Even the most dedicated and committed of us have one challenge that constantly lurks in the shadows, ready to pounce and jeopardize results.
While there is no substitute for will power and motivation when it comes to adhering to an effective weight and fat loss plan, there are a number of useful tricks to keep cravings at bay.
So, what can we do to combat this ever-present threat? Luckily for you I have listed our top five strategies below.
Eat Magnesium rich foods
Scientists have long linked sugar cravings with a deficiency in Magnesium. When the body is depleted in a certain nutrient it will crave familiar foods containing that nutrient, and in the case of magnesium deficiency that food is often chocolate.
So, rather than reaching for the dairy milk, try one of the food options below and watch your craving sail off into the sunset along with your excess body fat.
Foods rich in magnesium include:
Alfalfa, Almonds, Apples Avocados, Brazil Nuts, Brown Rice, Celery, Dates, Fish, Parsley
Eat Protein with meals and as snacks.
Protein takes longer to digest and therefore will keep you feeling fuller for longer. Protein works like a blood sugar stabilizer and eaten in combination with carbohydrates, protein will prevent your blood sugar levels from fluctuating.
Good snack options include;
Boiled eggs, organic chicken legs, walnuts, salmon or tuna in spring water, beef jerky, brazil nuts, whey protein shake.
Eat Chromium rich foods.
Chromium is an essential trace mineral that assists insulin in the regulation of blood glucose. Insulin is a hormone that your body uses to convert sugar, into energy.
As Chromium helps stabilize blood sugar levels, it is an invaluable tool in your battle against sugar cravings.
Chromium rich foods include Meat, Broccoli, Mushrooms, Green beans, Brewer’s yeast, Beef, Chicken breast, Chicken legs, Calves’ liver, Cereals, Cheese, Eggs, Fish, Sea food, and Fresh vegetables.
The simplest of strategies are often the best, and by drinking water when you have a craving this certainly proves to be true.
It is easy to mistake hunger for thirst, especially when dehydrated so make a rule to have a glass of water before you snack. Many times you will find the craving miraculously disappears.
When your blood sugar level drops, Glutamine instructs your body to stop producing insulin. Glutamine is also a glycogenic amino acid, enabling conversion of glycogen for energy production.
When the cravings hit, place half a tea-spoon under your tongue and let it dissolve, people are often amazed that their desire for sugar disappears almost immediately.
L-Glutamine is a naturally occurring amino acid, so should be safe to supplement.
So there you have it, five strategies for beating sugar cravings.
Good luck with your goals, whatever they are, and remember to get in touch if you have any questions.
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