Waking up late at night, when hunger strikes may seem a familiar story for many. Researchers say sugar cravings occur because people do not eat enough throughout the day. People tend to get too hungry, and when this happens they tend to crave carbs and sweets .
Studies show when people starve themselves or diet, they become depressed, irritable and angry. When these same people resume normal eating habits, they tend to eat more and are unable to feel satisfied. Researchers say extreme dieting does not work because dieters end up overeating and eventually gain more weight. When blood sugar drops, the body craves sugar. Thus, denying one's body of food can spark sugar cravings, which can lead to overeating.
Specialists says people should not deny themselves food when they are hungry. Hunger is a physiological response. We shouldn't tell ourselves, 'OK, I have to wait until noon to eat lunch,' if we're hungry at 11:00," say specialists.
Knowing your calorie budget can be helpful , however, it's important to see calorie counting as a tool and not an obsession. The best way to do it is by spreading out calorie intake throughout the day by eating a 500-calorie breakfast, a 500-calorie lunch, a 300-calorie "second lunch" later in the day, and a 500-calorie dinner.