In the past if you wanted to lose weight then experts would recommend that you cut back on fats and carbs.
While this will help to a degree, we now know that your body needs both fat and carbs. Just the good forms though.
Nowadays it is better to cut back on sugar, but this can be difficult. Luckily there are some tips below that will help you cut sugar intake.
#1: Cut it out completely
Sugar is highly addictive, so if you eat it you want to keep eating it.
Therefore if you cut it out of your diet entirely then the cravings will subside.
#2: Have a clear out
To avoid the temptation of sugary foods take the time to go through your kitchen and throw out any foods you know are full of sugar.
Or better still donate the foods to the needy. There are probably plenty of local charities and food banks that will accept these foods.
#3: Tell your friends and loved ones
If you have made the decision to cut your sugar intake you most certainly wont want people tempting you with sugary treats.
To reduce the chances of this happening tell them that you are trying to cut back. Hopefully this will stop them from tempting you in the future.
#4: Read those food labels
You will be surprised at how much sugar is found in foods, even those foods that are seemingly healthy.
This is why when you are shopping that you take a moment to read the food labels.
If there is more than 5 g of sugar present in 100 g then it is best to put it back on the shelf.
#5: Curb your cravings with natural sugars
If you have a sweet tooth and are struggling to control your cravings then opt for fruit.
It contains natural sugars that can help.
Cinnamon can also help to curb those cravings for sugar too, so keep a little to hand.
#6: Cook your own food
Pre-prepared microwave meals are full of additives such as sugar so are best avoided.
Also, you will find that restaurants and take-away meals are full of sugar too.
The only way to control your sugar intake is to prepare and cook your own meals. You can then add as little or as much as you want.
#7: Eat protein and good fats
Both protein and good fats will help control your blood sugar levels, which can help prevent blood sugar highs and the subsequent crashes that cause further sugar cravings.
Make sure the following foods are part of your everyday diet:
- Lean meats
- Nuts and seeds
- Beans and pulses
- Natural yoghurt
- Nut and seed butters
#8: Eat more foods containing chromium
Chromium can help balance blood sugar levels so eating foods rich in this mineral is a good idea.
Foods that contain high levels of chromium include:
- Whole grains
- Orange juice
- Green beans
- Raw tomatoes
#9: Distract yourself
Instead of reaching for sugary treats when you are bored, or depressed, choose to do something to distract you from these cravings.
For instance you could have a nice relaxing bath, or watch a film. There are so many options to choose from.