You’ve heard it time and time again: lower carbohydrate diet plans and avoiding sugar will help you lose weight and feel great. Yes, it’s true.

You know this, however, how do you go low carb and avoid sugar without excessive hunger and feeling like you are depriving yourself?!

It’s easier than you think.

Sugar can cause depression, anxiety, mood swings, attention issues, acne, a higher possibility for gallstones and kidney stones, and osteoporosis. It decreases immune function, increases bacterial/yeast overgrowth in the gut, and intensifies Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). The negative impacts of a high sugar and carbohydrate diet are endless.

Pay attention to your protein and healthy fat intake.

Healthy proteins and fats should be a staple at each meal. These macronutrients keep you fuller longer and keep any sugar or carb cravings away. Ideally, you should have 3 meals a day consisting of a healthy protein, healthy fat, and a veggie. If you are hungry or having cravings in between meals – you didn’t eat enough, and it’s usually protein or fat.

Getting enough healthy protein and fat will help stave off cravings.