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How to Stop Sugar Cravings

Pull Your Sweet Tooth with These Tips


  • I adore chocolate, so I haven't left it out in my quest for weight loss. (I know I would rebel if I tried to make myself stop eating chocolate entirely.)

    The thing I used to have to have, every single day, was a 16-ounce hot cocoa for breakfast (or a mocha, if I was out at a Starbucks or something). Instead, I'm making frozen fruit smoothies, with lots of fruit and a little bit of chocolate -- chocolate flavored protein powder and nonfat chocolate yogurt. And I love it just as much, maybe more, because it gives me energy instead of robbing me of energy.

    Instead of candy bars, I eat energy bars that have chocolate flavor, but aren't made with sugar; the one I like now is called a Pure Bar, it's like a walnut brownie, but it's made with just fruit, walnuts, and cocoa. That way the calories are at least carrying some nutritional value with them. The way I like to look at it, two tablespoons of chocolate chips is worth 140 calories with no other value; a Pure Bar has 200 calories, but good oils (walnuts), vitamins and fiber (fruit).

    I find that I haven't craved chocolate bars, M&Ms, or anything like that, since I've been following the SparkPeople plan. I walk by them in the grocery store and think, "Why would anybody want that?" I do drink decaf coffee still, but I sweeten it with stevia powder, or sometimes sugar free caramel syrup if I'm in a mood for something sweeter.

    Sorry for the long post. I hope this helps someone. I am for sure a girl with a sweet tooth, a total chocoholic, and even I've lost 20 pounds since starting on SparkPeople, so I know it can be done! - 2/15/2009 1:22:04 AM

    I'm jumping in late here - there was a comment much earlier about almonds. I met with a trainer at my gym and spent an hour talking about nutrition. I discovered that I wasn't eating near enough protein. Since I have made an effort to increase my protein intake, my sugar cravings have dropped dramatically. I still have a hard time resisting cookies if we have them at work, but most days I don't about them unless I see them. - 2/14/2009 11:11:19 PM
  • NBO5008
    Dvancliff - I feel your pain, too. =) I have a list of foods that are painful to eat, especially sugar and dairy, and I can't seem to resist them -- especially when my cafeteria has at least four varieties of ice cream fresh-made on-campus at every meal. After finally accomplishing a week of successful resistance, I've found it's not such a dramatic loss if I don't give in. I fell off that wagon, though, so it's back to step 1, haha.

    Funny thing my doctor told me about craving what hates you: it's like a drug effect. It's bad for your body, but something in your brain reacts to this source it doesn't usually have, so you start constantly craving what's actually harming you.

    I've also found that eating something savory, like a Boca burger or a Smart Dog, will replace that sweet longing in my mouth. Tea is also a good replacement. - 2/4/2009 8:23:48 AM
  • Thank God, I am not the only one. I used to believe that there was no one else out there like me. Now after reading all of the posts there are a lot of people with the passion for sweets. This is the biggest downfall I have with food. I too am diabetic and still can't seem to get away from the sugary snacks. I know that it is not at all good for me but I feel helpless. - 1/26/2009 12:28:35 PM
  • I quit smoking 6 months ago and unfortunately gained 12 lbs and a terrible sweet tooth. I have tried a lot of things from flaxseed oil to appetite suppressants. It's still a work in progress. I am currently making a weekly grocery list and going to the store once a week only that way I'm not tempted by the candy bars too often. Also I buy only real food, no candy, cookies, ice cream, etc. At work, I pack my lunch and carry no money with me so I can't get in the vending machines. If you can adjust your environment to being sugar free, you maybe able to nip those cravings in the butt! - 1/23/2009 10:57:49 PM
  • I love sugar- it is my one great vice. I start when I wake up and seem to have some one way or another every few hours. This is the one diet/exercise thing that I can't quite imagine changing. I've tried several times. Even when I was thin and in shape, I still ate lots of M&M's. I would love to have a group or ongoing support with others who are as attached to sugar but want to kick the habit. Or at least cut way back:) - 1/19/2009 11:57:29 AM
    Sometimes, if I eat some cheese, drink a glass of milk, or eat a sugar free item, that will satisfy my cravings for sugared sweets. Drinking hot chicken or beef broth works well too. - 12/26/2008 2:50:57 PM
  • RASHAD3000
    Has anyone ever read the book "Sugar Blues"???

    I am a HARDCORE junk/sweet food addict. My goal for 2009 and beyond is to dump the refined sugar. - 12/16/2008 8:50:23 PM
  • KY_35TOGO
    i have found, the more fruit i eat the less i crave candy,cake,cookie etc. etc. - 12/13/2008 7:44:21 PM
  • I sometimes crave sugar so bad I feel like a heroin addict in withdrawals. LOL....especially in past "diet" attempts when I've deprived myself entirely of sugar (i.e. atkins, yech). I have found that frozen mango- My local wal-mart sells it in the frozen fruit section, really helps curb the craving most of the time. Lot of natural sugar in it, and the fact it's frozen makes it take longer to eat 3-4 pieces of it, so you're not eating a whole lot. - 11/10/2008 3:38:32 AM
    I love, love, love sugar! Because of all my years of eating to much sugar and family history........I now have Diabetes. Now I have no choice of how I eat sugar. Do something now while you still can choose it. Best to you all. - 8/18/2008 7:09:52 PM
  • I'll try!! Right now nothing satisfies my sugar cravings but sugar - BAD!! - 8/8/2008 4:49:52 PM
  • I have found that frozen grapes help tame the sugar craving. The green grapes are the best , but the others work quite well too. They seem to get sweeter when frozen. I have reached the point that I prefer frozen to fresh and so do my grandchildren when they visit. - 8/8/2008 12:23:45 PM
  • sounds strange - but I brush my teeth when I have a craving. The taste of something else with toothpaste is usually long enough for the craving to go away. - 7/30/2008 9:56:54 PM

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