Sugar craving is a selective hunger that only focuses on sweet foods. This is an intense desire to eat sugary or sweet foods such as chocolates and cookies. It will leave you intensely hungry for a couple of hours. Most of the sugar cravings are not gone instantly unless you give in to it. You will end up reaching out for a soda or a candy bar.
Sugar cravings occur when your body has not yet fully adjusted to the VLCD. Sugar cravings are dangerous during the HCG diet. You cannot just snack anything including sugar during the HCG diet. Sugars contain no nutritional value, and it can severely impact your weight loss. Although it can provide a short-term hunger relief you will end up severely hungry after.
Four ways to stop sugar cravings during the HCG diet
#1- Remove all sugar-temptations in your food storage
Keep healthy food near you instead of sugary foods. Clear your food storage from sugary foods. Avoid picking foods that are not listed in your HCG diet food list. Do not eat anything when cravings strike. Find ways to keep yourself busy without involving foods.
#2- Stay hydrated
Cravings or hunger can also be a sign of dehydration. Your body needs an adequate amount of water to function properly. It maintains the proper flow of your blood and nutrients all over your body. Water also fills up the stomach, which helps cravings and hunger lessen.
#3- Eat a sufficient amount of protein
Eating high protein foods will slow down the release of hormones that trigger cravings. High-protein foods will keep you fuller for longer. Studies have shown that adding protein can curb cravings by increasing levels of the brain’s reward hormone
#4- Get enough time of sleep
Sleep deprivation can cause food cravings. This happens mostly to women. That is why you have to take at least 8 hours of sleep per day to avoid occurrences of cravings. Lack of sleep increases the risk of occurrences of cravings. You need to get a complete-time of sleep to successfully kick out cravings. A complete sleep can also alleviate high-stress levels.
What will happen when you give in to cravings on the HCG diet?
Weight gain and weight loss stalls can happen when you give in to sugar cravings. Sugars are not allowed during the HCG diet because it interferes with the HCG. Giving in to cravings will gain back the weight that has been lost. Take note that even the slightest mistake matters most during the HCG diet. That’s why you have to fully adhere to the diet protocol to avoid slips.
Are there any replacements to sugar during the HCG diet?
Yes. You can replace sugar with stevia. It is a plant-based product that produces a sweet taste the same as sugar. Stevia can be added to your foods and your coffee as well. This kind of sweetener does not affect or interfere with the mechanism of HCG. You can also eat fruits as a replacement for your unhealthy snacks such as cookies. Fruits such as apple are naturally sweet in flavor. It can help you deal with sugar cravings during the VLCD.