Small meals make a big difference: Eating 4 to 5 small meals regularly through the day will help stabilize your blood sugar levels. This helps curb hunger pangs and sugar cravings. Which, in turn, helps you stay away from that sugary snack.
Focus on what you’re eating, not what you’re not eating: To put it more simply, just eat more fruits and vegetables. Replace dessert with a fresh fruit or reach for a crisp and crunchy carrot when it’s time for your afternoon snack. Fruits and vegetables contain fiber which keeps your appetite satiated and helps you lose weight; healthy carbs for energy; and dozens of other beneficial nutrients and vitamins.
Plain yogurt is the best yogurt: Flavored yogurt, even the ones that claim to be low-fat, tends to be packed with sugar. Plain yogurt is healthy and natural, containing macrobiotics that are extremely beneficial for your digestive system. Don’t like the taste? Just add some fresh fruit.
Eat more protein: Like fiber, protein helps you stay fuller longer and also cuts the sugar cravings. Opt for healthy options like lean cuts of meat, poultry and fish. Are you vegetarian? No problem. From lentils to cottage cheese to tofu, you have a wide variety of protein to choose from.
Say no to fruit juice: There are plenty of brands selling fruit juice that claim to be a healthy and convenient replacement for fruit. Don’t buy what they’re saying (or selling). The healthiest part of fruit is its fiber – which is lost when it’s juiced. And most fruit juices contain added sugar. Way more than you realize. Reach for a wholesome orange instead of a carton of orange juice.
Keep the coffee simple: Don’t hop onto the mocha-flavored, hazelnut-sprinkled coffee bandwagon. Removing sugar from your coffee will have a huge impact on your daily calorie consumption. Can’t drink black coffee? Add some regular milk. Flavored milk also contains sugar.