I’m addicted to sugar and its causing me to gain weight. How can I stop?
First of all I do not believe you are ‘addicted’ to sugar.
But if you say that you are, so essentially you keep telling yourself that you are, it will appear to be so.
So the first thing to do is to stop focusing on the ‘addiction’ you believe you have and work out why you are wanting to eat those sugar-laden foods.
(I’m assuming it is food with sugar in it that you are ‘addicted’ to, not that you are downing packets of straight sugar – right?)
- Is it that you are trying to lose weight using an all-or-nothing approach? So essentially you are trying not to eat any of those sometimes or occasional foods. Then it could simply be that you have restricted yourself too much and need to loosen the reigns a little
- Do you prefer sweet over savoury but aren’t allowing yourself anything sweet? Many people trying to avoid sugar also unfortunately avoid eating fruit – which is completely unnecessary.
- Perhaps you are skipping breakfast and finding that you have ‘3.30-itis’ where you crave something sweet. Well the solution to that is to eat breakfast (it doesn’t have to be a big breakfast – just eat something and you will find the afternoon craving lessens)
- Are you not getting enough sleep, so your body is asking for fast-to-digest food as a way of boosting your energy levels? In this case go to bed earlier – 8 hours of good quality, unbroken sleep is what you need, regardless of whether your body feels ‘F.I.N.E’
- Or you may be a super-busy person looking after everybody else and find at the end of the day you turn to eating something sweet as a form of ‘nurturing’ yourself. Scheduling in some different nurturing time (non-food related that is) could fix your ‘sugar’ craving. Its worth doing this regardless of cravings BTW!
So instead of just focusing on having an ‘addiction’ – start looking at WHY and see what you come up with!
I hope that helps 🙂