Everyone craves a good burger or ice cream once in a while, but when you find yourself only wanting junk food, you know you are in trouble. Resisting these foods can be difficult, so why not start at the source and figure out ways to stop these unhealthy food cravings? If you find yourself craving donuts and french fries more often than you would like, try these tips to help cut down on your unhealthy food cravings.
Drink water first
Thirst can often be mistaken for hunger, and many of us mistake our body’s desire for water as a hunger pang. Lack of water can cause fatigue and moodiness, which can have you craving some quick fuel in the form of junk food. Before you grab a treat to satisfy what you think is hunger, down a glass of water instead and reassess how you feel 10 minutes later.
Create a healthy environment
Clean out your kitchen, desk, car, and any other place where unhealthy foods can be found. Make it inconvenient to get to the unhealthy foods you crave. This will allow you to think through your decision and prevent impulse decisions to indulge.
Participate in another activity
Have an activity or action that you will take every time you have a craving. Perhaps it’s going for a walk, taking a few deep breaths, or calling a friend. Going on a brisk walk for 15 minutes can reduce the desire for a sugary snack, suggesting that light exercise can help eliminate unwanted cravings.
Stay nourished throughout the day
Don’t skip meals and be sure to eat enough during the day to help prevent cravings and overeating later in the day. Incorporate protein and fiber at your meals and snacks as both help keep you full and focused.
Eat just a bite
The key to getting rid of a craving good be giving in to it — but just a little. Eating a small portion of the food you crave is just as satisfying as eating a large amount. People who eat a bite of their food experience just the same amount of satisfaction 15 minutes later, without all the guilt.
Foods that contain high amounts of fat, salt, and sugar are addicting, so the more you eat them, the more you crave them. Replacing these foods with healthier ones can change your body chemistry and your taste buds. Your tastes can change over time. Continue to eat a healthy diet, and you will start to crave healthy foods.
By Damilola Faustino
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