Food Cravings And Dieting: The Dilemma Deduced

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Food cravings are every dieter’s nightmare; they are intense and sometimes, irresistible. These are intense or uncontrollable desires for specific foods, stronger than normal hunger. If your cravings start to run amok and demand satisfaction every day, take heart: You’re not at the mercy of your food desires. You can learn to outsmart them.

When a food craving strikes, try drinking a large glass of water and wait a few minutes. If the craving goes away, the body may just have been thirsty.

Try to distance yourself from it. For example, you can take a brisk walk or a shower to shift your mind onto something else. A change in thought and environment may help stop the craving.

Eating more protein may reduce your appetite and keep you from overeating. Protein may be especially helpful at breakfast resulted in fewer cravings for sweet or savoury foods. Those who ate breakfast with high protein content had fewer cravings for savoury foods.

Stress can play a role in hunger cravings, and long-term stressors can cause some people to crave foods that are sugary or more calorie-dense.

Believe it or not, sometimes the best way to deal with food cravings is to grit your teeth and wait it out. If you simply ignore it and move on, it may disappear. 

Any of the strategies above, or a combination, may help to reduce cravings for foods rich in sugars and other types of carbohydrate. Ultimately, a person will see the best results if they make dietary changes that they can maintain in the long term.