Control your Cravings

control-your-cravingsAre you dreaming about pizza or chocolate, or maybe your favorite sweet or salty snacks? We all suffer cravings, and they are one of the biggest obstacles to sticking to your diet. Don’t let your food cravings destroy your excellent progress that you are making toward your weight loss goals.

Here are five simple steps you can take to control your cravings.

  1. Eat smaller meals more often. The longer the time between meals or snacks, the lower your blood sugar. Smaller but more frequent meals will help stabilize your blood sugar and the related insulin levels and help reduce your hunger and cravings. Making healthy choices for meals and snacks. Include fresh fruits, almonds or a half sandwich with avocado slices. Avoid sugary snacks that can spike your blood sugar like candy bars, pastry or colas.
  2. Drink more water. Drinking water will often delay hunger and cravings, keep a water bottle at hand. Try to drink a glass of water before each meal and with each snack, you will feel full sooner and the water in your stomach will prevent overeating. Drink more water and replace the sugary, syrupy soft drinks, coffee drinks like frappuccinos, and bottled juices.
  3. Stay away from artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes which are often advertised as being 100 times sweeter than sugar will only feed your sugar addiction and increase your cravings for sweetness. You are replacing one craving and addiction for another. Once you avoid artificial sweeteners, including those found in diet sodas, you can take control of your cravings and better manage your weight loss.
  4. Recognize your food triggers. Do you celebrate with cake, eat ice cream or chocolate when you’re sad, or fast food when you’re stressed out? These are your emotional food triggers. Your go-to comfort foods always include unhealthy amounts of sugar, fats, and salt. Some locations or activities also become associated with cravings like popcorn and a large soda at the movie theater, or hot dogs and beer at a baseball game or a bag of chips while you are on the couch in front of the television. Your feelings and surroundings trigger your food cravings.
  5. Throw away temptations. Your grocery store is a minefield filled with row upon row of chips and cookies and stacks of soda. If you resist putting them in your cart and avoid taking them home, they won’t be there to tempt you. Stock your pantry with healthier alternatives and look for new natural comfort foods. There are many options and more health conscious choices that will allow you to indulge your cravings and feel less guilty.

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