Cravings can seem to come out of nowhere; one minute, you’re working away at your desk and then boom, you feel like every bit of your body wants a bowl of chips or ice cream straight from the container.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we always craved apples, blueberries, or spinach? Am I right, ladies?
You can either fight your cravings or give in to the temptation, and it’s totally fine to allow yourself a treat every now and then. But when cravings turn into binges, you’re in hot water, and your weight loss goals start to go out the window.
Unsure how to beat your junk food cravings? Then you’re in luck because we’ve put together our top ten tips for conquering your cravings.
Manage your trigger foods
Hands up, who’s guilty of creating a little ‘snack drawer’ that’s within easy reach of your desk at work? It’s so much easier to give in to temptation when the food you’re craving is just an arm’s reach away. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have any treats in the house but choose treats that are easier for you to manage and walk away from.
Don’t skip meals
It’s much easier to ward off cravings when your stomach isn’t growling and begging to be fed, so don’t skip meals. Kick-off your day with a healthy breakfast and follow it with a healthy and satisfying lunch and dinner.
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Plus, don’t forget, it’s OK to include snacks; just make sure they’re within your daily calorie count.
Are you actually hungry? Or craving something?
If you’re hungry and it’s not close to mealtime, you should eat something to ward off those hunger pangs. But if it’s the mental feeling of craving something, then maybe what you need is some craving-busting techniques.
Drink water or a low-cal beverage
Whether it’s just a distraction or just drinking something that will satisfy your craving, then try a tall glass of water.
If you don’t like water or it’s not hitting the spot, try adding a slice or two of lemon, lime, or cucumber to mix it up.
Go for a walk
It sounds counterintuitive but stave off your cravings with a bit of exercise and get some fresh air as well as some exercise. As well as serving as a distraction, physical activity could help reduce any stress that is driving your cravings.
Make sure you’re getting your beauty sleep
According to the CDC, adults should aim for at least seven hours of sleep a night, but over a third of us aren’t getting enough zzz’s. It’s much easier to fight cravings when you’ve had enough sleep, plus not getting enough sleep can lead to increased cravings and weight gain.
Manage your stress levels
Too much stress can cause many issues, including cravings for junk foods. If you’re finding that stress is taking over your life, which plays out in junk food cravings, and you’re not able to distract yourself, consider seeing a dietician or nutritionist for some support.
Chew some gum
A stick of chewing gum or a piece of hard candy isn’t very high in calories, and the little bit of flavor might be all you need to get past your craving for something sweet.
Call a friend
If you’re really struggling to distract yourself from your craving, why not speak to a friend or family member about being there to hold you accountable the next time you fancy junk food? Then you can call or text them when you have a craving, and they can try to distract you.
Plus, it’s always nice to have someone cheering you on and supporting your goals to eat healthier!
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