Craving carbohydrates is something I am well aware of. I love bread, love my morning toast, have had a strong sweet tooth and I have had to learn how to stop sugar cravings.
There are many factors that undermine weight loss success. Is craving carbohydrates your downfall?
Take this simple quiz:
I prefer pasta, bread and pastries to meat, fruits or vegetables.
Yes ___ No ____
I often experience cravings for sweet or starchy foods.
Yes ___ No _____
I frequently feel tired or lack energy.
Yes ____ No ___
I often try to boost my energy levels with food or beverages.
Yes ___ No ___
I frequently feel sleepy or sluggish in late afternoon.
Yes___ No ___
If meals are delayed I tend to get irritable.
Yes ___ No ____
If you answer "yes" to three or more questions, your carb cravings could be what's preventing you from losing weight and attaining balanced energy. When we are craving carbohydrates we tend to seek out sugary or starchy foods. This wreaks havoc on blood sugar and appetite.
High-carb foods can cause blood sugar to spike, creating a short lived burst of energy. Only to be followed by blood sugar inevitably plummeting. This leads to an energy crash, an emotional slump, and you guessed it, more cravings for carbs. This exhausting cycle usually repeats itself through out a carb craver's day.
Fortunately the cycle can be broken!
1. First and foremost is to ensure you are getting adequate protein in order to offset the carb cravings. Protein at breakfast in the form of 2 eggs, protein at lunch and dinner and high protein snacks as necessary.
2. Choose your carbohydrates carefully:
Best Healthy grain or carb choices include:
Avoid refined carbohydrates or anything made with white flour and white sugar.
3. Reduce sweets
The more we eat sweets the more we crave them and the cycle is born. While you are craving sweets and trying to reduce you carbohydrate cravings limit your sweet intake as much as possible and limit the amount of fruits you eat to one or two per week, until you are completely over your carb cravings.
Regular exercise helps normalize blood sugar levels and reduce carbohydrate cravings.
By following these plans you wil be able to limit your sweet cravings and carbohydrate cravings, find more balance and lose weight.
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