6 Surprising Reasons You're Craving Sugar

Find out why you can't get enough of the sweet stuff.

6 Surprising Reasons You're Craving Sugar

By Diana Kelly Levey

You might be tempted to blame the holiday season for suddenly thinking about and craving sweets more often, but there may be some other causes for your sweet tooth in play. Here are six unexpected reasons you’re craving candy, cookies, and cake at all hours of the day. Read on to find out more and learn how to regain control over your diet as well.

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You're thirsty.

If you’re craving a sweet treat in the morning or afternoon, ask yourself when the last time you chugged a glass of water was. Oftentimes, when you’re dehydrated, you think you’re hungry and might look to food for an energy boost. When the body’s dehydrated, the signals that let you know whether you’re hungry or thirsty can get mixed up in your brain. That makes you more likely to reach for that doughnut or brownie in the break room for a quick hit of energy. If you recently worked out, you’re likely dehydrated but your body may be telling you that it wants sugar or carbs. That’s because you need to replace glycogen stores that were lost during your workout. Drink a tall glass of water—not a sugary beverage or coffee that could dehydrate your further. If you did an intense workout, you might need a beverage with electrolytes, but try water first to see if that does the trick.

Watch: Why You Should Only Drink Water When You're Thirsty

Pumpkin spice — it gives you all the warm and cozy feelings of fall! The pumpkin spice latte is a go-to for a lot of people. But at 400 calories from one store and at least $5 a drink, it racks up in more ways than one. So here's a quick and easy recipe to slim down the fall-favorite drink and enjoy it without the guilt. It's Dr. Oz-approved at just 45 calories!