Sweet Poison..REAL Reasons Why You Crave Sugar
1. You’re suffering from stress
Stress creates havoc to your blood sugar levels causing it to shift up and down.This is why you are craving sugar. As a result, excess sugar and fat content in “comfort food” for your stress rakes up the calories. And that is not good for your body weigh and health.
2. You are sleep deprived
A hormone called ghrelin is produced heavily when you lach the shut-eye. This hormone makes you hungry. At the same time, it drops your levels of leptin, a hormone which lets you know when you’re satieted or feelings of fullness.Insomniacs or those who dont get enough sleep are prone to food cravings, obesity and diabetes. Ensure you are getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep nightly if you are aged 25 and above.
3. Are you skipping meals?
How many of you don’t eat because you are simply too busy?If you go too long between meals, that makes your body crave quick energy foods, which are the ones loaded with sugar.If you have a hectic schedule (and who doesn’t?), pack healthy snacks or some cherries. Quick bites and nutritious and it kills the cravings.
4. Yeast overgrowth
“Candida albicans” is a type of yeast that lives in your digestive tract growing as a result of antibiotics killing off good bacteria and leaving behind bad bacteria. “Candida albicans” needs sugar to grow, and that is the cause of sugar and carb cravings.It can also make you feel tired or depressed, and that makes you even more likely to turn to comfort food high in sugar content.
5. Artificial sweeteners
Did you know that Aspartame, Sucralose can boost your sweetness craving?These artificial sweeteners are much sweeter than sugar that they change your taste and make you crave even sweeter things.
Cut them out of your diet and use healthier sweeteners in trms of natural tasters such as fruits.
Beware of hidden sweeteners in chewing gum and yoghurt. Read your labels!
Yours always in good health and happiness,
Dr Dee Dee deedeefitness.com
Dr Dee Dee Mahmood (PhD), is the Regional Head, Regional Alumni Ambassador Network and Associate Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University Australia. This multi award winning TEDx Speaker, Celebrity Exercise Physiologist, Nutritionist and Talk Show Host is much celebrated for her numerous community health initiatives. Her PhD research on obesity was chosen for its impact on obesity in Asia and was accepted and presented at the President’s Cup Award, American College of Sports Medicine Northwest Annual Meeting in Tacoma, Washington. Ambassadors to brands like Reebok, Norwegian Seafood Council, Dr Dee Dee has several signature community programs to her name: Fat2Fit Asia and Walking Football for Health. She conducts synergy on community and corporate health and research collaborations internationally. More about Dr Dee,