Are you someone who loves sweet treats but also wants to live a healthy, low-carb lifestyle? Well, you’re not alone. Meet Julie Flynn, a self-proclaimed sweet snacker who thought she could never give up her favorite treats. But guess what? She not only eliminated her sugar cravings, but she also shed 30 pounds in the process. Find out how she did it!
How to stop sugar cravings instantly (and lose 30 pounds)
Do you ever feel like sugar cravings are driving you crazy? You’re not alone.
Many people struggle with the same issue, and it can be hard to break the cycle of craving sugary snacks and drinks all day long.
Let us introduce you to Julie Flynn, one of our amazing Thinlicious clients.
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Her story is truly inspiring because her journey wasn’t just about losing weight. It was about reaching a point where she was tired of feeling sick and tired. She wanted to get rid of inflammation and break free from her long-held sugar addiction, which she never thought she could overcome.
Meet Julie Flynn!
“Hi, I’m Julie. I’m 43 years old, and I have a desk job, so I can relate to all of you who understand the challenges that come with it. I work as an engineer at a manufacturing company, so sitting at a desk has been a struggle for me when it comes to my weight, particularly in the past 10 to 15 years.
When I started reading about Thinlicious and TAS (Thin Adapated System), the one thing that stood out to me was the idea of tackling my sugar cravings. This was a game-changer for me!
Ruth mentioned the importance of managing blood sugar, and being someone who has always been addicted to sugar, I knew I had to make a change.
When I started, I was a bit worried about experiencing sugar withdrawal when I started my keto-style diet, especially after hearing about my friend’s experiences with the keto flu. But I took the plunge, got everything I needed, and haven’t looked back since! I’ve been sticking to my new eating plan and feeling great.”
Julie’s journey to stop her sugar cravings
Does a lot of Julie’s story sound familiar? We understand, especially for those who are used to eating sugary snacks throughout the day. But we’re here to tell you that it is possible to stop your sugar cravings and actually enjoy a low-carb lifestyle!
That being said, her journey curbing her sugar cravings was not easy. She had to make drastic changes in order to reach her goal, such as cutting out all added sugars and processed foods.
But, before she could ever THINK about doing any of that, she really had to ask herself…
Is sugar really an addiction?
Yes, it is.
Did you know that sugar can be more addictive than cocaine? It’s not something we often talk about, but it’s a truth that’s rarely discussed in society. What’s even more concerning is how socially acceptable it is to be addicted to sugar.
Think about it: if someone had a cocaine habit, we would be quick to intervene and offer support. But if someone admits to needing candy or soda every day, it’s shrugged off as no big deal.
This double standard is a big problem.
The difficulty in overcoming sugar cravings and addiction is also magnified by the fact that sugar is often seen as a symbol of love. People offer us apple pies, our favorite desserts, and candies as tokens of affection.
It’s no wonder kicking this addiction is an uphill battle!
Why am I craving sugar?
When you experience cravings for sweets, it’s usually because your body is lacking something.
Common deficiencies that can lead to sugar cravings include minerals like:
That’s why it can be helpful to take a multivitamin supplement that contains these key ingredients – when your body gets the minerals it needs; the cravings should go away!
There can also be emotional and stress triggers that cause sugar cravings. It’s important to recognize the underlying issue behind your cravings and address it rather than just giving in to them every time.
Benefits to stopping sugar cravings
The benefits of kicking your sugar cravings to the curb are huge!
Not only will you lose weight, but you’ll also be improving your overall health. Eating a diet that’s low in sugar and processed foods can:
- Reduce inflammation
- Improve gut health
- Reduce your risk for chronic illnesses like type 2 diabetes.
Plus, when you’re not spending all your energy obsessing over sugary snacks, you can focus on creating daily healthy habits that will benefit you in the long run.
For Julie, she found that she was basically a new person!
“I’m so much happier now that I don’t feel terrible all the time. It makes such a difference in my day. I don’t need a nap in the afternoon, or a cup of coffee, or a snack.
Luckily, I don’t feel drained or want to hide under the covers because I’m exhausted. I used to have that after-lunch slump, but not anymore.
And now, I can do all the things I struggled with before, like dealing with achy joints. My knees and hips don’t hurt as much anymore!
Sometimes, the changes you see aren’t always big bursts of energy but rather the absence of tiredness, inflammation, and joint pain.”
How to curb sugar cravings
If you’ve been trying to kick your sweet tooth and need a little extra help getting rid of those sugar cravings, here are some proven tips.
Start your day with a protein-rich breakfast
This will help to balance your blood sugar and keep you full for longer. A protein-rich breakfast might include:
Also, starting the day with a protein-heavy meal can give you energy and help you avoid the dreaded mid-morning crash that usually leads to a sugary snack.
Don’t skip meals
When you skip meals, your blood sugar drops and causes issues as well as cravings. Eating regular meals with protein throughout the day will help to keep your blood sugar levels steady.
Skipping meals can also lead to overeating later in the day.
Stock up on healthy alternatives
Having healthy snacks on hand can do wonders when it comes to curbing those cravings.
Julie shares, “If you’re unsure where to begin, start by selecting a few recipes that catch your eye and don’t have any strange ingredients. Look for recipes that you know you’ll enjoy and feel confident making.
Personally, there are certain recipes that I could make over and over again because I love them so much. So, find a few of your favorites and focus on making those dishes for now. Don’t worry if you’re okay with eating the same things frequently – there’s no need to overcomplicate things.”
It’s also helpful to have healthy alternatives on hand. Everything from low-carb sugar substitutes to crunchy veggies and low carb fruits—anything you think will help you curb and keep those sugar cravings at bay.
Julie’s favorite Thinlicious recipes
Need somewhere to start? Here are Julie’s favorite recipes!
Drink more water
Sometimes, we can confuse thirst with hunger. So when you get a craving for something sweet, try drinking an eight-ounce glass of water first and see if that satisfies the craving.
If it doesn’t, then it might be time to reach for one of those healthy snacks!
Water can be a natural appetite suppressant and helps keep your body hydrated.
Note: You should try this lemon electrolyte drink to mix things up a bit!
Avoid eating late at night
Sugar cravings at night are the absolute worst!
Our bodies are naturally designed to rest and repair while we sleep. But if you’re eating late at night, then your body won’t be able to properly digest the food and will cause cravings the next day.
Try to finish dinner no later than two hours before bedtime.
Get regular exercise
Exercise is a great way to combat sugar cravings, as it releases endorphins that make us feel good and also help regulate our insulin levels.
Incorporating regular physical activity into your routine will not only help curb cravings but also provide you with many other amazing health benefits.
Tip: Looking to get more exercise? Consider getting a dog! Just kidding! Well, maybe… maybe not?
We recently took some time to ask Julie some questions about her 30-pound weight loss journey and going through TAS (Thin Adapted System). We wanted to share them with you in case you were having the same questions yourselves!
What made you decide you wanted to try Thinlicious and our program?
“I received an email from Ruth about Thinlicious at the perfect time!
Truthfully, I had been thinking about getting back into something and had been following Ruth for years, along with many others. I trust her and have seen her results. So I thought, why not give it a try?
I signed up in June, but I didn’t start right away. First, I wanted to get everything in order and make sure I had the necessary tools, like ordering my Keto Mojo. I finally started on June 20th, a couple weeks into the initial 28-Day Metabolism Reset.”
What was your initial goal? What were you hoping to achieve when you started?
“One of the major life-changers for me was realizing the impact of my sugar addiction. It wasn’t just about losing weight but also managing my blood sugar levels.
And let me tell you, I’ve always been a sucker for sugar. I used to have a daily candy bar or cookie habit that was definitely not healthy.
So breaking free from that addiction became my top priority. And you know what? It has brought along so many other wonderful benefits, like feeling better and shedding some pounds.”
Did you struggle with keto flu?
“No, I didn’t. Honestly, I was really surprised. So that was one of the things that caught me off guard when I started the keto diet.
I usually make sure to stay well-hydrated. I’ve also been pretty dedicated to taking my vitamins and supplements for many years, so I was already doing things to support my health. And that makes a huge difference because a lot of the symptoms of the keto flu are related to dehydration and lack of essential minerals like magnesium and potassium.”
What have been the other benefits that you’ve seen since getting a handle on your sugar cravings?
“In just 28 days, I lost eight pounds, and that was incredibly encouraging. It’s been an awesome journey! From June 20th to mid-October, I managed to shed a total of 30 pounds. It may sound crazy, but it’s true! I couldn’t believe it myself.
To make things even better, I took my measurements a few weeks ago, and the results were mind-blowing. I lost four inches off my chest, five inches off my waist, and three and a half inches off my hips. Every bit of progress shows when you’re five foot two like me, unlike tall people who can hide it better.
But it’s not just about the numbers. I feel amazing. I have more energy than ever before, and that dreaded mid-afternoon slump? It’s a thing of the past. I never thought I could experience the surge of energy that comes with stopping sugar cravings, but here I am, feeling incredible at three o’clock in the afternoon without needing a snack or a nap.
I have to admit, though, I had a relapse after reaching my weight loss goal. The holiday season got to me, with all the Halloween candy, Thanksgiving feasts, Christmas indulgences, and New Year’s celebrations. I went off the rails for a while, and I paid the price. I felt terrible, and it reminded me of how I used to always feel.
To put it simply, doing things this way has been a game-changer. I can’t fully describe the immense improvement in every aspect of my life. And while I’m not perfect and have my ups and downs, I’m fortunate enough to have a higher carb tolerance than most. Since starting the new year challenge, I’ve been back on track and maintaining my progress since the end of January.
You guys may think it’s all hype, but trust me, it’s not. This lifestyle change has truly transformed my life!“
What do you wish you had known when you first started that you now know?
“I realized it wasn’t as difficult as I thought. Learning all the science stuff was challenging, but that’s a different story. I used to think it was as complicated as any other diet, but it wasn’t.
Getting started is always better than doing nothing, and it’s a way for us to take control of our lives.“
Do you have any new goals you are trying to accomplish?
“Now that I have my sugar cravings under control, I recently participated in the spring energy challenge. My next goal is to improve my fitness and become healthier and more toned. I used to weigh lift years ago, so I’m excited to get back into it, especially after hearing the panelists at the summit emphasize the importance of lifting heavy weights and pushing yourself.
Another goal I have is to explore more challenging hikes with my boyfriend. Now that the weather is warmer here, we’re looking forward to taking on more technical and difficult hikes.”
What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out on this journey?
“If you are feeling overwhelmed and unsure about where to start on your personal journey, don’t worry! Even I didn’t do everything at once, and I still don’t.
The key is to find something you can do and focus on that. Once you’ve mastered it, you can take on something new. Remember, this journey is unique to everyone, and it may look different for you now compared to six months ago.
So don’t stress about doing it all perfectly from the start. Find what works for you and stick with it until you feel confident, then move on to the next challenge.
You’ve got this!“
If you found this post helpful, you’ll love the podcast where we interview
Julie. Check out the Ditch the Carbs Podcast here!
And if you’re ready to lose weight and get healthy for life without dieting, drugs or making yourself miserable, our brand new (and totally free!) on demand video training will help you understand why it’s been so hard and what do to about it.