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Crave After Dinner Sweets?

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

Most people have an after dinner craving for sugar. "Most of the time I crave cookies and milk," said Samantha Rougeau.

"Anything sweet--ice cream," said Christie Stopherd.

But, have you ever noticed that the foods that seem irresistible at night don't seem very appealing in the morning? Researchers say it's your bodies fluctuation in blood sugar and insulin during the day that make you susceptible to cravings by the time evening rolls around.

"It's probably why I get tired around three o'clock," said Stopherd.

Sugary foods play havoc with your blood sugar and actually start cravings. "You're body is like a car engine going uphill and at night the engine winding down to rest and you don't want to put gas in the car when it's off because it's going to overflow into the overflow tank," said Regina Alpaugh, the President of Weight Loss Forever.

Experts said balanced meals throughout the day will usually keep blood sugar levels more even and keep cravings at bay. "Get your fibers, get your proteins, get a little bit of vegetables in at dinner," said Alpaugh.

Water is also an important step involved in curbing an appetite. "Water is a natural appetite suppressant and most people don't drink enough water. If you drink your water all day, half your body weight in ounces of water, that's going to help right off the bat," said Alpaugh.

Next time you're craving an after dinner snack, try an apple or an orange. The natural sugars and fiber in these fruits fill up your stomach just as much as a couple of cookies.


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