Nancy Dell: How to stop a sugar craving

Walk, dance, or march in place.

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1. I often crave sugar. How can I stop it?
Debbie, Internet

I think almost everyone craves sugar at one time or another especially in response to stress. In fact the word stressed spells “desserts” backwards, an interesting connection.  Plus, research shows sugar is as addictive as cocaine. So try to keep sugar out of your house and work place so you don’t give into temptation.  Out of sight, out of mind.

However, when the sugar craving hits, new research from the University of Innsbruck in Austria shows a short walk can reduce the craving. The researchers had 47 people who regularly ate sweets, refrain from eating them for 3 days. Then, in the lab they had 1/2 the group walk and the other half sit for 15 minute. Then they had both groups do a stressful task.

Next, the groups were given candy and told to unwrap it and handle it without eating it.  Their level of craving and emotional arousal were measured.  The people who exercised had less of an emotional response to the candy and would be less likely to give into temptation.

So the next time you are stressed or crave the sweets, walk, dance, or just march in place to help dissolve the craving.