Five Symptoms That You're Addicted to Sugar

Author: Kristjan Gunnarsson
Published: June 08, 2012 at 11:37 am

Have you ever tried kicking the sugar habit? Perhaps you've been trying to lose weight for a long time, but consistently catch yourself going back to eating candy and ice cream.

Well, some people and some doctors believe sugar to be addictive in a way that is similar to many narcotics.

Here are five symptoms that you're addicted to sugar.

1. You Crave Sugar Despite Being Full

If you are generally well nourished and have just finished a fulfilling meal, and still find yourself craving sugar, then that is a clear sign of something unnatural.

2. You Feel Guilty Afterwards, But Do it Again Soon

It is common to get a guilty conscience after an unplanned "cheat meal". If this happens to you, but you still find yourself doing it again soon, then you may have a problem.

3. You Have Tried to Quit Multiple Times

Perhaps you've realized that all the sugar you're eating may be hindering your weight loss efforts. Now you try to quit eating sugar, but still find yourself reaching for a treat several days later. Perhaps this has happened repeatedly and you're constantly angry at yourself for the lack of willpower.

4. You Make up Excuses About Why You Should Cheat

The way a craving feels is like your brain is arguing with itself, trying to sell you some excuse as to why it would be a good idea to indulge, despite having made a decision not to.

5. You Can't Quit Despite Physical Problems

Perhaps you've got bad breath, acne or your teeth are getting damaged. You may even be severely overweight and diabetic. You know these serious physical problems are caused by your unhealthy lifestyle and still you just can not quit, no matter what.

Final Words

If some of these symptoms apply to you, then you may have a serious problem. The best thing you can do for your health is to drastically reduce or even eliminate added sugar from your life.


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A med student, personal trainer and professional nutrition blogger. Helping people make informed decisions about their health based on the best scientific evidence available.

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