Reducing sugar intake is so important because sugar lowers our immune system's ability to fight invaders within just a few hours of eating. Plus, sugar triggers fat storage and inflammation. Let me share some super delicious ways to quiet your cravings.
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HERE ARE THE TOP 4 CRAVING TRIGGERS...
#1. STRESS. Emotional stress from anxiety and worry sets off stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline. Both make your liver dump glycogen (the stored form of carbs) into your blood stream. That means even when your diet is clean, you're still running on sugar and not on body fat. So, fat loss is hard in a state of stress.
#2. SLEEP DEPRIVATION. When you don't get enough shut-eye, your body is in a state of stress and triggers these stress hormones. The result: You're in carb burning mode and that makes you want to eat more of the sugary and starchy carbs.
#3. PMS. The week before a women gets her period, estrogen drops. At the same time serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter drops as well. Serotonin is made in the gut with the help of carbohydrates, so that explains your desire to carb up before your cycle starts.
For women in menopause this is even more enhanced because the drop in the hormone estrogen is permanent. However, women in menopause are much more sensitive to carbs and will gain weight much more quickly than a woman in her 20s or 30s, so carb control is key to staying lean, especially in the midsection.
#4. OVEREXERCISE. People who exercise too much will experience a spike in sugar cravings. This has to do with the increase in stress hormones and the depletion of glycogen, the
HERE'S THE PROBLEM... If you're always reaching for sugar when you have a craving, you're going to really struggle with making progress on your diet because sugar signals the body to store fat, not burn it. Plus, you're lowering your body's defenses.
So, craving control is really key to seeing progress. It's a big topic I cover in my Online Slim & Strong Program in the first week to ensure everyone moves through the challenging first few days.
Here Are My 3 Favorite Ways To Calm My Cravings - All With Virtually No Sugar, But Complete Satisfaction...
#1. Eat your chocolate... But make it Dark Chocolate! The 90 or 95% bar of Lindt chocolate will quiet your sugar cravings with three small pieces and only 2 grams of sugar. Plus it also boosts your serotonin and dopamine levels - truly therapy. #2. Drink your sweet. The MRM Reload Powder Packs (choose the watermelon flavor for the cleanest ingredients) a powerful punch as it helps kill sugar cravings thanks to stevia, but also slightly blunts your appetite. It helps with workout recovery and muscle soreness reduction, as well as helps to heal the gut thanks to L-Glutamine. And, it helps you stay strong longer during a workout and helps you maintain muscle mass even while dieting. #3. Hot cocoa. Mix a heaping tablespoon of Navitas Organic Cocoa Powder (zero sugar) in a cup of hot unsweetened vanilla almond milk (1 gram of carbs), add a bit of stevia to sweeten and your sugar cravings will be gone without having taken in a single gram of sugar. Plus, it's warm and indulgent.
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