At this time of year, when weight control feels as though it’s impossible, there are sugary treats everywhere you look. Whether you’re at work, shopping, visiting with friends and family, or simply spending an evening at home, it’s as though sweet treats are multiplying it the pantry. If you have a sweet tooth, it’s easy to feel as though you don’t have a choice but to keep eating.
Fortunately, there are some things you can do to keep your weight control going while still appeasing your sweet tooth. Among the top options is fruit. These may not be the foods you’re actually craving, but if you have them handy and pop one into your mouth while you’re craving sweets, it can help!
If sugar cravings are one of your top problems during the holiday season, fruit has many benefits that can be helpful to you. For one thing, most fruit is sweet to some degree. That way, while you’re eating it, that need for something sweet can be satisfied. For another thing, fruit also contains both fiber and water. Both of those features can be helpful in controlling sugar cravings.
Staying hydrated on its own is helpful for reducing sugar cravings. That said, at this time of year, many people are at least a little bit dehydrated pretty much all the time. Focusing on drinking more water can be very effective at reducing sugar cravings, decreasing the appetite (and providing a spectrum of other benefits, as well). Eating fruit can give you a bit of a boost in that area.
The fiber in fruit is also great for helping to regulate blood sugar and to satisfy hunger. These are great for weight control in that they satisfy the need for something sweet while reducing your inclination to keep eating.
If you’re hoping to cut back on your sugar intake while still satisfying your sweet tooth, you’re in luck. There are many low-sugar fruits that taste sweet but that won’t skyrocket your sugar intake.
Consider the following fruits the next time you want to eat something sweet but still keep your weight control in mind. Each of these quantities represents about 100 grams of the fruit: