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How to Curb Your Sugar Craving

Sugar junkie? Here's how fight the urge.

If we laid a box of honey glazed donuts in front of you, would you immediately grab one? If yes, you’re definitely a certified sweet tooth.

But don’t fret; you’re not alone! Many of us are self-confessed sugar addicts. Really, how can anyone say no to Nutella or Speculoos Cookie Butter? According to dietitian and nutrition consultant Susan Moores, MS, RD, the reason why it’s so hard to resist sweets is because the taste of sugar releases endorphins that calm and relax us, thus providing a natural high.

So, how do we curb it? The first thing you should remember is never deprive yourself. By suddenly going cold turkey on sweets, you risk craving and binging even more. Kerry Neville, MS, RD, a registered dietitian and ADA spokeswoman, suggests eating sweets in small portions, like a fun-sized candy bar or a small cookie. Try to stick to a 150-calorie limit too.

It’s also a good idea to combine junk food and healthy food. If you’re in the mood for chocolate, opt for chocolate-covered raisins or almonds instead of a bag of M&Ms.  Chewing gum is another way to reduce cravings.

Keep yourself busy. When a sugar craving hits, work on a chore like cleaning your room or picking up the laundry. By shifting your attention to a more pressing issue, the craving will eventually pass.

And lastly, eat regularly. Eating every three to five hours can help keep blood sugar stable and help you "avoid irrational eating behavior," explains nutrition advisor Dave Grotto, RD, LDN.

Source: WebMD