How To Get The Better Of Your Food Cravings…
When living a healthy fitness lifestyle there are opponents – and one of the biggest is the dreaded Mr Food Cravings!
This arch-enemy is a master of surprise, and will often sneak up on you when you’re at your weakest!
For example…..you’ve got through a stressful work day, taken care of the kids and even followed the rules of your meal plan perfectly.
Now is the time food cravings will most probably choose to strike!
They may get you thinking about that processed food in the cupboard, your favourite takeaway or that packet of biscuits that ‘won’t do you any harm!’.
This is the time to be on your guard!
SO, HOW DO WE FIGHT BACK AGAINST FOOD CRAVINGS?
Well, you can’t get rid of food cravings totally – even the most trained athlete will have them!
You can make food cravings temporarily go away by attacking them with an extra glass of water, a juicy salad, mind control, or lots of vegetables.
However, no matter how many times you beat them down, food cravings will return.
The key? Knowing how to prepare for them!
Below are my top tips on how to combat food cravings:
1) PLAN TO SUCCEED:
Do not sit patiently and wait for food cravings to attack – get ready!
Stock up on low-calorie healthy snacks you enjoy.
If there are no ready to hand healthy options when the cravings arrive you are sure of defeat!
Do you think you can skip on sleep and still beat food cravings?
It’s very unlikely!
If you don’t get 7-8 hours of sleep a night, you’re setting yourself up for an imminent attack of the munchies!
3) CRUNCHY MONSTER!
Are you desperate for some crunchy crisps? You can find some low-calorie options to these.
Crunchy alternatives like celery, cucumber and a little peanut butter are great!
4) H2O IS QUICK ON THE DRAW!
3 to 4 litres of water a day is a must.
Have a glass of water before every meal and always find a way to get your daily requirement in.
You’ll feel filled up for longer and less likely to fall to food cravings.
5) EAT OFTEN AND WELL:
Schedule your day work, lifestyle and eat every couple of hours to avoid hunger spikes in insulin levels and major hunger cravings.
6) FIBRE FOR THE SURVIVOR:
Fibre-rich foods like berries, avocado, or whole-grain oats, cereal, and pasta take longer to digest, and help you feel full.
7) DISTRACT THE CRAVINGS:
When you feel an attack of food cravings is about to take place – distract it!
Before you plough through a large pack of biscuits distract yourself for at least a minute – however you can!
This minute can allow the mind to think logically about the big picture/goal rather than the sudden urge!
8) BE CREATIVE IN YOUR COOKING:
Get creative with cooking, and find ways to turn unhealthy desserts into low-calorie treats packed with protein.
And if you do take a direct hit from food cravings, don’t worry!
Get back on track straight away rather than giving up!
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Ian David Worthington
Creator, Owner and Coach at GymWolfPT.com