Shut Down Your Sugar Cravings
Sugar cravings can do a number on your efforts to lose weight. But you can effectively shut them down if you understand what's causing them in the first place. Here three of the most common sources of sweet tooth hankerings.
- Hormones: Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that can trigger feelings of happiness and balance. When your serotonin levels are wonked up, feelings of depression can hit instead. And when that happens, you can expect a spike in your sugar and carb cravings. Keep your happy hormones revved up with plenty of exercise, rest and laughter.
- Stress: Being stressed out for a period of time can sap your blood sugar, causing you to crave a sugar-laded treat. Don't give in. Instead, take a brisk walk. It's a great way to quickly curb a craving.
- A protein deficiency: Not getting enough protein in your daily diet can convince your brain to jump start your appetite - even if your body isn’t truly hungry. Also, protein is critical to balancing blood sugar, thereby reducing the risk of a low blood sugar-induced binge. Make sure your daily diet includes lean protein servings.
Eating smaller and more frequent meals throughout the day is another tactic for controlling your sugar and carb cravings. And, extra help is available via Metabolic Research Center. Call 800-501-8090 to find the location nearest you.
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