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Q I have very weak willpower and can’t seem to keep off sugar. I seem to be ad­dicted to eat­ing sweets. I’ve tried a lot to con­trol the urge but seem to be fail­ing.

AYou speak like an ad­dict! Sugar is a so­cially ac­cepted drug. Re­search shows it has the same hor­monal ef­fect on your brain that dopamine and other drugs have.

Most of­ten, with sugar it’s not about your willpower. It’s about the chem­i­cal re­ac­tion it in­duces in your body. Sugar makes your body want more of it and no mat­ter how hard you try, if there is a chem­i­cal im­bal­ance in your body, you will start to give in af­ter a few hours or days. When you go off sugar and cig­a­rettes, you will ex­pe­ri­ence headaches, anx­i­ety pangs and dizzi­ness. How­ever, the good news is there is a way to break this habit. One re­ally ef­fec­tive way to do this is to con­trol your in­sulin lev­els. These go berserk when you have sug­ary food or drink. But in­sulin re­mains sta­ble and steady un­der the in­flu­ence of fat.

So if you start to eat more protein and fat from foods like eggs, nuts, but­ter, cof­fee and av­o­ca­does, your in­sulin re­mains sta­ble al­low­ing you to not ex­pe­ri­ence the rush.

It is go­ing to be far eas­ier for you and your body to say no to a piece of cho­co­late cake or bis­cuits when your in­sulin is sta­ble. Start by eval­u­at­ing how much of your diet is sugar and re­fined carbs, and start to rec­tify the bal­ance grad­u­ally rather than cut­ting sugar off com­pletely.

Go for a 60:40 ra­tio to be­gin with and keep re­fined sugar in­take re­stricted to only one meal in the day. Small con­sis­tent changes in your macronu­tri­ents is the an­swer, not con­trol­ling your willpower.

RASHI CHOWDHARY is a nu­tri­tion­ist, di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tor and cre­ator of The Protein Bake Shop

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