We’re all guilty of succumbing to food cravings especially when we’re stressed or tired, but an intense desire to eat food not only will make keeping an ideal weight difficult, it will also result in a host of other health problems.
If you feel like your life depends on that slice of pizza or that you can’t start the day without a bite of that chocolate, then these are the things you need to do to stop food cravings.
Start with a Breakfast. Unhealthy cravings are sometimes triggered by skipping meals, especially when you start your day without enough fuel. This could end in a vicious cycle of lowering blood sugar levels in the morning that will make you hungry the rest of the day.
Don’t Skip Meals. If skipping breakfast isn’t good for your body, then it goes without saying that skipping proper meals at scheduled times will also increase your food cravings. Force yourself to say no to eating in between meals or small snacks.
Consider Your Budget. If you really need to have that food, then you can include it in your weekly budget as a treat. After all, you do not want to overspend money on something you know you can live without for a while. Perhaps you can even use that as a motivation to work hard the whole week with the craved food item as a reward.
Plan Your Meals. If you’re short on the budget, it’s a good idea to plan your meals for the week. That way, you won’t be tempted to buy what you randomly see on the menu or the grocery.
Count Calories. If you’re trying to lose weight but still give in to temptation, then you’re not going to improve at all. If you don’t want to feel deprived, count the calories you will get for each serving of the craved food so you can still stick to your diet and calorie allowance.
Drink Water. Try drinking a glass of water if you feel an urge to eat something, maybe it will fade after a while. Water before meals can also reduce appetite and make you feel full.
Get Enough Sleep. If you’re not getting enough sleep, then your body is trying to compensate for the lack of rest by telling you to eat more. Your hormone levels are also messed up, that is why there are studies that show that sleep-deprived people are more likely to get fat than those who get enough rest.
Take Away Temptation. Maybe you just need to get away from the temptation. Distract yourself with other activities or try an alternative food.