No more sweet surrender: 5 ways to beat your sugar cravings

ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton offers approaches to beating your sugar addiction, from reading labels to giving up sugar cold turkey.
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I am breaking down shook her. A lot of people are interested in how to reduce added sugar in their diets I'm gonna share with you some of my best tips for cutting share. There's hidden sugar in. Almost everything that's on the shelf it can be in the skies under a variety of different names like. Molasses. And warm you know monk fruit and I wanna be crystal clear. In the Pallet on our taste buds in the rain in the rewards scanner and in the gut. All sugar pretty much acts the same in terms of stimulating war sugar seeking behavior here's the bottom line. Is metabolic Lee and behavioral Lee. Addicting that doesn't mean that it's all bad we have to remember that every cell in our body actually. Runs on glucose but that's very different than saying that oh we just need more and more and more of it. Here in the numbers the need to be aware of when you talk about sugar added sugar. Maximum limits her day for women are 25 grams a day for men about 37 grams a day. And the vast majority of Americans from kids to adults are getting way too much. Tip number one if you're trying to cut sugar cold Turkey there is some feed that supports the fact that. Sugar addiction is really the same in terms of our brain's biochemistry. As addiction to cocaine. So has as one try to kick cocaine habit. Cold Turkey usually so you can try that with sugar cold Turkey you wake up 1 morning you decide you're gonna cut the sugar in your diet. And start reading those labels and you know avoid all suite. Foods beverages. Candy is at satirist that are a tip number two. Slowed taper. That means OK you've decided you want to try to reduce sugar in your diet and so you just. Slowly. Tapered maybe for you that's not having that so it or from choose her sweet trained. And it's not having dessert maybe it's not having candy whatever it is. This loads paper instead of cold Turkey have numbers race. The five day to day approach what does that mean. Monday through Friday you are super strength. So you're reading labels you're not eating sweets you're not drinking sugar sweetened beverages here not adding showed thirty year cost BT. This Saturday and Sunday. You can relax. Interesting thing happens when you try this five day two day crash first of all that lands so five days. It's two days anything you do for five days is going to be. Eventually have more impact than things you do for two days as a second thing that happens is you'll start to lose weight because that is always a byproduct of cutting sugar. And as that picks up. It will be positive reinforcement for you do this more and lastly. Metabolic Lee you will gradually lose your taste. For those sweet sweet sweet foods and drinks a big one don't drink your calories this to me should be like. Nutrition. Bible there are so many things that are agreed to eat. Try not to add calories tiered data de kind of tally with what you're drinking really go for. Calorie free beverages now. What does that mean ideally water or seltzer. In that short term however. Yes a diet beverage is better than a full calorie beverage. But there has been some pretty interesting data that suggests that even diet soda activate that thing center in the rain and snow. Not I deal. In the short term it might be fine but I think just try everything you can don't drink your counselors. At the end of the day people need to find what works for them. Is not one size fits all but I do think that we can't. Consumed foods and beverages with blinders on we need to understand what we're putting our body is. And what that's doing to our bodies just be accountable to you. This is an and an explanation you anyone else you owe yourself. The opportunity to be as healthy. As happy. If that means cutting Schechter a little.

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