Three Things Causing Your Sugar Cravings

Spoonful of Sugar

If it seems your battle against sugar cravings is a bit overwhelming, cut yourself a break. Truth is, we're all neurologically wired to savor sweet flavors. Metabolic Research Center offers these three clues as to just what may be contributing to your sweet tooth.


  1. Protein lack: If you're not getting enough protein in your diet, or if your body isn't properly digesting protein, it an signal brain chemicals that motivate you to eat more, even when you're not hungry. Plus, protein is important in balancing blood sugar. This can help lower the risk of a low blood sugar-induced binge.

  2. Stress: Strong sugar cravings can be a sign of low blood sugar, which can be a result of stress. While downing a vat of ice cream may do the trick in the short run, you'll only regret it later.

  3. Happiness hormones: Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that's associated with feelings of happiness and balance. When your serotonin levels are out of whack, it can lead to depression - and that alone can significantly boost your sugar and carb cravings.


So what's a weight-loss hopeful to do? A few helpful tactics for avoiding sugar cravings include increasing your protein intake, eating smaller and more frequent meals throughout the day and occasionally giving in sensibly to those cravings. Rather than that vat of ice cream, opt instead for a bite of dark chocolate.

Need a little support in reaching your weight loss goals? Visit your nearest Metabolic Research Center.


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