How to Reduce Sugar Cravings

Updated: Mar 25, 2019

Sugar cravings can be one of the most challenging obstacles to overcome when starting a more nutritional diet.  

The fact of the matter is that sugar is addictive, and many of the foods we eat contain sugar - perhaps even the ones we least expect.

5 Tips to Reduce Sugar Cravings

Being able to reduce sugar cravings and stay true to your diet is essential for living a healthier lifestyle, allowing you to keep a high level of energy and feel good throughout each and every day.

The following are five effective tips for reducing the urge to consume sugar when the box of cookies is calling your name.  

1. Eat a healthy snack

On many occasions, sugar cravings occur due to not eating large or frequent enough meals.

In the event you are craving a sweet snack, try satisfying the sugar craving with a non process- whole-food snack, such as an apple, banana, carrots or green smoothies.

2 . Drink a glass of water

Another major cause of sugar cravings is dehydration, which many who are attempting to lower their sugar intake are unaware of.

Subsequently, a great way to quickly reduce sugar cravings when they occur is to drink a glass of water(or perhaps two). A glass of water works to cure the dehydration that may be causing the dehydration as well as helping you feel more full.

By sipping on water throughout each day, you may be able to better avoid sugar cravings altogether.

3.Reduce emotional stress

Along with a lack of sleep, emotional stress can cause sugar cravings. Therefore, understanding your most common stressors and reducing or eliminating them in your daily routine can be helpful for reducing sugar cravings.

The best way to reduce emotional stress in your life is to find activities that put your mind at ease, such as yoga, meditation and BodyTalk. If you can control the stress in your life, you will have a much better chance to control and reduce your sugar cravings.

4.Get enough sleep

When you are sleep deprived, the hormones that regulate your appetite are suppressed and your body searches for a quick boost of energy, often in the form of sugar.

We live in a fast-paced world, and it is easy to make sleep less of a priority. However, sleep is essential to our ability to function on a daily basis. While it may require a change to your daily routine, ensuring a proper sleep schedule is followed is essential to reducing sugar cravings.

5.Go for a walk

When you exercise, you release endorphins - which are chemicals in your brain that produce a happy feeling. When these endorphins are released, it helps us stay strong and fight off the urge to give in to our sugar cravings.

The next time you have a sugar craving and are close to giving in, consider going for a walk - or perhaps even a jog - around the neighborhood first. In many cases, this is all that is needed to reduce the sugar craving and resist the urge.


I am a Nutritionist, Certified Holistic Health Coach and Certified BodyTalk practitioner who is passionate about Health, Nutrition, and Wellbeing. 

Viviana Albarracin

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