There's no denying that there are a lot of delicious foods out there. And somehow, this becomes much more obvious when you go on diet. Suddenly all the cakes, cookies and treats in general don't just seem like fun snacks, they are a powerful temptations. If you find your diet has amplified your cravings, here are the best ways to deal with them.
Know What Sets off Those Cravings - The best way to fight cravings is by not getting them in the first place. If you know there's no way you can have a bag of chips your house without eating post haste, try to keep them out of your house, or at least out of sight. If you start getting cravings from stress at work, try finding alternate ways to relax.
Get Your Heart Racing- You probably already know about the many benefits of exercise, but you probably didn't know that it probably fights cravings better than anything. If you suddenly get the urge to drive down to your local pancake house, order a tall stack, and cover it rich maple syrup, try going for a brisk run instead. It doesn't even have to be a complete workout either, just ten minutes can be sufficient. By the time you get back home, huffing and puffing, you probably will have discovered that your cravings have totally subsided. This mostly works because exercise stimulates the production of dopamine, a hormone that increases your sense of well being. And when you feel better about yourself, you are just less likely to seek other ways to feel good, like indulging in cravings.
Choose the Right Carbs - Usually if you are suffering a craving for something like pretzels or cake, really your body is telling you that you need more carbs. So before you eat something sugary, try instead eating something that is packed with healthier carbohydrates, such fruit or whole grains. Sometimes even eating an apple can make those cravings seem much more manageable.
Catch Up on Your Z’s - Cravings don't always come from weakness, sometimes they come from a simple hormone imbalance. A study that was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism showed that if you get less than an ideal amount of sleep every night, your body produces less of the hormone leptin. This means that you are more likely to feel hungry, and the foods that you do eat will make you feel less satisfied. So if you have been so busy that you haven't been able to get a solid eight hours every night, and you've discovered that donuts seem much more appealing than they usually do, there might be a connection.
Indulge Occasionally - While you are on a diet, while it is important to focus on the foods that will help you lose weight, you shouldn't feel deprived all the time. If you just feel stressed, you will become much more likely to feel frustrated with your diet and just give up on it entirely. You should try to allow yourself a "cheat meal" once a week. That means that every week you allow yourself to eat whatever you want for one meal. It will allow you to occasionally eat what you want without doing too much damage to your waistline.
Christopher W. McCombs is an Orange County Boot Camp trainer. Chris teaches a radically different approach to losing fat to local OC residents. Chris is also a Fitness Marketing expert and helps fitness trainers all over the globe to triple their income while cutting their work hours in half.