Dreaming about donuts?
Stick to your goals with our tried-and-tested tips for curbing your sweet tooth – they’re easy enough, and they even include a bit of chocolate.
1. Try Chai
We’re talking about chai in a teabag – not the milky, sugar-laden kind from your local cafe. Inherently sweet, cinnamon is a great spice for curbing a sweet tooth. Brew it strong and add a dash of milk and stevia if you’d like – a sweet treat without the sugar. Sip. Savour. Repeat.
Hunger is often mistaken for thirst. A cold glass of H20 might just give your body what it was really looking for.
MACROS tip: Still want that brownie after downing two glasses of water? Wait 20 minutes for the full craving-crushing effect.
3. Check Your Protein Intake
Protein is highly satiating, and has zero impact on your blood sugar – so it won’t cause that spike and crash that leaves you raiding the pantry for the biscuits after dinner.
MACROS tip: Make sure you’re including a substantial serving of protein with your main meals – whether that’s a chicken breast, two hard-boiled eggs, a salmon fillet or a MACROS meal.
4. Look At The Quality Of Your Carbs
Sure the amount of carbs you’re eating might fit into your MACROS, but if you’re eating white bread and white rice every day, you won’t be doing your blood sugar any favours.
MACROS tip: Switch refined carbs for unrefined (unprocessed) carbs like brown rice, quinoa and sweet potato; their high fibre content takes longer to break down in the bloodstream, providing slow-burning fuel and eliminating that urge for a quick sweet ‘fix’.
5. Choose The Right Chocolate
One or two squares of really dark, low sugar chocolate – the 85 to 90% kind – works a (literal) treat at keeping sweet cravings at bay. The lingering, bittersweet and well-rounded flavour of concentrated dark chocolate has something to with it. And you won’t be tempted to binge on a whole block like you do with sugar-packed milk chocolate (ultimately it’s the sugar in chocolate, and not the cocoa that makes it addictive).
6. Go To Bed
It’s time to turn off Netflix come 9pm. Sleep deprivation can increase levels of the hunger hormone, ‘ghrelin’, and decrease levels of the appetite-reducing hormone, ‘leptin’. Enough said.
7. Brush Your Teeth
Nothing tastes good when your mouth is minty fresh.
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