What Causes Sugar Addiction?

It is important to know the causes of sugar addiction so you can then work out how to stop sugar cravings. Plus, by controlling your cravings for sugar you give yourself a much better chance to lose weight and get in great shape.

In this article we will examine the most common causes of sugar cravings and/ or addiction, why they causes the cravings and then provide you with the links and resources you need to be able to overcome them forever!

Here are some causes of sugar addiction:

What Causes Sugar Addiction?

Irregular meals

Eating irregularly is highly likely to result in some degree of sugar addiction or at the very least sugar cravings. It is particularly noticeable in people who skip breakfast. Not only does their metabolism slow down as a result of missing this meal but they are also likely to experience some degree of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar, which will result in sugar cravings or in the long term, sugar addiction.

It is also very common for people to experience sugar cravings when they miss their mid-afternoon meal. When this occurs and they arrive home from work or school they are far more likely to reach for the a quick 'pick-me-up' snack food, which is often chocolate, crisps or other concentrated source of sugar, carbohydrates and/ or fat! These are of course the worst options to have when you're hungry because you're far more likely to eat too much!

Having 5 or 6 small meals a day consistently will definitely go a long way in helping keep your blood sugar level stable, and avoid sugar cravings and/ or sugar addiction.

Not having 'complete' meals

Many people will have carbohydrate-based foods for their meals and/ or snacks. For example, they may have a piece of fruit or a low-fat muffin for their mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack or they may have a salad sandwich or roll for their lunch.

The problem with these meals is that they are almost exclusively carbohydrate. The problem with this approach is that in most cases the carbohydrates from the food get absorbed quickly into the blood stream. This results in a corresponding surge of blood sugar, which the body responds to by secreting insulin to lower the blood sugar again. Often, the blood sugar gets too low and this induces sugar cravings.

Mineral deficiencies

If your body is craving certain nutrients, particularly minerals, you will tend to get cravings. Often these cravings are mis-interpreted as cravings for sugar.

By simply taking a high-quality multi-vitamin/ mineral supplement, every day you can avoid getting the sugar cravings or sugar addiction that results from lacking certain minerals in your body.

Plus, minerals like chromium are required for proper metabolism of carbohydrates (including sugar) and if high levels of refined carbohydrates are consumed, the body becomes depleted of chromium and this may also result in cravings for minerals.

Hormonal changes

At different stages during a woman's cycle her level of hormones change quite dramatically. At the end of her cycle the level of estrogen drops significantly and this results in a corresponding reduction of the level of serotonin in her brain. A low serotonin level results in strong sugar cravings.

As a result, it may beneficial for a woman to use a supplement that helps to increase serotonin production at the end of her cycle. 5-hydroxy-tryptophan (5HTP) is a good example. When using 5-HTP always have it on an empty stomach because it competes with other amino acids for the transport molecule in order to cross the blood-brain barrier. This is the same reason why it is better to have a supplement form of 5HTP or tryptophan as opposed to whole foods that are high in tryptophan.

Exercise or having a fast metabolism

Exercise or having a fast metabolism results in the body using up a greater amount of fuel (carbohydrate and fat). This means that the blood sugar is likely to become quite low after an exercise session or if you don't have enough food in a meal or have too much time between meals. All of these factors result in sugar cravings due to the low blood sugar level.

Conditioned responses

Sugar addiction is caused by conditioned responses in some cases. This means that the person's brain has linked two activities together, one of which is eating high-sugar foods.

For example, when someone gets home from work or school if they haven't had anything for their mid-afternoon snack/ meal they will often feel hungry, which results from their low blood sugar level (discussed earlier). As a result of this hunger, they will often eat (or drink) something that helps to increase their blood sugar and therefore overcome the feeling of hunger.

If this same situation occurs about half a dozen times or more, the person's brain will automatically link the two activities together; getting home and eating sugar. This may lead to severe sugar addiction.

The examples provided in this article give you the most common causes of sugar addiction and sugar cravings.

If you would like to discover more strategies to help you stop sugar cravings, get a copy of Conquer Your Sugar Cravings.

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