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Why Do I Crave Sugar?

Updated: Nov 5, 2022

It can feel like an uphill battle, but you are not doomed like Sisyphus. And you don't need to be Zeus to win.

In this quick read, I'll share with you the most common reasons why you're struggling with sugar, and 3 strategies to break the cycle.


You know about the rollercoaster highs and lows caused by sugary sweets.

You may also know about white flour products that do the same thing.

You're avoiding these foods and still suffer cravings.

How come?


Ghrelin is the hormone that signals hunger. Leptin is the hormone that stops hunger. Leptin is triggered by higher blood sugar as well as the presence of insulin. These 2 things, blood sugar and insulin, work together and distribute energy(glucose) to your cells. They also signal the release of leptin. Leptin tells your brain that you are satisfied. "The energy tanks are full! You can stop eating!"



Did you know that artificial sugars don't raise your blood sugar? And neither does high fructose corn syrup! These sweeteners are shunted directly to the liver. They skip the bloodstream 'line'. Without an increase in blood sugar, the cascade of insulin and cellular uptake of energy is disrupted. Leptin is not released; your brain still thinks it needs food. A craving loop has started. See the illustration