Does your sweet tooth dictate your diet?

For many of us, sugar addiction is a constant battle that will most likely lead to a number of health issues, not limited to obesity.

The good news is that sugar cravings will pass, and there are simple things you can do to help stop sugar cravings in their tracks.

Don’t Skip Meals

If you’re trying to break your sugar addiction, it’s important to not skip meals. Skipping meals causes your body to look for fast refuelling options, which means it will go for the energy source that is the quickest to absorb – sugar.

Having set meal times helps you to kick cravings as you know when you are next eating, and you’ll be less likely to eat outside of these times.

Stay Hydrated

Often, we mistake a craving for being thirsty. Before you give in to the sugary snack, have a drink of water and see how you feel.  Chances are that after 10 minutes the craving will subside.

Plan ahead

Planning ahead is key for weight loss and beating sugar addiction! If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.

Having low-sugar snacks on hand makes you less likely to go out of your way for sugar-filled foods.

Planning ahead also means you won’t stop into the shop where Every! Single! Aisle! is loaded up with sugar, saving you the internal battle and inevitable submission to your cravings.

Eat A Protein-Packed Breakfast

Protein and fibre increase satiety, which is the feeling of being full. This is because they take longer to digest, so it will suppress your appetite longer.

Eating a high protein breakfast will leave you fuller throughout the day, meaning you’re less likely to overeat and give in to cravings. That’s why the Man Shake is perfect – it’s high in protein and fibre, and low in sugar.

Follow The 80/20 Rule

Sometimes, making certain foods forbidden only makes you crave them more. If 80% of your meals are healthy and balanced, there is room for you to indulge without falling off the wagon.

This is why you The Man Plan encourages a treat meal. If you know you will have your favourite food later in the week, you’re less likely to break your diet outside of this parameter.

Avoid Salty Foods

Ever wondered why dinner leads straight into dessert?

While sugar and salt may seem like polar opposites, eating foods high in salt have been proven to trigger subsequent cravings like sugar.

Avoid salty foods to minimise the risk of a meal-induced sugar craving.

Break The Habit

If your family ritual is to have a block of chocolate after dinner, it’s important to break these habits. Instead, establish new ones like fruit lightly dipped in dark chocolate.

You don’t have to take all the pleasure out of your days, but establishing healthy habits means you’re much less likely to give in to sugar addiction. Make the sugar-filled chocolate a rare treat for the family.

Get Enough Sleep!

It’s been well researched and documented that people who are sleep deprived crave sugary foods. One US Study on free sugar intake and sleep deprivation found that the more sleep participants got, the less sugar the person consumed over the trial period.

This craving for sugar could be the body’s way to get the energy to power through the day after a restless night, but the easiest solution is to ensure you’re getting enough quality sleep.