How to Stop Sugar Cravings

November 21, 2012 | By | 9 Comments

Sugar cravings are quite common and can destroy your fat loss efforts. So, here are a few ways to stop them in order to lose weight…

They seem to come out of nowhere. One minute, you’re sitting on the couch enjoying your favorite TV show, the next… you get this irresistible urge to eat something sweet.

These sugar cravings are quite common, can strike at any time, and are responsible for many failed fat loss attempts. Given this, I thought it’d be appropriate to discuss why exactly they happen and simple strategies for defeating them.

Let’s start with the reason behind them. For one, cravings – of any kind – can mean you’re deficient in some kind of nutrient. Therefore, it’s very important that you eat a wholesome, healthy diet that covers all the bases (and we’ll discuss this shortly).

Next, sugar cravings can arise simply by seeing something sweet. Personally, I get strong urges from time to time when I’m in Dunkin Donuts for my daily coffee. Those treats staring me in the face are sometimes hard to resist.

What should you do in a situation such as this?

Well, a little willpower goes a long way – especially if you’re exposed to sugars on a constant basis. For example, I go into that store 14-15 times per week. I’d be in pretty bad shape if I couldn’t say no. Given that, I’ve made treats in Dunkin Donuts off-limits for myself. And this “situational ban” is very important which we’ll go over in a minute.

Another time cravings can crop up is when your blood sugar is too low. And this ties in with the first way to stop them. If you limit simple carbs in your daily diet such as bread and pasta, you won’t experience bad blood sugar swings.

Yes, these do taste good, and you might feel stuffed after eating heaping portions, but after a few hours they can leave you ravished and send you straight for the cookie jar. So again, it all starts with a healthy diet.

Now, the less sugar you eat, the less you’ll crave it. So, clean out your kitchen cabinets and get rid of the snack foods. Furthermore, impose your own situational bans as described above. For example, if you visit Starbucks often for your coffee, make that store’s treats off limits. Otherwise, the temptation might be too much to bear.

How can you say yes one day and stick to your guns the next? Unless of course, you have that much willpower (but then again, you probably wouldn’t be reading this right now).

Finally, from time to time, give in and allow yourself a treat. In contrast to what you read above, this can actually keep those cravings at bay. After indulging you won’t feel deprived for some time.

Furthermore, if you’ve been sugar free for several days, stuffing your face with a sweet can make you leave feeling a bit “sick”. As such, you might even build a negative association with sugary foods and crave them less without any more effort. And what could be better than that?

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Comments (9)

  1. Rich Wojcik

    For over a year, I’ve substituted sugar with Stevia (natural herb, not artificial sweets)
    What is your opinion about Stevia?
    Thank you.

    • Justin

      Hi Rich,

      Stevia is a great natural sweetener and one that we recommend as a natural sweetener while on the program.

  2. Barbara L Quijada

    What about truvia?

    • Hi Barbara,

      Stevia/Truvia is the best type of sweetener to use. It’s natural so it doesn’t come with the potential side effects of artificial sweeteners such as Splenda and Nutrasweet.

  3. diane boyer

    i am so disappointed this diet is no different than any of the others all you want is for me to buy buy buy i am a senior citizen on a very small fixed income i have no savings and i am diabetic, i spent 50.00 that i really did not have because i thought this was going to help me. this is the same old stuff like all the rest i missed paying a bill for this and now i am so sorry i did it

    • Donnalee Brady

      Replying to another comment. I am also in this same situation, on fixed income, Senior, widow, and wondering if you they will just want you to buy more and more. What to do?

    • Hi Diane,

      The Cruise Control Diet is an ideal eating plan for people with diabetes, we have many readers who are diabetic who were able to get their blood sugar under control with this eating plan. Many have even reduced or gotten off or avoided prescription medications.

      Please note that fasting is not recommended on the program and definitely not recommended for diabetics. In phase III of the program, an advanced and optional technique called Intermittent Fasting is discussed but this is not recommended for diabetics.

      Diane, after you start the diet, you will need to work closely with your physician to have your medicine adjusted as needed. The foods you eat will greatly correct your blood sugar and you will not need as much medicine any more. The changes are immediate and you need to take daily and detailed blood sugar levels to show to your physician. Your doctor will be very happy to learn that you have decided to take steps to improve with a healthy eating plan.

  4. Jeff Dickinson

    For those times when I do use a natural sweetener, what is the order of preference between sugar, honey, or agave?

    • Hi Jeff,

      Although a natural product, honey is found as a rare food in nature and should be consumed as such only rarely. We recommend honey as a natural sweetener from time to time but not daily and without overindulging.

      Stevia is the best type of sweetener to use. It’s natural so it doesn’t come with the potential side effects of artificial sweeteners such as Splenda and Nutrasweet.

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