There are many ways to stop sugar cravings; both long-term and short-term solutions are discussed here. Once you stay away from sugar and refined carbohydrates for a longer period of time, maybe a month, your taste buds will adjust and foods with no added sugar, such as fruit, will start to taste a lot sweeter. You won't need the overly sweet processed foods and refined sugars anymore.
My personal experience is that giving up both, sugar and refined carbohydrates, such as pasta, bread and pastries - all gluten grains in fact - I get fast weight loss, less puffiness and more energy. But the withdrawal period is not easy - you can read more about that here: The Bigger Picture of Sugar Addiction.
In my experience, in addition to quitting sugar and processed carbs, I get the best results by cutting out honey, dates, and everything else that is sweet as well. I don't use agave syrup or maple syrup, whether raw or not, and I even cut out the most sugary fruits such as mangos and honey melons. Other people may well be able to eat these but in my case I get low blood sugar symptoms (tiredness, flu-like symptoms, fast heart beat) if I eat these. I still eat plenty of berries and fruit, some potatoes, quinoa, millet, amaranth, brown rice and wild rice for carbohydrates. I also snack on some dried fruit, such as figs and apples but I try to limit these and not eat too many. Some people may find dried fruit too sugary, however, and some people may choose to avoid anything starchy, including potatoes and rice.
When quitting sugar and gluten the worst seems to be over in three days, in my case. But there will be less strong cravings afterwards and after about a month you should start noticing your taste buds adjusting so that fruit starts tasting much sweeter than before.
Below is a list of tips for you to curb sugar cravings, and the more of these you can implement the easier it gets. All the below pointers assume that you are not eating any sugar, as well as no processed or gluten-containing carbs, because the more you eat of those the more you crave them.
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