Fight Unhealthy Food Cravings!

The key to fighting your cravings of simple carbohydrates (sweets, sugars) and other bad types of food is to regulate your craving and appetite, not fight against them. You can find 10 suggestions below for diminishing your cravings for simple carbohydrates, perhaps even eliminating them.

  1. Eat small meals and snacks throughout the day. Make sure any snakes consumed contain protein and complex carbohydrates (foods like beans, nuts, peanut butter, etc). Stay away from snacks that contain sugar like white bread, white pasta, etc.
  2. Avoid soft drinks and limit your coffee intake. Not just because these are unhealthy for you in high doses, but drinks containing sugar increase your cravings for simple carbohydrates.
  3. Always have nutritious foods with you in the car, home, or at work. Try to keep items that can adjust to different temperatures (like nuts) and are able to be traveled with.
  4. When you simply must have something sweet, use alternative flavors. Try having vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, anise, or spearmint. These are great sugar substitutes and appetite suppressants that don’t raise your blood sugar levels or store more fat.
  5. Identify what foods trigger your worst cravings. Some love chocolate, others love warm, salty fries. Whatever your worst vice is, make a point to stay far, far way.
  6. If it’s simply habit that is the cause of your unhealthy cravings, create an equally rewarding event that you can do when you want to grab for the cookie jar. Instead of sitting on the couch munching on cookies, go to the gym, take a warm bubble bath, or play catch with your dog. If you don’t think about the food, the cravings will go away.
  7. Drink water as much as possible. Most of the time our desire of sweets derives from our body telling us that we needs fluids. If you want add a little twist, try drinking a cold glass of ice water with a lemon or lime mixed in. It’s refreshing and healthy.
  8. Savor all the sweets. When you do treat yourself to a small piece of pie or a chocolate bar every once in a while after dinner, savor the bites. Instead of chewing it up in a few seconds, take a few minutes. You can enjoy the sweets that you’re indulging on longer, yet you won’t have the calories to show for it.
  9. Have a positive outlook. It’s common when you really want that big piece of chocolate, but know you shouldn’t, to talk bad about yourself, or to throw caution to the wind. “Oh, I can’t do this, I might as well eat the entire thing” or “A little won’t hurt.” Comments like these can lead to binge eating and you deserting your diet completely.
  10. Get creative with your healthy snacks. If you eat the same old bland food every day, you’re going to want to cheat with sweets to break the mundane. Try mixing a salad with different things every day, like kidney beans, sunflower seeds, fresh lemon juice, olive oil, etc.

Find more tips for losing weight, check out our 50 weight loss tips article.

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