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by Jerome Princy (2020-02-29)

Pasta, chocolate biscuits, pastries StrictionD Review and bread... popular carbohydrate or sugar cravings. These cravings are not caused by being weak willed... sugar cravings are created by biological properties of the food itself. That is, certain foods have a chemical makeup with an addictive component which cause you to crave them. Sugar, or carbohydrates, are not simply sweet... in addition to the taste, they have a mild drug like effect. They affect your brain in a similar way to the opiate drugs, morphine and heroin, but not as strongly. This effect is why people crave sugar, especially during times of stress. When you are stressed, your adrenal glands produce more of the hormone cortisol, which stimulates the production of a brain chemical called "neuropeptide Y". This chemical is a type of sugar craving switch, which is also responsible for your body holding onto the new fat your body produces. Stress not only triggers sugar cravings, it also makes it difficult for you to lose weight. Cortisol also stimulates insulin which leads to dips in your blood sugar levels, and fat storage. Eat a healthy breakfast. Eat small meals containing protein every few hours to keep your blood sugar levels stable. Skipping meals will cause low blood sugar levels... sugar cravings kick in when you are hungry. Cravings are stronger when you are not sleeping well... engage in physical exercise regularly so you are tired enough to sleep soundly. When you are well rested, sugar cravings often disappear. Avoid situations that trigger your cravings... identify your triggers and eliminate them as much as possible. Don't tease yourself by having unhealthy foods available... by leaving them alone for a few weeks your desire for unhealthy foods will fade the longer you are away from them. Drink a large glass of water... cravings sometimes indicate a need for fluids. If you find you just can't help yourself and the sugar craving wins, take a thirty minute walk after your treat... exercise will help to regulate your blood sugar level.

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