Three Sugar Craving Culprits
We all get them - Those sugar cravings that seem to come out of nowhere. They can be tough to get rid of without giving in. But if you're aiming to shed pounds, giving in can wreck your weight loss efforts. So what can you do? Metabolic Research Center offers these three clues as to just what may be contributing to your sweet tooth, so you can better manage avoiding it.
- A protein lack: If don't get enough protein in your diet, or if your body isn't properly digesting protein, it can signal the brain chemicals that tell you to eat more, even when you're not hungry. Plus, protein is important in balancing blood sugar, which can help reduce the risk of a low blood sugar-induced binge. Make sure you add a lean protein serving to each meal or snack.
- Stress: Strong sugar cravings can be a sign of low blood sugar, which can be a direct result of stress. While downing a vat of ice cream may do the trick in the short run, you'll only regret it later. Taking a brisk walk instead can help curb your craving.
- 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. Keep yours in check with plenty of exercise, rest and laughter.
Other tips for keeping your sugar cravings at bay are 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 extra support in reaching your weight loss goals? Call 800-501-8090 to locate the nearest Metabolic Research Center.
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