Are you a sugar addict?
Well you aren’t alone! This is an issue which at least 90% of my clients report problems with, and no it isn’t just those who are overweight!
We all know sugar isn’t good for us so why do we crave it so much?
Well, when you eat sugar it is absorbed as energy very quickly. In fact, if you had 100 calories in sugar and 100 calories in fat – the sugar would be absorbed a lot quicker than the fat. This causes your sugar levels to spike and gives you a boost of energy, great right?
Not really no…because your body LOVES balance and so this energy spike is shortly followed by a dip as your body tries to regain control.
So where does the addiction come in? – if you have sugar frequently then your body will start to think of it as an energy source. Every time you have the dip after the boost your body will crave MORE sugar in order to get another boost =ADDICTION.
So how do we stop the addiction?
- Ensure you get 8 hours sleep a night- tiredness will cause cravings
- Opt for sugar free options – to prevent your body getting used to huge sugar hits like in coke/lemonade/fanta
- Have balanced meals- there is no point in skipping carbs at lunch to feel so hungry in the afternoon that you end up going for a slice of cake
- Get a water bottle- it doesn’t have to be water in it (as long as it isn’t alcohol or sugar) but it is a great way to keep on tract) – Aim for 2L a day
- Keep a food, mood, fluid and sleep diary for 1 week- this will start to show patterns of when you are having your sugary foods. For instance – are you always having something sugar on the days where you didn’t drink enough?
If you live near Manchester and would like more personalised advice around sugar addictions – please contact me (Dietitian Kirsten) via mobile: 07827817013 or email on email@example.com
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