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Sugar addiction please help me

Nswift19782019 September

I am new to the site and I have got a addiction to sugar I have gone from smoking to sugar addiction and it’s driving me mad making me gain weight and I don’t know how to control it can anyone help? It’s that bad I hide it behind my family’s back I need help. 🙁 please help me.

17 Replies

Hi and welcome, unfortunately only you can do this but we can be here to support you 🙂

Well done on giving up smoking - how about using the same method to give up sugar?

Plan your meals and post on the daily diary where you will get help and support to cut out that sugar

Wishing you all the best

Nswift19782019 September
in reply to Zipped-Mouth

Hi I think I will just have to face it, I need to give it up completely the thought of it is making me get shakes and irritable but you are right there is no easy way thank you for your reply.

Stay on here and get the support as we are all here to support each other on our journeys

Plan your meals for the day and post on the daily diary and you will get support and help to reduce the sugar

Wishing you all the best and look forward to seeing your progress

YOU can do this 😘


Hi and welcome, Nswift1978 :)

I cured my sugar and nicotine addiction in one fell swoop by going cold turkey and giving them both up completely. That was 4 years ago and I still don't allow either in my life, as I'm pretty sure the addiction would return, if I did.

Follow this link to our chat thread and a list of all the activities we run. We've found active participation to be key to success, especially with our weigh-ins and Daily Diary.

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Wishing you all the best :)


Can you try switching to coffee?? You’re stimulant seeking it’s pretty normal to go through that. Use stevia instead of sugar in coffee.


Hello and welcome

I only get sugar cravings if I’ve not eaten enough, or when I’m especially tired. Under-eating does not help weight loss and is one of the biggest causes of weight loss failure. Also eating the right types of food is important, ones that are nutrient dense and help keep you full like proteins and fats.

Please read all the information you have been given and check out your calorie target on the NHS BMI checker 😊

Nswift19782019 September
in reply to IndigoBlue61

Thank you. X

djsapgRestart April 2020

My husband is similar but still smokes. He is addicted to suger but finds eating protin helps. He buys bags of dried bultong South African meat snack and eats that. He has type 2 diabetis and was very ill with eating suger. his blood sugars were around 13 now are normal 5.4 most days.He hides the evidence too when he has a bad day . You need to find a food to replace your craving .The high fat low carbs diet is working for him

good luck.

Nswift19782019 September
in reply to djsapg

Thank you for your help. X

Hi, Nswift1978, Welcome.

Discipline and self-control help, but sugar and refined carbohydrates make you hungry for more, so cold turkey helps.

If you eat plenty of good food, including satisfying fat, at mealtimes it will help prevent hunger for snacks between meals.

Nswift19782019 September
in reply to S11m

Thank you I will look up good fats. X

LythamSuper Host 3st 7lbs

Would you like to start by joining our weigh in today? Here's the link, hope to see you there! :-) x

babss2st 7lbs

Hi Nswift

Have you identified when you you particularly reach for the sugary snacks? Any particular time of day or linked to particular emotions? Understanding that might help you develop a strategy that works for you-if you haven’t already I would keep a food diary.

My sugar cravings are loads better since cutting down on the carbs I eat, but initially it was the food diary that made all the difference as I pledged to myself that I would write every morsel I ate down (preferably before I ate it!) This helped to hold myself to account and often stopped me indulging.

The daily diary is a great way of developing the discipline to plan your food and get feedback from people who understand the struggle!

Good luck

Nswift19782019 September
in reply to babss

The sugar cravings start when I see cakes or chocolate, if I get bored at work, when I see anyone else eating anything thing sugar related. X

Hi Nswift1978 I have just seen in the diet doctor an interesting article on sugar and how to give it up - unfortunately I am out at the mo and can't seem to get the link posted for you

But if you are interested let me know and I will find it tonight 🙂👍

Nswift19782019 September
in reply to Zipped-Mouth

Sorry took a while to reply but that would be great if you can post it.

Hope this link works

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