Have you ever noticed that bouts of love for sweets are exacerbated after a hearty lunch or dinner, as well as during the cold autumn? Someone tries to fight this feeling with the help of willpower, while someone succumbs to temptation, for which they then pay on the treadmill. BeautyHack studied the "sweet" question and how to solve it with minimal damage to the figure.
According to statistics, more than 60% of overweight people "eat up" their problem, and only 40% have diseases and disorders of the endocrine system. And it is sweets that are the main culprits of the constant plus on the scales.
Immediately after a meal, blood glucose levels rise sharply. Moreover, the more carbohydrates the food contained, the higher the sugar concentration. In response to this, insulin begins to be actively produced in our body.- a hormone that transports glucose into cells, where it is used as energy or is stored "in reserve" in the form of fats. Lack of insulin is the cause of diabetes mellitus. But an excess of this hormone leads to the fact that the level of glucose in the blood drops sharply, so our body begins to demand sweets in order to replenish its reserves. In this case, we are talking about hypoglycemia. The mild form of this disease is accompanied by dizziness, general weakness and fatigue. It can develop during long breaks between meals (more than 6 hours), as well as during intense physical exertion.
Another fairly common reason for the appearance of an unbridled desire to eat a cake is the lack of vivid impressions and emotions. The fact is that glucose promotes the production of serotonin in the cerebral cortex. This substance is called the hormone of happiness because it is responsible for our mood and the degree of resistance to stress. But you can get serotonin not only from cheesecakes and cheesecakes. This substance is also produced during sports activities. So cravings for sweets can be "squatted" and "jumped" on a rope.
A banal lack of sleep can also provoke a need for glucose. Violation of the sleep / wake regime reduces the secretion of leptin, a hormone that regulates energy metabolism and is responsible for the regulation of appetite. Instead of eating a chocolate bar, try to get a healthy and safe sleep.
Lack of chromium, magnesium or phosphorus can also make you unable to walk past the bakery department. So, for example, low chromium levels cause a slowdown in carbohydrate metabolism. The result is that our body does not have enough energy, so it tries to get it by demanding dessert. Lack of phosphorus in the body will invariably backfire with excessive consumption of chocolates. To replenish its reserves, include more cereals, sea fish and eggs in the diet.
Ways to reduce sugar cravings
If your sugar cravings are beyond reasonable limits, the first thing nutritionists recommend is to eat any high-protein food! It helps to normalize blood sugar levels. A handful of nuts, a slice of boiled chicken, an omelet or a little tofu will not leave a trace of "sweet" hunger in 10-15 minutes.
If you still reach for dessert after consuming protein, brush your teeth! This allows you to switch taste buds.
The famous French nutritionist and active promoter of the chrono-diet (a nutritional system based on the body's biorhythms) Patrick Lecomte believes that you should not completely limit yourself to sweets. After analyzing the synthesis time of several dozen hormones and enzymes, he came to the conclusion that the optimal time for desserts is from 17:00 to 18:30 (such a theory completely destroys our idea of proper nutrition). As a delicacy, Lecomte recommends a baked apple with honey, a little chocolate, sorbet or a small cake weighing no more than 30 g. By the way, the nutritionist is convinced that you can eat sweets no earlier than 2 hours after waking up. At the same time, in the morning, he advises to give up even honey, since glucose for breakfast can cause rapid fatigue and lack of energy.
Text: Natalia Kapitsa