Is There A Way To Deal With Sugar Cravings? Is there
a way to deal with sugar cravings? I seem to be able to follow a
good bodybuilding diet for 5 days but by the sixth day I am craving
all sorts of sweets. Is there anything that can be done to take
these cravings away?
A. I have found that with
the right bodybuilding diet, real physical sugar cravings can be
minimized and eliminated for the most part except when you are extremely
low in body fat (as in below 6%).
If you follow the correct bodybuilding diet as found in Body
Re-Engineering as well as the recommendations below, you will
see how your cravings will practically go away:
Make liberal use of vegetables throughout the day. Vegetables provide
fiber, which not only helps with digestion, but also increases your
metabolism and provides a feeling of fullness. I eat as much as
1 bag in some of the later meals of the day.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Water not only provides
a feeling of being full, but at times, cravings are caused by slight
If you crave some chocolate, prepare a chocolate protein pudding.
This is an awesome way to have something sweet and not break your
diet. Try doing 1 scoop of a good chocolate flavored protein powder
with 2 tsp of flax oil mixed in 4 ounces of water. This will make
a nice and thick pudding that will take care of the craving. As
soon as you are done, chase it with 8-10 ounces of water and after
10 minutes you will notice that you are full.
Eat as much real food as possible. Protein shakes are super convenient
but they do not provide the fullness that real food does. I have
a much easier time handling cravings when I eat real food all day
long than when I include protein shakes. As a bonus, real food increases
your metabolism more than a protein drink as the body has to work
harder to digest it.
Stay away from high fructose corn syrup. Certainly stay away from
sauces that have high fructose corn syrup (like ketchup for instance).
High fructose corn syrup neutralizes the enzyme that indicates to
your brain that you are full. Therefore, it contributes to all sorts
of cravings and you will have an artificially high appetite all
Supplement your diet with glucose control agents. Supplements like
chromium picolinate, alpha lipoic acid and even flax seed oil all
play a role in controlling blood sugar as they help increase the
body's sensitivity to insulin and also help to stabilize blood sugar
levels. I recommend 200 mcg of chromium in Meal 1, 100-300 mg of
Alpha Lipoic Acid on Meals 1, 3, and 5 and 1-2 tablespoons of flaxseed
oil per day.
The above will take care of real physical cravings. Psychological
cravings (those created by TV commercials or the smell of some forbidden
food at a restaurant) are dealt with by visualizing the way that
you want to look and also visualizing how you would look if you
lived your life eating "forbidden foods".
Best of luck!
Hugo Rivera CFT, SPN, BSCE. is a lifetime natural bodybuilder, multi
certified personal trainer, industry consultant and fitness expert
who not only knows training and nutrition theory,
but also applies it on a daily basis as evidenced by the fact that
he's always in shape and by his awards and high placings at numerous
national level bodybuilding competitions. He is also an internationally
known best selling fitness author with a very successful franchise
of books called "The Body Sculpting Bibles" which collectively
have sold over a million copies. Hugo is also author of the very
Re-Engineering” e-book, which teaches you how to gain
lean muscle mass and get lean without drugs, or fancy expensive
supplements, using the secrets he devised after many years of weight
problems as a child.For
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