The dieters’ worst enemy is food cravings. Food cravings are intense or uncontrollable desires for specific foods, which are normally stronger than normal hunger. Foods which are craved by people are highly variable but most of the time are always processed junk food which are very high in their sugar content.
In this article, I have put together 6 very easy ways to prevent or stop unhealthy food and sugar cravings.
1. Drink water
Most of the time, thirst is confused with hunger. Whenever you feel a sudden urge for a specific food, I advise you to drink a large glass of water and wait a few minutes. You would notice that the craving would fade away because you just might have been thirsty.
Drinking much water has numerous health benefits.
Drinking water before meals drastically reduces cravings and appetite and also helps with weight loss.
2. Eat more of proteins
You can reduce your appetite by eating more of proteins and this will also keep you from overeating.
It also reduces cravings as it keeps you filled for a longer period of time. A study on overweight teenage girls showed that increasing protein intake to 25 percent of calories reduced cravings by 60 percent. And in addition, the cravings to have a night snack reduced by 50 percent.
3. Learn to distance yourself from the craving
Whenever you feel a craving, try as hard as possible to distance yourself from it. For example you can get yourself occupied with other things like taking a quick shower or taking a brisk walk. A change in thought or environment may stop the craving.
4. Plan your meals
Try to make a plan for your meals for the day and the upcoming week. By knowing what you are going to eat, you eliminate the factor of uncertainty. If you don’t have to think of what you are going to eat, you get rid of the craving.
5. Avoid getting excessively hungry
One of the biggest reasons you experience cravings is hunger. So to avoid being extremely hungry, you might want to consider eating regularly and have healthy snacks close at hand.
6. Fight stress
Stress may trigger food cravings and influence eating behaviors, especially in women. Also stress raises your blood levels of cortisol, a hormone that can make you gain weight. Try to minimize stress by planning your day ahead and generally slowing down where you can.
In conclusion, cravings are very common. Being aware of your cravings and what triggers them makes them much easier to avoid.