Ever have a craving? We all get cravings but the question is how you react to them. If I gave into a craving every time it hit me I’d weigh 300 pounds. Since I do not want to have the horrible issues that come with being obese, I know I have Got2ManUp and fight to stop food cravings. I’m not trying to say it’s easy, well not at first anyway. But of you stick with your plan (you have one right?), have willpower, desire and oh yeah, allow yourself to cheat every now and then, you can beat cravings. Here are some tips I use I think you will find helpful.
Don’t Mistake Cravings For Being Hungry
A craving is not the same as being hungry. When you are hungry, your body has a variety of ways to tell you it needs fuel to keep functioning properly. This can come from just feeling an empty stomach or a growling stomach. At this point, you are ready to eat whatever you have brought with you or are getting ready to prepare. A craving, on the other hand, is a specific type of food and most of the time, it’s not healthy. How is that possible? Good question, with a variance of studies and a variance of answers. The only thing everyone agrees on is that there is something in your brain making this “junk food craving”, not your stomach. Why? Because when the craving hits you immediately start making images in your mind of what it looks like which makes the craving become overbearing and leads to giving in.
It’s OK To Give In, Once In A While
Torturing yourself by never giving in will lead to quitting any diet plan to stop food cravings. I’ll go a step further and say you can give in once a day to your sweet tooth of it’s the only way to keep you on track. Keep whatever pleasure you choose under 200 calories and under 30 grams of sugar. You can also make your own sweets. Here’s a recipe from one of my favorites.
Track Your Cravings
This could be the most important thing you can do to stop food cravings. Start writing down when you have a craving. Don’t compare your notes for a week, at the very least a few days. As I said before, the brain is a mystery. Comparing notes you will be able to see a pattern of what and when you are having a craving. Is it always the same time of day does it hit you? What are you doing? Is it always for the same thing? Study the patterns and figure out what you can do to change them.
Find A Healthy Alternative
Craving fried food? Cook some healthy chicken tenders like this recipe. Sweet tooth? Use the recipe above or any other recipe that calls for organic honey instead of processed sugar. I cannot stress enough the importance of protein in a snack or regular meal for that matter. Even if your snack is a store bought protein bar that contains some sugar, make sure it’s something you enjoy the and has 20 grams of protein or more.