep, stress… just to name a few. We know sugar is not good for us, but knowing isn’t enough to change us. If knowing was enough we would all be winning gold medals and gold stars in every area of our life. If anything, knowing just makes it feel worse.  We know better so why aren’t we doing better? Knowing becomes just another reason for us to feel bad about ourselves.

The next step to knowing is to try and do something about it. We take matters into our own hands and attempt to turn our sugar-loving switch from on to off. You know this is not a painless process, and just when you feel you’re making ground something happens like a night out or “just this one time” to throw you off and you’re back to the sugar cravings, transforming into Cookie Monster looking for cookies.

 

When anyone decides to target their sugar dependency, they attack the sugar itself, they clear the pantry, empty the house of all products and declare sugar the enemy. And this is fine… except how many times has this actually worked for the long haul? When you create an action plan like this, you’re a few steps too far ahead and facing the wrong direction. Ee don’t address what’s really happening.

 

Focus on the target and the true problem, not the side-effect of the problem. Sugar cravings are the side-effect, they’re the symptom of the real problem, and treating symptoms never makes the problem resolve. The only way to create true, long- standing change is to address the root cause…. otherwise you’re just wasting your time and prepping yourself for another future sugar-binge. The Bing can be in a day or a week.

What is the root cause of sugar cravings?

Leptin resistance. Leptin is a hormone in your body that helps regulate energy levels and it’s the hormone that stops you from feeling hungry all the time.  You can read more about leptin here.  When leptin resistance occurs in our body we have a malfunctioning system. This malfunction will produce troublesome symptoms. Not only does leptin resistance increase hunger but it creates cravings! That’s a recipe for disaster! Not only will you be hungry but you’ll go after the worst foods imaginable…

How to “fix” sugar cravings?

If you want to see real movement and change you’ll need to target leptin resistance and do something to “fix” it. Here are 4 ways to battle lepton resistance.

  1. Regulate your sleeping. You should really try to sleep the same amount fo hours at the same time of the day. I know this one can be the most difficult but will give you the biggest results to controlling your leptin levels.
  2. Skip the Late night Meal. Eating late has been associated with higher leptin levels.
  3. Adding a Supplement: The quickest way to control this can be with a supplement like this one. Remember, it’s a supplement, meaning, it’s an addition to all the other good habits you are trying to control.
  4. Add protein and fat. Adding large amount of protein and fats compared to sugars will dramatically decrease levels of leptin. This is to be done for a period of time. Usually in a programmed meal plan.

 

You may think what the heck is wrong with me and blaming everything when you reach for the next set of cookies… everything but leptin resistance. Hormones play a bigger role when it comes to your sugar cravings than you may think. If you need a meal plan that is specific to you and cuts all the sugars and carbs click below:

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