Do you have a strong sweet tooth? Are you constantly craving sweets, even when you’re trying to cut back? Does your diet suffer from too much sugar consumption? Though delicious when enjoyed on occasion, sweets aren’t something you should have too much of – though, for those with a sweet tooth, avoiding candies and cakes is easier said than done. Fortunately, there are ways to desensitize a sweet tooth. Here are three ideas.
Limit Your Consumption of Added Sweeteners
If you consume a lot of sugar or find yourself constantly craving sugar, you’ll want to begin reducing your consumption by weaning yourself off added sweeteners. Don’t go cold turkey – if you do, you’re more likely to pick up the habit once more. A gradual approach is best. For example, if you usually load your oatmeal or coffee with sugar, reduce the amount of sugar a little at a time, so that your body can learn to enjoy oatmeal or coffee without the sweetness.
Check Food Labels
Did you know that 61 different varieties of sugar are found in food, including cane sugar, beet sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, and maltose? No wonder so many of us struggle with weight and health issues – our foods are loaded with added sugars. However, it’s up to you, not the U.S. government, to always check the sugar content and ingredients list on food labels, before you consume anything. If some type of sugar is high on the list, steer clear of that food, or look for an option with less added sugar.
Indulge in Sweets Selectively
Eliminating sweets altogether may not be realistic – who wants to go through life without the occasional sweet treat? However, the best way to consume sweets is to make it a rare – not every day – occurrence. Try to limit your sugar indulgences to once or twice a week. Instead of eating four cookies or getting a large ice cream cone, have one cookie and get a single scoop. Learn to enjoy the flavors and savor the experience, so that you can get the most from your moment of indulgence.
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