18 Jun 2014

Is It Time to Break Up With Sugar??? (Part 2)

ChocolateCakeHere’s the not-so-sweet truth. We are killings ourselves by consuming truckloads of hidden sugar. Turns out that it’s not fat that’s the bad actor; it’s sugar that’s making us sick and overweight.

Sugar is eight times as addictive as cocaine. Being addicted to sugar and flour is not an emotional eating disorder. It’s a biological disorder, driven by hormones and neurotransmitters that fuel sugar and carb cravings.

Need Help with Cravings?

If you’re ready to kick the sugar habit, but need more help managing cravings, supplements can be helpful. Here are several I commonly recommend:

  • Chromium picolinate is an excellent option for supporting insulin regulation and blood sugar.
  • Be sure your multivitamin includes zinc, vitamin C, and B-vitamins.
  • It’s also important to take an omega-3 supplement. The omega-3s in fish oil can help with cravings and inflammation as well as improving insulin sensitivity.
  • L-glutamine is a great craving-buster! Take 500 mg 3 times a day or open the capsule and sprinkle under your tongue for a faster effect.
  • Supplement with magnesium. Start with 400 mg of magnesium oxide or magnesium glycinate. This also helps with sleep, so take it at bedtime.

Once you give up sugar, cravings should disappear within 2 weeks or so. This varies by person, of course. Resist the urge to substitute artificial sweeteners for sugar. They are 100 times as sweet as real sugar. When you eat something artificially sweetened, your brain is expecting calories to be coming that match the sweetness it has just encountered. When this doesn’t happen, it goes looking for those calories! This increases the likelihood that you’ll have an uncontrollable urge for some Twinkies (or other food you’re trying to avoid). Bottom line: the plan backfires.

And remember to eat plenty of protein, fiber and healthy fat. All of these help stave off cravings.

You may find it helps to enlist the help and accountability of a like-minded friend. It really makes a difference to know you have to answer to someone. You may also consider working with a health coach like me. My Lose Fat over 40 coaching program gets you off sugar and on to healthy low glycemic index foods!


Dr. Anna Garrett


  1. Hi Dr. Anna,
    I met you a year ago in Atlanta at Christine Kane’s UpLevel U. I live in VT. I’ve been looking at nutritional programs that substitute plant-based diets for the mainstream “weight loss” programs in an attempt to help my sister with debilitating weight problem and cam considering the same program for myself. I normally eat a diet high in fiber with lean protein and some dairy, but am thinking about going vegetarian. My sister needs surgery for her knees, but needs to lose a lot of weight before the doctor will consider it.
    What can you tell me about a company called IsAgenix?
    Thanks for your insight!

    • Hi Connie! I remember you 🙂 I know of Isagenix, but don’t really know anything about the company or their products. I use (personally and professionally) the Isotonix and TLS programs. I have a 12-week weight loss program that teaches low glycemic index eating along with supplements that promote fat burning (conjugated linoleic acid, green tea extract, etc). Happy to talk to you about it if you’re interested. Thanks for writing!

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