B Complex Can Trample Sugar Cravings: So Why Does It Sometimes Not Work?
Liquid B complex is the only Nutrition Magic I know. It can stop a sugar craving within a few minutes. But every so often, people will tell me they tried it and it did not work. How could that be?
Careful questioning revealed a few common reasons that prevent B complex from working effectively. Here's what I've discovered.
Not Using Liquid B Complex
The liquid formulation looks to speed up the effect so we can feel it within a few minutes. Tablets take longer and may be good for regular supplementation, but a "craving emergency" is better deal with by using liquid B.
If you already take a daily B-complex tablet, you can safely add liquid B on a day that you get a craving. On the other hand, if you've used liquid B for a craving before taking your usual dose of B, there's no reason to take the tablet that day.
A one-day "overload" of B vitamins will not be harmful, but it's best to avoid it on a regular basis. (If you have any questions about this, please check with your doctor.)
Taking B12 Instead of B Complex
For reasons I've never been able to understand, people misinterpret "B complex" as "B12." It's possible that this dates back to the once-upon-a-time practice of getting B12 injections for energy.
Whatever the reason, B12 is only part of the complete complex – and not even the most important B vitamin in trampling cravings. Yet this misinterpretation has happened so often, I now clarify immediately whenever I recommend B complex to a client.
So again, use LIQUID B COMPLEX. Not tablets, not B12, not any other individual B vitamin.
Not Eating Any Protein
When this mistake is made, it's usually by folks who have not worked with me as clients. All of my clients know I stress the importance of protein.
Protein is a key element in the craving-killing plan. B vitamins work as catalysts to help form specific brain chemicals. Those chemicals can end cravings (and also prevent them) when they're at optimal levels. But the brain chemicals are made from amino acids – which we learned in 7th-grade biology as "the building blocks of protein."
We can not make the necessary brain chemicals without protein.
Junking Out On Sugar First
If you've eaten half a bag of cookies, please do not expect B vitamins to stop you from eating the other half. The neurochemical changes that the cookies have set in motion are powerful – and even more powerful for some people than for others.
For reasons beyond the scope of this article, those brain changes will probably make you want the rest of the cookies.
Suffice it to say there's simply no way that a teaspoon of liquid B complex can override the strong effects of whatever sugar you may have just eaten. The most helpful idea is to use B vitamins to stop your craving so you do not eat the cookies in the first place.
I'll throw in a side note. If you find it too easy to reach for cookies because you're home and they're conveniently located in your kitchen cabinet, please do yourself a huge favor: Do not keep cookies in your kitchen. Throw away the ones you have. Do not buy more.
It Works If You Work It
Liquid B complex is still the only nutrition magic I know. It's effective; it's quick. But it's not a stand-alone miracle. It's best used as part of a sincere attempt to reduce dietary sugar.
Please stay aware that B vitamins are a short-term solution for stopping sugar cravings. Getting rid of cravings permanently requires changes in diet.
And, yes, changing diet can actually eliminate cravings. Think of the freedom that could mean for you.
Source: Joan Kent