Secrets to Suppressing Your Craving for Sugar

Dr. Jan McBarron
Apr 29, 2019 · 3 min read

Sugar is one of the main culprits behind the obesity epidemic that has swept the globe in recent decades. The United States has been hit particularly hard, with a staggering 39.6% of U.S adults being obese according to data from the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Health experts and government agencies around the globe are urging citizens to cut their sugar intake in response to the crisis. Given sugar is one of the most addictive substances in the world, that’s a lot easier said than done.

A study of rats conducted in 2007 showed that sugar is even more addictive than cocaine. When given a choice between the two, 94% of the rats chose sugar water over the highly addictive drug. They also displayed behavioral and neurochemical signs of craving and withdrawal when sugar was withheld from them.

For anyone trying to cut back or eliminate their sugar intake, award-winning medical doctor and weight loss expert Dr. Jan McBarron recommends using several proven methods to tackle the inevitable cravings. She shares a few of her most successful sugar-beating secrets below.

Play Tetris for a Few Minutes

Drink Something (That Doesn’t Contain Sugar)

Cut Out Stress to Cut Out Sugar

  • Breathing techniques such as breath focus or body scanning; these can be combined with mindfulness/meditation for added benefits
  • Laughing or smiling; even if forced, these actions signal to the subconscious that things are alright, and the stress response isn’t needed
  • Listening to relaxing instrumental music, including music with added nature sounds
  • Interacting with your pets
  • Working on a project that involves your hands including jig saw puzzle, knitting, cards

Dr. Jan McBarron Recommends Exercising

Dr. Jan McBarron

Jan McBarron, M.D.

Dr. Jan McBarron

Jan McBarron, M.D. has over 30 years of experience helping individuals lose weight and live healthier lives. For over 20 years, Dr. McBarron also co-hosted Duke & the Doctor, a leading, nationally syndicated health talk show.

Dr. Jan McBarron

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Dr. Jan McBarron of Duke and the Doctor is an award winning Bariatric Medical Doctor, author and popular public speaker.

Dr. Jan McBarron

Jan McBarron, M.D. has over 30 years of experience helping individuals lose weight and live healthier lives. For over 20 years, Dr. McBarron also co-hosted Duke & the Doctor, a leading, nationally syndicated health talk show.

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