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Ways to crave less sugar

You can bet the fastest way to pack on the pounds is to eat a diet comprised of refined sugar.

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What's refined sugar you ask?

Sugar is a white crystalline carbohydrate used as a sweetener and preservative. Refined sugar causes a rapid rise in blood sugar that could raise your risk of diabetes and other chronic problems. A large number of the foods we eat contain refined sugar, which could pose as large a health problem as dietary fats and cholesterol.

Now-a-days, our diet is filled with sugar - as there is some form of refined sugar in virtually every single processed food. And this is the very reason why it is so important to eliminate those processed and packaged convenience foods out of your diet.

Use these 7 ways to decrease your sugar cravings and start treating your body to the good nutrition it deserves.

1) Eat More Protein
A diet rich in protein keeps you full, satisfied and less likely to crave sweets. Be sure to include a health low-fat source of protein at every meal and snack! Protein-rich snacks can include eggs, chicken breast or baked turkey meatballs.

2) Avoid Artificial Sweeteners One of the biggest fitness myths out there is the idea that calorie-free, artificially sweetened beverages don't impact your fat loss results. The sad truth is that the diet soda you're sipping is making it harder for you to reach your goal weight. While the diet soda itself doesn't contain calories, it has been proven to cause cravings for sugary foods. Put down the diet soda and instead pick up a refreshing bottle of spring water.

3) Watch Out for Saboteurs
Unfortunately, people in your life will try to sabotage your low sugar diet; whether it be your office mate insisting you have a cupcake or your Aunty making you extra helpings of pumpkin crunch. The best avoidance strategy is to sincerely thank the sugar-pusher for their gift, tell them you wish you could eat it, and then blame me – your trainer – as the bad guy who says that you need to cut back on sugar.

4) Try Dark Chocolate
For those moments when your sweet tooth is relentlessly badgering you for something sweet, ditch the super-sugary candies and stick with a small square of very dark chocolate. Chocolate that is 70% or higher in cocoa content should be the only candy that you keep on hand. The benefit of the cocoa, in addition to the lowered sugar content, makes dark chocolate an occasionally justifiable treat.

5) Fruit in Moderation
What's sweet, colorful and comes in hundreds of flavors? Organic, seasonal, fresh fruit, of course! As you remove refined sugar from your life, feel free to add in some natural sugar by way of fresh, local fruit. It's amazing how satisfyingly sweet fruit is – it's truly nature's candy.

6) Change Your Palate
As you begin to limit your intake of refined sugars, you'll find that your tolerance for sugar decreases. This means that something that didn't taste sweet before – say a green apple – now has uncanny depths of sweetness. What's happening is that your sweet receptors are becoming more finely tuned, now that you're not overwhelming your palate with sickly-sweet refined sugar.

7) Workout Like You Mean It
A regular, challenging exercise routine will not only get you into amazing shape, it also reduces your cravings for sugar. The endorphin rush brought on by vigorous exercise is an even more powerful feel-good-feeling than the pleasure gotten by indulging in sugary foods.

Make challenging, consistent exercise a part of your life by signing up for my fitness program. I'd love to get you to your goals using my results-driven method. Email me today to set up your first workout.