If you’re resolving to live a healthier lifestyle and shed a few extra pounds, congratulations! Having the resolve is really the first step towards achieving your weight goal. Being fit is really one of the best things that you could do for yourself, and every sacrifice that it entails is all worth it. During your journey towards better health, the biggest challenges that you will face are the food cravings that will occur now and then. Here are some tips on how to control them:
Keep temptation away from you. This would be the single best thing you could do to keep your food cravings at bay. Keep your fridge stocked only with healthful food such as fruits, nuts, cereal, wholewheat bread, and veggies; keep a jar of dried fruit at hand in your office space. Keep away all junk and sugar out of sight. That way, if you do experience food cravings, you’d automatically reach out for something that will benefit your body.
Do your grocery shopping when you’re full. When you go to a grocery store hungry, it’s like going to battle unarmed and without training. You have to go to a grocery feeling full and with a list, and you’d better be able to resist the temptation of buying that new flavor of your favorite brand of chips.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Many times, the hunger that you may feel is actually just thirst in disguise. When you feel a food craving coming in, try to quiet it by drinking a glass or two of water. You may be surprised at how fast your food craving will go away after that. And the best thing about this is that your body can’t get enough of water, and drinking it will actually even speed up your metabolism.
Be conscious of every single thing you put in your mouth. Think of your body as an expensive car. You wouldn’t want to put just any junk in a car’s engine, would you? And your body even goes beyond this analogy – nothing could illustrate how precious your body and your health is to your life. With this type of mindset, it’s easier to avoid food that will be harmful to your health. List down everything that you eat, and watch whether what you are putting in your body is harmful or beneficial to you.
In addition, try to observe the times that you experience food cravings. You may notice that there is a trend to it. Once you identify the specific times that you experience the cravings, you’d better be able to equip yourself to combat these cravings.
Engage the help of your friends and family members. By involving your friends and family members, you’d be relieved of part of the burden of going on a healthful diet.
There you have it! These are just some of the ways to control food cravings during your diet. Expect to have some off days when you might just give in to your temptation, but the most important thing is that you get right back on the diet wagon and continue your journey towards better health! Good luck!