In this day and age, we eat more sugar than ever. We’re always being told we need to cut it down, or quit the good stuff completely, but it feels like an impossible task. After all, pretty much everything we eat contains sugar – right? Plus, who can resist a nibble of something sweet after a long, hard day at work. However, did you know that the key to quitting sugar may actually be in your personality type? It could be a lot easier to quit (or just cut down), if you attempt one of these methods based on your personality.
If you’re an impulsive person
If you find yourself digging into a whole tub of Ben & Jerry’s, even when you’re not hungry, you could be letting external factors influence your eating habits. You will want to look at why you’re craving something sweet, as it could be something like stress or anxiety. Before you next binge on sugar, step back and ask yourself why you want to fill your face with cookies. It could be that there is some underlying reason, such as sadness or boredom, that’s making you crave that sugar. Decide on some coping factors, other than eating, that will help you break the cycle.
If you give up easily
If you’re the kind of person who gives up on their diet as soon as they don’t see a massive change on the scales, then quitting sugar may seem more impossible than ever. After all, you may find yourself experiencing withdrawal headaches that will make you want to give up before you’ve really started. If this is your personality type, then you need to remember that cutting down on sugar doesn’t have to be a forever thing. Set yourself a goal and reward, such as a little sweet treat for every week you manage to abstain from sugar. This will stop you from falling off the wagon completely if you have a bad day, which will make it a lot easier to stick to in the long run.
If you like to plan
For those who like to have their life organized, you have an advantage when it comes to quitting sugar. Those who are natural planners can use this to help them stay on the wagon. Make sure you plan your meals well in advance, as well as carrying around any emergency snacks for when that hunger kicks in. Opt for things that are full of protein, like boiled eggs, or go for vegetables such as carrot sticks. A bag full of healthy emergency snacks will ensure you don’t automatically reach for the cookies at work.
If you’re more savory than sweet
You might not think you have a problem with sugar if you’re the kind of person who would prefer cheese for dessert than a big chocolate cake. However, sugar is lurking in pretty much everything we eat, and so it’s important to look at your habits too. If you eat lots of carb-heavy foods, such as bread and pizza, then you could be more addicted to sugar than you thought. Just because you don’t reach for the ice cream at the end of a night, it’s important to look at your eating habits. Try to stick to more complex carbs, such as whole wheat pasta, sweet potato, and brown rice. You’ll be weaning yourself off the sugar without even realizing it!
So, which personality type are you? Match yourself to one of these and give up (or cut down) on that sugar!