Smart Ways to Combat Cravings
Let’s face it, getting hangry is something we’re becoming more and more aware of and it’s not fun when that monster comes out in you and cravings get out of control Whether it’s sweet or salty your stomach begs for, cravings are the biggest roadblock to your healthy eating goals.
The worst part of cravings is their typically unhealthy ingredients. More often than not, cravings involve fatty, sugary, or salty meals and snacks. If you’re stressed out, these cravings tend to get even worse, lasting hours or even entire days.
But with a little common sense and the right strategies in place, you can easily combat cravings and stay on the path to weight loss success.
Here are 5 smart and practical ways to fight those deadly cravings…
1. Drink Tea
Tea is one of the cheapest and most convenient solutions for fighting cravings. Herbal teas are particularly good at tricking your stomach into thinking you’re eating. Next time you find yourself grabbing for a bag of chips, have a cup of herbal tea instead. Not only will it suppress your appetite, it will also give your metabolism a bit of a boost as well. Herbal teas (which are naturally decaffeinated) are especially helpful at night, when cravings can be at their worst.
2. Eat Balanced Meals
The more balanced your meals, the more likely your body is to be satisfied. Make sure that every meal has a proper balance of healthy fats, proteins, and carbohydrates to ensure that all of your needs are being met. Many cravings can stem from improper nutrition, signaling the lack of a particular vitamin, mineral, or nutrient. If you can, try to get a balance in your snacks too!
Take a look at my article on Healthy Snacks for Weight Loss for some balanced ideas!
3. Nourish Your Soul, Not Your Stomach
Sometimes cravings happen out of sheer boredom. Other times, physical hunger can arise from unfulfilled needs and desires on other levels. Either way, consider distracting your stomach by taking a long hot bath or even doing some yoga. These kinds of activities are nourishing and satisfying in different ways, and sometimes they’re all you need to feel full and avoid cravings. Getting enough sleep is another easy way to feel more fulfilled and balanced on a day-to-day basis.
4. Eat Lots of Protein and Fiber
Protein and fiber are 2 ingredients that you should pay especially close attention to. Both fiber and protein stay in your stomach longer and take more time to digest. Not only does this help your body burn more calories in the process, it also helps you combat cravings by keeping you feeling full and satisfied longer.
5. Be a Mindful Eater
When was the last time you slowed down and really enjoyed your food and savored every bite? Slowing down while you eat and really allowing yourself to experience the foods you eat is a highly effective way to combat cravings and keep your head in the game. By extending your meal time, you will reduce your need for more food, and at the very least, give your body time to feel full and satisfied.
Cravings will always come and go, but results really can last. Start using these strategies today, and stay on the path to weight loss and fitness success!
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