Symptoms, conditions and causes

Why am I craving sugar?

Craving sugar is a very common problem, especially if you are trying to get onto a healthy diet. It can be caused by several underlying issues. Let’s break it down and look at some simple remedies to the problem.

Cause #1: High-carb diet

When you are on a high-carb diet your body will produce insulin (fat-storing hormone) to lower the blood sugar spikes. High blood sugar will make you feel satisfied after the high-sugar / high- carb meal. However, a few hours later, the insulin will drop the blood sugar too low, causing you to crave these foods again. The cycle repeats.

Additionally, consuming refined carbs and sugar increases the hormones and chemicals in the body that are related to pleasure, making you feel satisfied when you are consume them.

A high-carb diet is very addictive, with many side effects.

The solution is to get on the Healthy Keto® diet and intermittent fasting. When you start following them, in a few days your body will adapt to a new healthy type of fuel: ketones (instead of sugar).

Ketones are a byproduct of your body burning its own fat. If your body is adapted to ketones you will feel much more energetic, less stressed, healthier, and you will have no cravings or hunger whatsoever. As an additional reward, you will burn fat.

Remedies:

  • Reduce sugar / refined carbs in your diet

  • Avoid snacking

  • Do the Healthy Keto® diet

  • Do an intermittent fasting plan

  • Add gymnema to reduce cravings

Cause #2: Snacking

Eating between meals, even if it’s not much food, will raise your level of insulin. This is because eating in general will raise insulin. Insulin in turn will lower your blood sugar levels, and shortly after your snack you will feel hunger and cravings again.

Remedies:

  • Avoid snacking

  • Don’t keep the snack food at home

  • Add more fat to your meals

Cause #3: Stress

When you are undergoing stress, you may feel like eating sweets and carbohydrates. This usually has its roots in being accustomed to a high-carb diet. When you eat carbs out of stress, you may feel satisfied temporarily, because your blood sugar and dopamine (pleasure-related chemical produced by your body) go high. Shortly after, when they drop, you will feel stressed again and will crave carbs to feel better. The solution would be to get on the right diet and get your stress levels under control.

Additionally, if you constantly undergo stress, your stress hormone, called cortisol, is going to break down your body proteins and turn them into sugar. This will spike your blood sugar and make your body produce insulin to lower it. Once blood sugar is lowered below the normal level, you will crave sugar and carbs.

Remedies:

  • Concurrent with other remedies: lower the carbs in your diet

  • Take B vitamins (nutritional yeast)

  • Take magnesium

  • Take lemon balm tea

  • Take L-theanine

  • Take adaptogens

  • I recommend ashwagandha

  • Take magnolia

  • Avoid people/things that stress you out

  • Improve sleep

  • Take long walks

If you are following a keto diet and intermittent fasting and still crave sugar

If you are following the Healthy Keto® diet and intermittent fasting and still crave sugar and carbs, there’s something wrong. Sugar cravings mean your body is not burning your own fat. The absolute best indicator of being in ketosis (when your body is burning its own fat) is that you have no hunger or cravings at all.

The most common cause of this problem during keto and IF is that the carbs in your diet are still too high. Look for any hidden carbs in your diet and avoid them.

Gradual is the key

If you’ve just started with keto and intermittent fasting, you need to know that it is very important to start gradually. For example if you started right away with 1 meal a day, that could cause a great deal of difficulty, making it hard to keep going and follow the plan.

What you should do first on keto: 3 meals a day, cutting out all snacking. Do that for some time, until you feel comfortable, and then reduce it to 2 meals a day. By letting your body adapt gradually, you will reduce the stress of transitioning to a new diet.

Eventually you will feel much better and your cravings will go away, which is the best indicator of being in ketosis.

Additional tips:

  • Take electrolytes (potassium, magnesium)

  • Remove high-carb foods from your house

  • Check labels on what you are eating (food descriptions) for sugar levels / carbohydrates

  • Avoid foods with maltodextrin (spikes insulin)

  • Add gymnema (regulates blood sugar)

  • Add more vegetables (7 to 10 cups daily)

  • Add sodium (Himalayan salt)

  • Add B1 (nutritional yeast)

  • Add apple cider vinegar (1 to 2 teaspoons stirred into about a cup of water)

Crave sugar just before or during the menstrual cycle?

If you are following Healthy Keto® and you have sugar cravings just before or during the menstrual cycle this can be caused due to your estrogen (female hormone) being too low.

Remedies:

  • Take L-tryptophan (always on an empty stomach)

  • Take boron

  • Take flaxseed oil

  • Take much more vitamin B1:

    • nutritional yeast

    • benfotiamine (fat-soluble B1)

  • Take vitamin C complex (not synthetic C / ascorbic acid)

  • Take vitamin D

  • During period take magnesium and calcium

  • Avoid cruciferous vegetables

  • Avoid DIM (natural estrogen blocker)

Other causes:

  • High estrogen

  • Menopause

  • Ovulation

  • Anti-anxiety drugs

  • Antibiotics

  • Lack of sleep

  • Injury

Last updated: Mar 16, 2024 21:13 PM