If I were to award a single food item with the title of ‘Fastest Way To Pack On The Pounds', hands down the winner would be refined sugar.
Decreasing the sugar in your diet is easier said than done. Once it is a part of your daily diet, cravings strike, causing you to eat it even more frequently. But there is hope.
Here are 6 Ways To Crave Less of that Sugar that you're eating that's killing your results and keeping you from attaining your goal weight:
1) Eat More Protein
A diet rich in protein keeps you full, satisfied and less likely to crave sweets. A great way to make sure that you are getting enough is to plan each meal and snack around a protein. Plan breakfast around eggs, lunch and dinner around baked chicken breast, and make snacks hard boiled eggs or baked meatballs. Try the recipe below for a protein-packed, sugar-busting snack. When was the last time you were upset with yourself for eating too many chicken breasts? (Check out our Youtube channel for some great high protein recipe ideas)
2) Steer Clear Of Saboteurs The sad truth is that people in your life will try to sabotage your low sugar diet. You'll run into that pushy person at the office who insists that you eat a donut, the well-meaning family member who dishes you up a bowl of ice cream, and the friend who comes over with a plate of her home-baked cookies. The best avoidance strategy is to sincerely thank the sugar-pusher for their gift, tell them you wish you could eat it, and then blame me – your coach – as the bad guy who says that you need to cut back on sugar.
3) Try Sugar Free Gum
For those moments when your sweet tooth is relentlessly badgering you for something sweet, ditch the super-sugary candies and chew some sugar free gum. These days they have some pretty amazing flavors, and they can satisfy that sweet craving and keep you on track. Just be careful not to overdo it, they have been known to give you bubble guts:)
4) Stick With Fruit
What's sweet, colorful and comes in hundreds of flavors? Seasonal, fresh fruit, of course! As you remove refined sugar from your life, feel free to add in some natural sugar by way of fresh, local fruit. It's amazing how satisfyingly sweet fruit is – it's truly nature's candy.
5) Change Your Palate
As you begin to limit your intake of refined sugars, you'll find that your tolerance for sugar decreases. This means that something that didn't taste sweet before – say a green apple – now has uncanny depths of sweetness. What's happening is that your sweet receptors are becoming more finely tuned, now that you're not overwhelming your palate with sickly-sweet refined sugar.
6) Workout Like You Mean It
A regular, challenging exercise routine will not only get you into amazing shape, it also reduces your cravings for sugar. The endorphin rush brought on by vigorous exercise is an even more powerful feel-good-feeling than the pleasure gotten by indulging in sugary foods.
Make challenging, consistent exercise a part of your life by checking out our program at Train Insane with a free trial, or our online coaching program if you live too far. I'd love to get you to your goals using my results-driven method.