Getting off of grains, most fruits and sugar products is very hard. As you do it, your body and MIND have been trained to look for the “hit” at the pleasure point in your brain. In a way, you conditioned or brainwashed your brain to want and need the sugar, but over time, you can get over it. You allowed the foods that you were conditioned to eat do this to you and you have no idea that this was happening. You were conned into buying and eating those foods, without realizing how they would have control over you like an addict has no control over their need for their drug of choice. So, fight back.
How to get through the cravings.
- Drink lots of sugar-free fluids.
- Get enough lean protein and fiber. There have been studies. The people who eat more protein report feeling less hungry. When I am hungry, I get a protein bar, protein drink, some meat or a piece of cheese and it satisfies the cravings. The second thing that fills me up is fiber. That is in vegetables, but also in protein bars and protein drinks. A lot of people will eat cereal to fill them up and that has fiber, but it also is mostly carbs and not only will you gain weight or not lose any weight, but you will be hungry again very soon after and go through a sugar rollercoaster.
- Eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. The more fruit and vegetables that are in the diet, the greater the weight loss and you are less likely to say that you feel hungry on any given day. Have you ever tried to eat a lot of vegetables? You get full fast, right? It is the fiber!
Studies have show that changing your habits to focus on protein, water and fiber-rich foods helps maintain weight loss for many years. I try to stay away from sugar. If it is natural and in my fruit, etc.–that is fine, but if you have a sugar product, your brain will want more. It is a lot of work fighting the pleasure center of your brain. Consider alternative products without a lot of sugar, corn-syrup, etc.