Today I want to share with you my secrets to reduce sugar cravings and food cravings. This is a chronic problem in America today. In fact, I would say the number one cause of people falling off diets and something that stops or even reverses weight loss efforts is when people have cravings.Let's be honest. A lot of people know what they should eat. We should eat more vegetables. We should eat more fruit. We should eat organic. But a lot of times when I've asked patients over the years, "Why could you not stick with a diet before," they would say, "Because of the cravings. I started craving sugar so much."

Here are the top ways to reduce sugar cravings. There are really four steps. You need to get more fiber, more protein, more healthy fat, and consume sour foods. If you follow those steps, and actually I'll a fifth one here, those things will help you overcome sugar cravings.

Number one, get more protein in your diet. Protein actually will help balance out blood sugar and so that really helps with sugar cravings. That really is the biggest reason there.

Number two, consume more healthy fats. Your body can burn sugar for energy or fat for energy. If you stop consuming as much sugar, start consuming more fat. Your body will become a fat burner, which will also help weight loss, but that will actually reduce your sugar cravings. The best fat for that is actually coconut or coconut oil.

Step number three, get more fiber. Fiber helps you stay fuller longer. It also supports detoxification and can reduce candida in your body. Candida is a major cause of sugar cravings. You want to aim for 35 to 40 grams of fiber a day. Start consuming more fiber rich foods, especially vegetables and nuts and seeds, like chia and flaxseeds.

Step number four in reducing sugar cravings is consume more sour or probiotic rich foods. Things like yogurt and kefir, in fact sour because of those good bacteria, they fight off and reduce candida in your body, which is why you reduce sugar cravings.

So again, probiotic rich foods, like kefir and yogurt, fermented vegetables, like sauerkraut and kimchi, also sour foods like apple cider vinegar is fantastic. Doing apple cider vinegar on a salad or apple cider vinegar and lemon juice in your water throughout the day can decrease your sugar cravings.

If you are craving sugar, step number five, switch over to Stevia. Stevia is a no calorie, natural sweetener that is a good replacement for sugar if you're looking to overcome those cravings temporarily. You follow those five steps, you can kiss your sugar cravings goodbye.