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HOW TO OUTSMART YOUR SWEET TOOTH

HOW TO OUTSMART YOUR SWEET TOOTH

Humans are programmed to like sugary things, when it was ‘run fast or get eaten’. We haven’t seen a sabre-tooth tiger on the tube recently. Most of us have access to far more food than is good for us. That means the sugar probably needs to be turned down.

If you are a sugar-monster, there are ways to defeat it without making life miserable.

IS THERE ANY SCIENCE BEHIND THE IDEA OF A SWEET TOOTH?

Surprisingly, yes. Some people are physically less sensitive to the sweet taste and so can tolerate higher sugar levels. So they will happily eat food that others find too sickly-sweet to enjoy.

WHY IS A SWEET TOOTH BAD?

It won’t be news that too much sugar = too much waistline. Regular sugar intake is also bad for teeth. The childhood warnings about ‘too many sweets rot your teeth’ still apply to adults.  The sweet tooth cannot be allowed to rule!

WHAT CAN I DO TO BEAT THE CRAVING?

Two words; training and alternatives.

Training means educating yourself out of your sweet tastes. Don’t laugh – it can be done. Perhaps limit the ‘builders’ tea’ to the first one of the day, then go no-sugar after that. If no-frills coffee is too bitter, try a different flavour or add more milk. Consider sweeteners if you really can’t give up the sugar. There’s no evidence that they are harmful, although the taste is never the same. Who knows, maybe that will make you go for unsweetened drinks!

There are plenty of alternatives to piling in the sugar. Reach for an apple, a banana or an orange instead of a chocolate bar. That way you still get some sugar, but wrapped in nutrition too.  

Keep filling foods easily available to fend off the munchies. Reserve the cakes and biscuits for an occasional treat.  And of course, distract yourself with your Hussle workout. Replace the sugar rush with the exercise high!

 

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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