People who have problems with their weight often complain of cravings for sugar, feeling hungry, and feeling out of control while eating. These cravings make it difficult to stop eating sweets and control food intake.
Cravings for sugar are inconceivable and cannot be attributed to a lack of willpower! Carbohydrates and sugars are addicting and can be toxic to the body, leading to chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. There are many possible causes of carbohydrate cravings including: hypoglycemia, lack of sleep, dehydration, intestinal infections, problems with the adrenal system, poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, insulin resistance, and problems with dopamine.
In particular, insulin resistance can cause carbohydrate cravings because when the cells become insulin resistant, sugar cannot penetrate the cells to produce energy that causes us to eat more sugar. When we eat sugary foods, the brain also releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine. Dopamine controls the reward and pleasure centers in the brain. When we eat a lot of sugar, the dopamine receptors become less sensitive, and therefore we need to eat more sugar to get the same pleasant sensations. This becomes a cycle that creates sugar addiction, like addiction to certain drugs.
To reduce sugar cravings, it is important to change our diet. Food intake should be high in fiber, protein, and healthy fats. It’s also important to stay hydrated as dehydration often mimics the signs of hunger and creates cravings. Simple sugars and carbohydrates should be eliminated and replaced with whole foods.
Many people experience side effects when removing sugar from their diet, including headaches, nausea, anxiety, depression, hunger, gas, fatigue, chills, and diarrhea. If cutting out sugary turkey is too difficult, try it gradually. First, use a natural sugar sweetener in place of sugar. Next, try to remove juices and sweetened drinks as you consume them. After that, replace processed sugary foods with fiber-filled whole foods like fruit. While it may seem difficult, having less sugar in your diet will make you feel better. Your body will thank you!
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