A random slice of cake here or a generous serving of ice cream there may seem all too innocent. But, beware, these not so occasional sinful treats might be putting your added sugar consumption way over the amount advised by the American Heart Association organization. According to the AHA, most women should cap their added sugar intake at 24 grams a day, while most men should restrict their added sugar intake to 36 grams a day. Excessive sugar in the daily diet gives an invitation to a host of health problems. The idea is not to give up sugar altogether but to consume sugar in moderation such that it doesn’t cause any negative effects on your health.
Don’t worry, fighting sugar cravings is a battle that you can win, more easily than you might have imagined.
Here are a few steps that are guaranteed to help you tackle and end your sugar addiction
1.Find Effective Ways to Resist Strong Cravings
Desiring desserts and indulging in them occasionally is not bad. But if you’re addicted to sugar, then these cravings and indulgences are probably more of a regular thing, which is certainly bad. What you need here are some ideas that you can apply to resist these frequent cravings effectively. For example, when your taste buds demand something sweet, appease them by chewing on a gum instead. Of course, make sure the gum you choose is sugar-free, so you can relish all the sweetness without any guilt. Another good idea is to find a distraction every time a craving strikes. Engross your mind in things that you like, whether it’s listening to some music, reading a book, or watching an episode of your favorite TV show. By diverting your mind elsewhere, you can prevent your usual immediate response of giving in to the cravings.