Oh, the dreaded sugar cravings. They’re one of the hardest, if not the hardest part about sticking to a diet. Spoiler alert—there’s nothing wrong with having cravings for sweets, it’s perfectly normal. Here’s how to manage sugar cravings and get them under control once and for all.
One of the main reasons people crave sweets is due to irregular meal times or skipping meals. When your body doesn’t get what it needs, you experience extreme blood sugar drops, and the easiest way to deal with them is with sugar. That’s why we crave it.
If you’re eating regularly, but not consuming enough carbs, you may notice you have cravings for sweets and carbs. This is your body’s way of telling you you need more carbs. Carbs are the body’s source of energy and if you’re not eating enough of them, you’ll crave them. Incorporate carbs into every meal and choose ones that have fiber, like whole grains, beans, legumes, and fruit.
Depriving yourself of foods you enjoy makes you crave them more until you decide to cave and overindulge. After that, you feel guilty and it’s a never-ending cycle. That’s why you shouldn’t put any food off-limits and instead just eat fewer sweets.