Don't Give In To Temptations: Ways To Control Food Cravings
You are watching reruns of F.R.I.E.N.D.S and they are eating pizza. And your mind goes "Mmm! Pizza! I need to eat some," and there goes your diet out of the window. You order a cheesy pizza and end up devouring the entire thing by yourself. You just couldn't stand up against your food craving, and now you feel like a loser! But what could you do, you just can't curb those nasty cravings! Don't worry; we have some effective ways to control food cravings that will surely help you!
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Get Enough Sleep
If you find yourself craving unhealthy foods often, then try and look at your sleep pattern. Assess if you are getting enough sleep. According to studies, deficiency of sleep uses up more of your body's energy reserves which the body then tries to replenish by making you eat high calorie foods at untimely hours.
Ask Yourself If You Are Hungry
At times, the body's craving is not actually a craving but just a need for food, any food. Ask yourself when you ate last and if you are hungry. If it's been a while since your last meal then chances are you just need to get something into your tummy to stop the craving. Eat your regular meal and the craving will go away.
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Maintain Strict Meal Times
A good way to curb cravings is by setting regular meal times. Once your body is used to eating only at certain times, it will crave lesser at other times through the day and will thus lessen any mindless munching you may indulge in.
It may happen that certain places or certain things make you crave unhealthy food. Identify these triggers and try your best to avoid them. If passing by a certain bakery makes you want to stop and grab a cupcake, try changing your route.
Of course, the sweetness and decadence of chocolate ice cream is not the same as fruit flavoured yogurt; however, it is a healthier option. So, try and replace whatever you crave with a healthier substitute. It won't be the same, but it will curb the intensity.
Ration The Craving Into Your Diet
If your goal is to eat no more that 1200 calories a day, keep about 150-200 calories reserved for the food you crave. Make all your other meals super healthy and indulge in the food you're craving, but ensure you keep it within 200 calories.
When you begin to feel a craving for a particular food, don't leap for it head first. Distract yourself for a while, say 10 minutes. If the craving goes by then, well and good. If it doesn't, eat a very small portion of it and then distract yourself some more. The key is to not keep thinking of the food you are supposedly missing out on.
Picture A Healthy You
If your aim to diet and eat healthy is so as to lose weight, then picture yourself as being fit and slender. Then think about how giving in to your craving now will just set you one step away from that beautiful picture. This should help you avoid the craving.
Give In. Only A Little.
Sometimes the best way to curb a craving is by actually giving in. Giving in to a chocolate craving now will lead you to eat a piece or two of chocolate. However, if you completely deny yourself for a very long time, chances are you will go into rebel mode and end up eating an entire bar of chocolate, a tub of ice cream and whole bucket of KFC!
Last but not the least; if you do fall prey to your craving, move on. Don't dwell on it and drown yourself in self-loathing. Tell yourself that it was a fun treat, but you are done now! Tomorrow is a new day!
So the next time you crave something that you know is not good for you, remember these ways to control food cravings and watch yourself fight it successfully!