Posted On 11 Jun 2010
The way to stop sugar cravings is to break your addiction to carbohydrates.
When digested, all carbohydrates become sugar. Consuming carbohydrates can spike your blood sugar levels, which overstimulates insulin release. Insulin is the chief fat-storing hormone.
We live in an age when obesity, type II diabetes, heart disease, and the other diseases of civilization are epidemic. We’ve been taught to consume carbohydrates instead of fats, which has had the result that we and our children are fatter than ever!
Without realizing it, many of us have become addicted to carbohydrates.
All carbohydrate consumption is unnecessary. The minimum daily requirement for carbs is zero!
Our bodies respond to sugar with inflammation. Chronic carbohydrate consumption can create chronic, subclinical inflammation, which speeds up aging and precipitates age-related diseases.
Want to slow your rate of aging? Cut carb consumption.
As soon as we realize we are addicted and try to break the addiction, we begin to suffer withdrawal symptoms such as headaches and cravings. What should we do?
The best way to stop sugar cravings is to eliminate or dramatically limit carbohydrate consumption, which means 25 grams or less daily. This is less than one-tenth of what most Americans consume.
(It’s best to get those carbs from low-carb [preferably organic] vegetables.)
The good news is that the cravings will dramatically diminish in 72 hours or less as your body switches from burning sugar to burning fat. If you are skeptical about that, why not find out for yourself?
As soon as your sugar cravings stop or dramatically diminish, you may be astounded to find yourself liberated from desires for candy, chocolate, pastries, bread, and pasta. Hey, freedom feels good, doesn’t it? It feels better than the taste of any food. This may be the most important benefit of learning how to stop sugar cravings.
You may fear that, in order to succeed, you’ll have to spend lots of extra time monitoring portion sizes and weighing all your food. Not! It’s relatively easy to monitor grams of carbs, and, in just a few days, you won’t even have to look up foods in a food counts book.
Furthermore, when you free yourself, you’ll again begin to enjoy eating fats! As long as your carb consumption is low, you should get most of your calories from fats. Proteins should be your second largest source of calories.
If you also do some simple cardio exercise (such as brisk walking) and meditation (I suggest zazen), when you stop sugar cravings you are not only going to reduce the causes of inflammation, but also you are quite likely to lose body fat, which itself will diminish your chances of suffering from the epidemic diseases of civilization.
I offer specific guidance for how to eat well and to exercise well in other posts on this blog as well as at other sites such as http://www.lasting-weight-loss.com/ .
Why not stop sugar cravings? If you’ll make no exceptions, which would prolong the quitting process [think of a smoker trying to quit who has a cigarette!], you will soon feel better, look better, and quickly begin to be healthier.
So, stop sugar cravings and live better.