Cravings can be a dieting nightmare. You’ve had your meal, but you’re still feeling the need for something, or maybe you’re between meals needing a snack to tide you over?
The intense desires we feel for specific foods are stronger than normal hunger and tend to be for high-fat, junk food that we don’t need.
Here are some ideas on how to get those urges under control!
How many times have you been guilty of snacking because you’re bored and you’ve nothing better to do?
Making sure you are distracted with work, calling a friend, doing bits around the house or even a small activity break can help your mind ignore the temptation of taking treats.
Sleep has a huge impact on your cravings. Not getting enough can lead to fluctuations in your appetite regulation and increase your need for high-sugar, high-salt junk foods.
Making sure you are getting a regular 6 – 9 hours of sleep each night will help keep those urges at bay.
Oftentimes, the need to eat is related to increased thirst. If you find yourself feeling hungry, think about the last time you had a drink.
Increasing your intake of decaffeinated drinks can act as a natural appetite suppressant, so before you reach for the snack cupboard, try drinking a glass of water and seeing how you feel after.
The water is likely to fill you up and decrease the need to eat.
Eat your meals
When embarking on a healthy eating routine and looking to reduce calorie intake, it can be tempting to skip meals, but this can prove to be very detrimental to your weight loss journey.
Making sure you are having your three meals a day can reduce the need to snack between them and if you do still need to snack, it can help you make more informed decisions about the snacks you are having.
When you are fighting the need for something high-fat or high-sugar, take the time to think about if you REALLY need it.
Sometimes we snack on autopilot, but consciously taking the time to consider the want versus the need of whatever you are craving can help with reducing the urge to eat it.
Before you snack, ask yourself these questions and then decide if you still want it:
- Am I truly hungry?
- Do I need the snack?
- How will I feel once I’ve eaten it?
- How will it affect my weight loss journey