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10 Way to Curb Your Appetite

28/01/2011by in ,

It can happen to the best of us – we have great intentions of eating healthily and manage it very nicely, thank you very much, when suddenly out of the blue it hits us like a bolt of lightning. If you can’t have that packet of ‘cheese and onion’, or that Snickers or whatever your particular craving is RIGHT NOW, you will simply explode.

Craving a particular food is a powerful sensation. For women, research shows that we tend to go for the fat/sweet combinations like ice cream, chocolate or cake. For men, favourite foods usually involve salt/fat combinations. Whatever food you fantasize about during your weaker moments, they are unfortunately often the ones that are devastating to your diet and the only thing that’s really going to explode is your waist-line.

We know that cravings can dent the intentions of even the most determined dieter. That’s why we’ve come up with the best ways to curb these cravings and help you stay on track. With these eDiets tips you no longer have to bow down to those sudden temptations…

1. Don’t skip meals. When you skip a meal, you will be more likely to experience cravings simply because you are hungry.

2. For the same reason, don’t starve yourself! Aim for a weight loss of 1-2 pounds a week and no more. If you eat too little your body will feel so deprived that these cravings are more like to strike. Keep healthy snacks like fruit handy at all times so you don’t get too hungry.

3. Drink plenty of water. Dehydration can sometimes be mistaken for hunger and can heighten cravings, especially for sweet foods.

4. Understand that cravings are a normal response to living in an environment where food, and especially junk food, is freely available. Eliminate as many food cues as possible. Don’t keep the foods you crave in your house, avoid the restaurant that serves your favourite chocolate fudge cake and choose the sweet-free check-out at the supermarket

5. Be aware that cravings pass. When you get a craving, wait 20 minutes. There is a good chance that it will subside. If it doesn’t, eat something small, you may be genuinely hungry.

6. Put distance between you and food. When the urge to eat hits stay away from the kitchen, go for a walk or leave the shopping centre and simply step away from temptation.

7. Take responsibility for your eating. Believing that certain foods are "addictive" may be a way of giving yourself permission to overeat.

8. Exercise rather than eat when you are stressed. When you eat fat/sweet food, such as chocolate, endorphins are released in the brain, which induce euphoric or pleasurable feelings. The same brain chemicals are released in response to aerobic exercise.

9. Indulge once in awhile. Don’t deprive yourself completely of your favourite foods. This all-or-nothing attitude could be your down-fall. If you crave chocolate for example, it is unlikely that you will have a big blow-out if you eat a fun size bar of chocolate or two throughout the week.

10. Be aware of your eating. Begin to identify what these foods you are craving really provide. Is it really that ice cream or are you craving the comfort and security you get when you eat it?