Women often wonder why they crave sugar and whether or not they can curb those cravings. There are a number of reasons that women will crave sugar, with many of them being biological. Here are the top 3 reasons you may be craving sugar regularly:
When you have little sleep or no sleep and suffer from being overworked, chances are that you are experiencing severe adrenal fatigue. This extreme stress and fatigue on your body can lead to cravings that are greatly accentuated. Sugar naturally sends a jolt of energy to your body and when you are very exhausted, your body will begin to crave it. If you are trying to kick a sugar habit, be sure to get decent sleep at night, generally about 7 to 8 hours.
In some cases, the reason you may be craving sweets has to do with your diet. If you have been following a low fat and low carb diet for an extended length of time, your body can become resistant to insulin. If this happens, your body sends signals to your brain to continue eating sweets even though there is plenty of sugar in your blood. This is one of the side effects of using an appetite suppressant as well. In this case, even though you may be eating less, the fat deposits in your body will be increasing because of this constant craving. This can result in weight gain, instead of loss, while on this medication if you do not curb your cravings.
There is some research that points to a gene variant in some people that helps to maintain and handle sugar. It is thought that this gene is what causes the constant cravings for sweets and sugar. Researchers say that the gene, glucose transporter type 2, helps to regulate food intake. Research has concluded that regardless of factors like age, health and condition, people in the study with the gene variant consistently ate more sweets than those people without it.
The good news is that even if you do constantly crave sweets, there are ways to beat the cravings. One of the best ways to not overindulge is to eat small and healthy meals every two to four hours so that your blood sugar does not get low and trigger cravings. Be sure to mix an equal amount of relaxation and exercise into your routine to manage stress and fight fatigue. Most importantly, you will want to avoid skipping meals. This can cause more cravings, and you are more likely to eat sweets if you are hungry and trying to restrict your eating. Be sure you are getting your nutrition from healthy meals and snacks so that you are not starving yourself in an effort to lose weight.
If you still continue to crave sweets, you may have one of these biological reasons that are creating the problem. Try to identify what is causing your cravings, work on addressing the problem and overcoming the urge for sweets.