We’ve all been there – the hardest part of sticking to any diet is staving off the cravings that creep in and threaten to ruin your hard work. Especially if you’re on a very strict diet, these can be nearly impossible to avoid. If you were used to eating certain things before you were on the diet, especially unhealthy things, then your body is going to keep craving them even after you give them up. Like any addiction, finding alternatives takes time, effort, and patience. There’s no way to get rid of your cravings for good in a day, but these three things will definitely help you on your way to be a master craving killer.
Cravings tend to creep up on you the most when you’re sitting around doing nothing, so keep yourself busy. Whenever the desire to start snacking comes knocking, that means it’s time for you to get moving. Does your kitchen need cleaned? How about your bathroom? Clean it, and then see how you feel. Sitting idle will allow thoughts of all the foods you can’t eat anymore to get back in your head, but usually if you do something else and move around for a while, you won’t feel hungry anymore. Or, maybe put something on the TV. Pick a movie instead of watching a show, because the food ads during commercial breaks are major diet destroyers. Spend time with friends or pets whenever possible. Being with others and having them to distract you is a prime way to ensure that you don’t binge at all. People especially will help you if you’re dieting, because they’ll scold you when you want to make a poor decision.
If you really want a snack, there are plenty of things you can have that are way better for you than chips or sweets. A perfect food to kill your cravings on site is almonds. They’re a great source of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA’s), so not only are they filling, but also they’re incredibly good for you. Keeping a handful of them on you at all times to pull out in a pinch can help you out more than you think. If you want something a little sweeter, try trail mix. You can make it out of nuts, berries, granola, and whatever other healthy ingredients you want to put in there. Small bits of dark chocolate can also go in there to really sate your sweet tooth, and get rid of all those awful inklings towards binge eating. Popcorn is another great way to fill up without going over your calorie intake. Getting a low fat, low salt pack of popcorn will allow you to eat what seems like a lot, but isn’t really much at all fat-wise. Allowing yourself to eat like this when you have a craving will keep you from giving up on your diet and caving.
Are You Really Hungry?
Before you find a snack, ask yourself if you’re actually hungry, or if you’re just bored. A great way to test this out is to have a glass of water. If you’re still hungry after drinking a whole glass of water, then you’re actually hungry. If you feel full after the glass, then chances are you didn’t really need food at all. When you go on a diet, the body still craves all the fatty foods it had gotten used to, and tells your mind that you need them even if that isn’t true. You can save yourself a lot of stress and disappointment by actually taking the time to understand your body and your cravings, and why you’re having those cravings at all instead of immediately indulging them.