(Also read: How to Manage Your Sugar Intake)
It's hard to resist that creamy cupcake or that chocolaty ice-cream but there are ways to do so. It is alright to indulge every once in a while but remember that most of the sweets you like contain refined sugar which is nothing but a source of empty calories (with no nutritional value) and one of the biggest contributors to obesity and weight gain. One way could to have a contrasting flavour when you crave sugar like spicy nuts or citrus fruits. Also, sugar cravings are the strongest after a meal or few hours after it because your blood sugar tends to dip. Make sure you have small but frequent meals (preferably every three hours) through the day. According to Celebrity Nutritionist, Pooja Makhija, sugar cravings are a sign of hunger or the fact that you are depriving your body of the calories that you need. Therefore, she suggests that you never skip a meal and start with a protein-rich breakfast. Inadequate sleep is another factor that can make you crave sugar as your brain secretes hormones that regulate the blood sugar levels in your body. When it doesn't get enough rest, the brain may not be able to function at its optimum level and that can have an impact on your body and what it needs. Lastly, keep your self hydrated at all times as the body tends to confuse thirst with hunger. Grab a fruit juice or a bowl or fruits whenever that sugar craving strikes!