Overcoming your Unhealthy Snack Cravings
Sometimes it can be tempting to choose a burger over a salad, a piece of chocolate over a piece of fruit or any other less healthy option over the healthier alternative. Having the occasional treat won’t do any harm but curbing your cravings for fatty and sugary things on a more regular basis can be done.
Planning your meals
Planning your meals in advance and even allowing for appropriate snacks, will mean you’re less likely to get hungry between meals and give in to your cravings for the foods you’re trying to avoid. Plans such as those on the 1:1 Diet have a wide choice of diet food, which not only cater for all dietary requirements but are also delicious. Considering how many people fail diets because of the bland food and the temptation of better tasty but unwholesome foods, taste is an important consideration when choosing a diet plan. Having a consultant on hand is also a bonus as they can be a great source of information and encouragement.
If you’re likely to be busy at work and unable to buy your chosen food, try to ensure you prepare a suitable packed lunch.
Drink more water
Drinking more water can make you feel fuller. So, you’ll be less likely to seek out those foods which are best left as occasional treats. Aside from the health benefits of hydrating your body and improving your skin; getting enough water, alongside eating regular healthy meals or snacks, is likely to help you resist cravings.
Deal with your stress
If you’re one of the people who find yourself comfort eating when you’re stressed, dealing with the cause of the problems is the best way. This could be through exercise, which will also help you to lose weight quicker, or speaking with friends or a therapist if the stress persists. Finding a way to work through your problems and eliminate stress wherever possible, will help you feel better in yourself, and eliminate the need for comfort eating.
Track your sleep
You may think you’re getting enough sleep but if you keep track of how long you’re actually sleeping, you may be surprised. If you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re more like to snack on unhealthy foods to give yourself an instant boost, thereby undoing all your hard work so far. There are several ways to track your sleep.
Slow down when eating
Eating slowly will mean you enjoy your food more and will feel fuller quicker. It can take a while for your stomach to catch up and feel full, so eating slowly will allow for this and perhaps even prevent the craving for a dessert after a meal. That is particularly helpful if dessert is one of your weaknesses when it comes to food.
It may seem difficult at first, but like many things, resisting your cravings will take time and eventually you’ll form healthier eating habits, while still being able to enjoy the occasional treat.