The best way to lose weight is to overcome your cravings. Here are a few great ideas that experts and professionals recommend to help you avoid cravings that will add on unnecessary calories and pounds when you are trying to manage your weight.
Avoid Your Triggers
Generally, we crave what we eat. So the goal is to eat healthy stuff. Once you start eating more nutritious and healthful food, you will actually start to crave those foods instead of unhealthy junk foods. This transformation can occur very quickly. You may not completely stop having your old cravings but the longer you avoid them, the less you’ll crave them. If you switch to healthy choices like fresh fruit, indulging your cravings can actually become good for you.
If vulnerability got the best of you and you bought that bag of chips or slice of cake, destroy it before the guilt overwhelms you. Don’t just throw it away, a ritual of actually destroying it (ruin it by pouring water on it or smashing it) will help you feel a sense of power over your craving. The money wasted doesn’t matter – it is worth it when you know those extra calories aren’t going to you as pockets of flab.
Go Nuts With Nuts
Eat an ounce of nuts – which amounts to about 12 almonds, 20 peanuts, or 6 walnuts. This along with 2 glasses of water can banish your craving and curb your appetite because it changes your body chemistry.
Tide Over The Craving With Caffeine
Go with a skim latte instead of a candy bar. The caffeine will suppress your appetite and save you some calories. The warmth of the drink and ritual of drinking it can also help distract you.
Let Go Of Stress
Since a lot of our cravings are triggered by stress, learning to handle stress effectively could save you a lot of calories. It won’t happen immediately and requires practice. By practicing deep breathing or deep relaxation techniques like visualization on your own or purchase a CD that can guide you.
Take A Power Nap
Fatigue and exhaustion can also make us vulnerable to cravings which assault us when we are tired. Take time out to rest by allowing yourself to shut out the world and close your eyes and nap for a bit. It should re-energize you and vanquish your cravings.
Freshen Up Your Mouth
After brushing your teeth and gargling with mouthwash, the last thing you probably want to do is mess up your fresh and clean mouth by eating. Do this when your craving attacks.
Find A Distraction
Cravings usually last about ten minutes. If you want to eat something very specific and only that will do, it’s a craving and not hunger. Let it ride over by distracting your mind. Try either listening to your favorite music, calling a friend, exercising, or completing an errand that needs your attention. By the time you finish, your craving is likely to have vanished.
Indulge Yourself – To A Point
Occasionally, it’s fine to indulge your craving. But don’t overdo it. The key to entertaining your craving is portion control. Try 100-calorie snack packs of cookies, peanuts or pretzel sticks. Buy the only one so you won’t be tempted to reach for more. If you indulge too frequently, even those 100 calories can add up over time so make a deal with yourself to work off the excess calories with a brisk walk.
Plan Ahead Or Avoid
Try to avoid your normal route if it involves passing your favorite bakery or fast food joint. If you know you have a special occasion coming up that involves cake or another high-calorie indulgence, adjust your diet accordingly to allow for these calories without going off your diet too much.
Usage Of Supplements
When it comes to losing weight or control cravings, you should also use supplements. Many weight loss pills has been proven to suppress the development of fat cells, so you should be able to lose inches.