I hope you all are enjoying my DIY articles. Today, I will talk about some weight loss tips and tips which will prevent sugar cravings and help you lose weight. Well, we all crave for sugar at one point or the other. We want to indulge into our favourite chocolates, pastries, ice-creams, muffins and what not! That’s why I am listing down the tops reasons why your body craves for sugar and how you can control these cravings to lose weight.
1. Skipping breakfast
First and the most important cause. People who skip breakfast experience more cravings than those who eat a wholesome breakfast.
Remedy: Eat a healthy breakfast which is filling. Your breakfast should be heavy if you want to avoid cravings. Some good options are idli, dosa, uttapam, poha, upma, eggs etc.
2. Not eating regularly
Some of us have a habit of eating only two or three times a day. This is not a good habit if you want to avoid cravings.
Remedy: Eating smaller meals every two hours is a great way to avoid cravings. You should have some mid-meal snacks in between. Some healthy snack options are a handful of peanuts, coconut water, a bowl of curd, a glass of milk, nuts, banana etc.
3. Not drinking enough water
When you do not drink enough water, it manifests as hunger instead of thirst. This is true for people who always drink less water.
Remedy: Drink 1 glass of water half an hour before and after meals. This will make you feel fuller, curb cravings and reduce hunger pangs too. At least 2 litres of water should be consumed daily. Read about how to drink enough water here.
4. Low-carb diet
I have seen many people who are on low carb diet and avoid eating anything with carbohydrates in it. Carbohydrates are the major source of glucose for the body. If you are not eating it in the right quantities you will have sugar cravings. You will eat more than what is required, sabotaging your own weight loss plan.
Remedies: Eat foods which have low glycemic (GI) index. Such foods release sugar slowly into the body and prevent cravings. Some good food options are brown rice, whole wheat roti, oats, vegetables etc.
5. Lack of sugar
Most people avoid sugar in order to become healthy. But, this is the worst thing you can do to your body. Glucose is the main source of energy for our body cells and tissues. Lack of sugar leads to hypoglycemia. Symptoms of hypoglycemia are dizziness, confusion, irritability, clumsiness etc.
Remedy: Please eat “good” sugar. Fruit sugar (fructose) is present in all fruits. Do not add sugar to your fruit juices as sugar is already present in fruits. Choose fruits over fruit juices as this will add fibre to your diet. Lactose (milk sugar) is present in milk and curd. These are some natural sugar sources which are good for your body.
6. Eating too healthy
Yes, sometimes eating just healthy food creates monotony in your life and it’s the monotony that leads to cravings all the time.
Remedy: Give yourself a break from your regular healthy diet once or twice a month. Indulge in your favourite chocolate pastry, pasta, pizza, cake etc. This will satisfy your taste buds and prevent daily cravings. But, please do not make this an excuse or a bad habit.
Bonus tip: love yourself
When you love yourself as a person, you will be more healthy, happy and confident. This way you will avoid unnecessary tension and stress which are the two major causes of unhealthy eating and cravings.
So guys, eat healthy food and enjoy life. Take care! 🙂
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