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Curbing Cravings? What Really Works

Posted by Julie M.

Every afternoon right around 4:30 or 5:00, I get the munchies. Well, not really the munchies, but unless I've had a really big or late lunch, I start anticipating dinner which is usually at least a couple of hours away. I used to ignore my cravings, but I found that then at dinnertime, I piled on the food, often having seconds and eating way more than I needed. Now I have a small snack - usually a little fruit or some cheese, or my all time favorite, peanut butter-filled pretzels from Trader Joe's (just a few 'cause they're full of fat!). Then I don't eat as much at dinner. And diet experts agree that eating three regular meals plus snacks helps people maintain and lose weight. To stay satisfied and curb unhealthy cravings, try and eat four or five times throughout the day instead of three big meals. Drink a lot of water; sometimes you think you're hungry when you're actually just thirsty, and eat fiber, such as whole grain toast or cereal, in the morning because it helps control afternoon cravings. Make sure you snack on good nutritious food that you like! Carrots and celery will never cut it for me, but cherries and those yummy pretzels are just right.
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