Healthy Eating

4 Tricks For Avoiding Giving Into Cravings

Most people can agree that eating is an enjoyable thing that gives us pleasure.  Apart from the pleasure, eating together can also be a great way to pass the time socially.  Going to a restaurant and laughing and enjoying different tastes together is an ancient custom that has passed down through the ages.  

Problems start to present themselves, however, when you start to indulge on a regular basis rather than just once in awhile.  Many people find themselves bored at home and use food as a way to pass the time.  When they start to feel a certain way they may self-medicate with their biggest cravings which can soon become an addiction.  If you start to feel yourself giving into cravings more than you would like, try these tips to cut back.

Chew Gum

Studies show that chewing gum throughout the day can cut as many as 500 calories out of your daily intake.  Sometimes we can believe that we are hungry but in fact, we are just experiencing an oral fixation and want to taste and do something with our mouths.

The next time you feel like you want to reach for a piece of chocolate or eat a bag of chips, try reaching for a piece of sugar-free gum instead.  If you still feel a strong craving following this simple tip.  Wait a few minutes and if the craving subsides, you know you weren’t actually hungry.  If you still feel hungry then grab a healthy snack instead.

Drink Sparkling Water

Sparkling water is a great way to not only hydrate your body without consuming sugars or extra calories, but the carbonation will make you feel fuller longer.

Try drinking sparkling water throughout the day and adding some citrus to it for a little extra calorie-free zest.

Find Substitutes

Sometimes the best way to cut out your cravings is to substitute them for something else.  When you want to have chips, try making sure that you have something similar on hand that is half the calories.  Many people swear by kale chips which are a nutritious way to get in a salty and satisfying crunch without adding to your love handles.

If you are craving sugar try having a piece of fruit or some natural yogurt instead.  Once you start to get used to your substitutes the cravings will start to gradually subside.

Brush Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth is an old tip which many athletes and models use.  Your brain is wired to believe that you are done eating for the day when you brush your teeth at night.  Not only will a quick brush shut down your brain from wanting to eat, but also the minty flavor will satisfy your hunger.