How Weight Loss Surgery Reduces Sugar Cravings

Weight loss surgery may not only help curb your appetite in general, but your sweet food cravings as well. A new study out of Yale University School of Medicine published in Cell Metabolism found that weight loss surgery can help minimize sugar cravings by reducing the release of dopamine in the brain.

To get their results, the research team performed surgery in mice to bypass the first part of the small intestine and directly connect the stomach to the lower part of the gastrointestinal tract. This is the same method that is used in humans during gastric bypass surgery and their results showed that the surgery helped hinder the impulse to eat sweets.

If you struggle with managing sugar cravings and are looking for ways to keep your cravings from getting out of control, here are some helpful tips.

Eat well rounded meals. Your days are busy and full of activities work obligations, but you should try to make a point of sitting down to eat well-rounded meals that include fresh vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and fiber-rich carbohydrates. Having a nutritious meal will satisfy you and keep you full, thus helping reduce those intense cravings for something sugary.

Fresh fruit is your friend. There’s nothing like the sweet taste of fresh fruit! If you are really craving something sweet, eating fruit can be a healthy alternative to instead of something that is processed with sugar.

Don’t deny yourself sweets completely. If you completely deny yourself any treats, you will probably crave them even more and might even consider binging on sweets to make up for lost time. To avoid this, schedule your treat times. For example, find some low calorie desserts that you enjoy and save your sweet treat for the end of the day, after a healthy dinner. That way you have something to look forward to and you won’t feel the urge to indulge in fatty treats throughout the day.

Sweet Substitute. Use less sugar in your meals and snacks by adding a variety of flavored extracts and spices such as butterscotch, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, or almond. These will not only give you a sweet taste, but an extra boost of flavor without the sugar rush.

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