Council number 1. Eat something protein
If not working: spend a day on chocolate
Natural yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese, kefir, boiled egg / omelette, lean meat, fish, nuts - nutritionists advise the first thing to eat something protein, when you want sweet. Protein-rich foods help stabilize blood sugar levels, and the “sweet” hunger subsides after just 15–20 minutes.
If this method does not work, try another: in order to overcome excessive craving for sweets, spend one day only on chocolate. For example, nutritionist Margarita Koroleva appoints 2-3 fasting days for chocolate to her sweet tooth clients.
Action plan: choose high-quality chocolate with a cocoa content of at least 75-80%. Divide 150 grams of chocolate into slices and eat only them during the day, dissolving them in the tongue. Only 6 receptions to 8 pm. You can drink tea and water without restrictions.
In addition to chocolate, a day on pineapple (1.2 kg of pulp cut into cubes and eat in 6 receptions until 8 pm), melon, and fruit jelly can help. After such a “discharge”, it will be easier for you to transfer the restrictions or even to completely give up sweets for some time.
Council number 2. Eat sweets for dessert only
If not working: arrange a sweet afternoon snack
A cake or a piece of cake right after a hearty lunch does not cause a sharp jump in blood sugar. You satisfy the need for sweet and at the same time do not lose the sense of proportion. If your lunch is just a piece of cake, the desire to eat one more piece can catch up in half an hour.
The advice is very true, but not for everyone: sometimes after dinner you simply do not want sweets, but in the evening you cannot stop yourself. Swiss nutritionist Patrick Lecont offers another solution. He analyzed the daily activity of hundreds of hormones and enzymes and came to the conclusion that the most harmonious time for desserts from the point of view of our biorhythms is from 17.00 to 18.30.
At this time, Leconte recommends eating a choice: one small cake, a slice of cake, fruit sorbet, ice cream (80 g), bitter chocolate (30 g) or a baked apple with honey or maple syrup. Such a sweet snack will reduce cravings for sweets in general.
Council number 3. Brush your teeth
If it doesn't work: hold the treat in your mouth and spit it out.
Brushing your teeth at the time of a keen desire to eat something sweet helps to switch taste buds. The taste in the mouth changes and the desire wanes. But no matter how hard I tried this trick, it doesn't work. But Karl Lagerfeld’s advice helped me: hold my favorite treat in my mouth and spit it out. The designer did so with Coca-Cola when he lost weight under the supervision of the famous French doctor Jean-Claude Udre. For a year with some 64-year-old Lagerfeld broke up with 42 kg.
Council number 4. Eat sweet once a week
If not working: eat sweets in tiny portions 3-4 times a week
Frequent advice of nutritionists: do not exclude your favorite food at all. Once a week it is quite possible to afford a large portion of tiramisu, a few cream cakes, etc. But this award must be earned - for the remaining six days, forget about delicacies.
Not everyone has such willpower. Running away from temptation is a bad way to handle it. So says Gillian Riley, one of the most well-known experts in the treatment of addictions (overeating, smoking).
If you like sweets - use this feature to find your individual style of nutrition. Very wisely, in my opinion, comes Inna Vidgof, an instructor for Yoga for Beginners and Breath of Yoga, on the TV channel “LIVE!”. She eats sweet 3-4 times a week, but in mini portions.
Usually, Inna chooses nectarine / handful of sweet berries, several dried fruits, a slice of homemade apple pie, two small cookies, 1-2 tablespoons of condensed milk.
Perhaps this or other of the above techniques will suit you more than the classic advice of nutritionists, and will help not to go beyond the bounds of reasonable with tasty, but low-useful food.