Weight Loss: Understanding Sugar Cravings So You Can Overcome the Urges
Losing weight is no easy task. One of the toughest parts of losing weight is to find the willpower to avoid temptations. It is always very tempting to skip out on a workout routine if you had a tough day at the job. It is also very tempting to have an extra bite or two even though you should be counting calories or sticking with your portion control rules. And it is very tempting to snack on sugary treats and candy whenever you feel those cravings urging you on.
Hypnotherapy is probably the only treatment in the world that addresses the willpower factor. Everyone is always so focused on using supplements, working out, and trying diets, that we all usually forget that none of these treatments will help a thing if you just don’t have the willpower to resist temptations.
One particularly hard urge to overcome is craving sugar. Most people have a tough time overcoming their sugar cravings. But why is this one craving specifically so tough to overcome?
Perhaps if you know how sugar cravings work, you will understand better.
Sugar Alters Your Memories
When you follow a high sugar diet, your dendrites become shorter and thinner. When you are making memories, your neurons communicate through synapses that are found in the dendrites. When the dendrites get smaller, it alters your ability to remember and it becomes a lot easier to simply forget that you are trying to avoid sugar.
Food Choices Can Trigger Cravings
When you start to follow a healthy diet, cravings are usually triggered because a lack of certain minerals and fats can make your blood sugar levels fall lower than usual. This immediately triggers sugar cravings because your body realises that sugar is one of the quickest ways to restore balance. Sugar is however not the best way to restore your blood sugar levels because the sugar burns out fast which results in another sugar craving in no time at all.
Instead of reaching for sweet treats when you feel a craving, you should be focusing on nourishing your body with healthy fats and proteins since these nutrients will keep your blood sugar levels balanced for longer.
Sleep Habits Can Affect Your Cravings
If you don’t sleep well at night, your body can start to crave sweet food. This is because your brain becomes more aware of food odours when you are sleep-deprived. The boredom or frustration of lying awake can also make you feel hungry. A lack of sleep can also make you feel sluggish.
Your brain realises all too well that a sudden sugar rush will help you feel better for a little while. But the problem usually is that sugar burns out very fast and can leave you feeling even more tired than before.
Stress Can Affect Your Cravings
Some people don’t feel hungry at all when they are stressed and others can’t stop munching their way through any snack they can find. Those who feel hungry, usually resolve to sweet foods because these are the types of food that can make you feel instantly better even though these feelings might be short-lived.
As you can see, there are quite a few psychological influences that can affect just how much you crave sugar. The toughest part about cutting sugar from your diet usually isn’t to diet but rather to find the willpower to eat healthier foods or to do things that might improve your overall health.
If you have a tough time avoiding sugar or want to lose weight in general then you should book a session with Evolution Hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is a leading treatment to help you overcome psychological problems and Evolution Hypnotherapy has a superb Weight Loss 4 Life Program that can help you achieve your weight goals and maintain this healthier lifestyle for good.