Many people who are trying to lose weight often foil their dietary plans because of cravings. One of the most common cravings is that for sweet treats. In order for the body to function, we need a constant supply of glucose in the bloodstream, so craving sweets makes sense. However, now food is anything but scarce in America and obesity continues to plague society. So what are we to do about that sweet tooth? There are healthier options to combat and satisfy sugar cravings, including:
1. Fresh fruits and berries: These are great snacks that have natural sugars plus fiber which slow down the digestion of sugar. Also these foods contain beneficial phytochemicals like powerful antioxidants that help combat environmental stress and fight the aging process.
2. Eat only a small piece of intense dark chocolate instead of a whole milk chocolate candy bar. Choose chocolate that is contains at least 70% cocoa solids, and is preferably organic. Eating a bite size piece daily is actually good for your health. Cocoa contains potent antioxidants like those found in red wine. A piece of dark chocolate and a glass of red wine – what could be better?
3. Taking a high quality chromium supplement can help reduce cravings for sugar and improve how your body handles glucose. Chromium can help reduce blood glucose, HbA1c levels and cholesterol.
Over time, sugar cravings decrease when following a diet low in refined sugars and carbs. Usually after 30-60 days the taste for sweet foods changes and becomes very intense. In the meantime, follow the above steps and you will notice a difference.