Five simple ways to control your cravingsLast updated on Feb 18, 2020, 12:10 am
Having a control on your overwhelming desire to eat certain food items might sound like an arduous task, especially when you are following a diet. But, it is possible.
It is quite important to train your brain so that you can control your cravings, in order to avoid gaining unwanted weight.
Here are some simple tips to help you control your cravings.
A craving is simply a desire for particular food items, and desires can be controlled.
So, when you have a strong craving, distracting your mind is the first thing you should do.
Try doing something you enjoy, such as reading, watching a movie, or taking your pet out for a walk.
This will certainly shift your focus.
Know your triggers
Identifying the factors that trigger your cravings can be difficult at first, but it is important to know them to kick away your cravings, in the long run.
Triggers could be anything, from the smell of your favorite food to certain memories associated with that food item.
Try staying away from your triggers, to fight off your cravings.
Commit to change
Keeping a check on your will to change might also help you overcome your cravings.
Since it's all in the mind, having a strong sense of commitment towards the desired change is imperative.
It is important to understand that nothing can stop you from conquering your health goals.
Strong determination and consistency will drive you to a healthier lifestyle.
Thirst is often confused with hunger or cravings.
So, the next time you feel a strong craving for a food item, just gulp down a glassful of water, and wait for a few minutes. This may help in controlling your craving, partially or perhaps completely.
Further, aim to drink 8-12 glasses of water everyday, so as to stay hydrated and avoid overeating.
Attach positivity to your diet
When you eat something you like, your brain releases "feel good" hormones, that make you feel satisfied.
We suggest you to mix your diet food with small portions of food item you actually like.
This way, you can train your brain in such a way that every time you eat your diet food, you feel that sense of satisfaction.