Craving sugar is common for lots of people. Like, lots of people! It usually happens when the blood glucose levels in our bodies drop. Most people eat a high-carb, high-sugar diet and this leads to repeated sugar cravings and sugar addictions.
Even if you're on a keto diet, it’s still possible for you to have such cravings and this is especially true for people who are still in the early stages of the diet. The drastic changes from bulking up on carbs and giving in to sugar cravings, to suddenly limiting carbs and sugar intake may cause a temporary upset in your system leading to increased urges to eat something sweet.
So why do you get those cravings and what can you do about it? Below, I'll outline the reasons for getting sugar cravings along with my top seven 'go to' snacks to beat the urges and keep you on track to your keto goals.
Sugar and the keto diet
With a keto diet, you limit your intake of carbs to just a small percentage of your daily calories. This means that you only take a few grams of carbs per day depending on your body type, your goals, and the level of your activity.
Your sugar intake should be less than a few grams each day and if you want to get into ketosis, then these drastic changes are very important. But sugar has an addictive effect and if you quickly remove it from your diet, it can give you withdrawal symptoms which include depression, fatigue, muscle aches, and headaches - I have written a blog post here about sugar withdrawal, along with a video you can watch below.
So although it’s not easy to quit sugar, it’s also not impossible, and like anything in life, you rarely get the rewards without putting in a little effort!
So Why Do You Crave Sugar?
There are many reasons why you might be craving sugar and here are some of them.
Working out at the gym is good because it helps you to lose weight, build your muscles and give you a better mood. However, overtraining and not fuelling correctly before and after the session can lead to sugar cravings. When there is stress, the body produces the hormone cortisol which floods your body and causes glucose to be released from your liver which raises your blood sugar.
These fluctuations in blood sugar can cause cravings, so constant stress due to hard workouts can lead to sugar cravings.