There is one problem that many bodybuilders must deal with and that’s how to beat sugar cravings. This can happen for many reasons, but there are two likely culprits. The first is a sugar addiction. The second is that once you’re body fat drops below 6%, your body is likely to crave more sugar. There are ways to combat sugar cravings, however.
Beat Sugar Cravings!
First, try to keep sugar out of your diet altogether. Just as energy creates energy — sugar creates the craving for more sugar. Also avoid eating foods that contain high fructose corn syrup. Start reading those labels! When you consume high fructose corn syrup, your brain doesn’t get that “I’m full” message.
Eat vegetables as much as possible during the day. Many people consume sugar in the hopes that it will give them more energy. Sugar will give you that extra energy — for a few minutes, before the crash comes. Vegetables, on the other hand, contain fiber, which helps to keep you feeling full. It also aids in digestion and will increase your metabolism.
Eat more food that you chew, and fewer foods that you drink. Protein shakes are great, and provide lots of minerals and nutrients that you need, but you need real food as well. Because your body works harder to digest solid food than it does liquid, eating real food will also increase your metabolism.
Stabilize your blood sugar levels with supplements. Chromium picolinate, alpha lipoic acid, and flaxseed oil are great for accomplishing this. Take 200 mcg of chromium during your first meal of the day, and then take 100 to 300 mg of Alpha Lipoic Acid during all other meals, as well as 1 to 2 tbsp of flaxseed oil during those meals.
Finally, drink plenty of water. This will not only help you to feel full, but will also prevent cravings that come about when one is becoming dehydrated. We do get sugar cravings when we start dehydrating!