13 Ways to Fight Sugar Cravings
Sweet tooth raging out of control? Here's how to tame those sugar cravings.
How to Stop Sugar Cravings: 5 Tips for the Long Term
One of the best ways to manage sugar cravings is to stop them before they
start. To help you do that:
- Skip artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners may sound like a
great idea, but "they don’t lessen cravings for sugar and haven’t demonstrated
a positive effect on our obesity epidemic," says Grotto, author of 101 Foods
That Could Save Your Life.
- Reward yourself for successfully managing sugar cravings. Your
reward could be large or small. Remember why you’re working on it and
then reward yourself for each successful step.
- Slow down. For one week, focus on your sugar cravings and think
about what you’re eating, suggests Chambers. Diet mayhem often results from
lack of planning. So slow down, plan, "and eat what you intend to eat, instead
of eating when you’re desperate," Chambers says.
- Get support. Many people turn to sweet foods when they're stressed,
depressed, or angry. But food doesn't solve emotional issues. Consider
whether emotions are involved in your sugar cravings and whether you need help
to find other solutions to those emotional problems.
- Mix it up. You may need more than one strategy to thwart sugar
cravings. One week you may find success with one tactic, and another week calls
for an alternative approach. What’s important is to “have a ‘bag of tricks’ to
try,” Gerbstadt tells WebMD. To tame sugar cravings, you really need to "figure
out what works for you," Neville says.
Lastly, go easy on yourself. It may take time to get a handle on your
sugar cravings. "It’s difficult to shift any system -- whether it’s the world
economy or your eating," Chambers says.