5 Ways To Stop Food Cravings
Craving salty, processed and sweet foods is something we are all faced with from time to time. Usually the foods we crave are ones that are going to hold us back from reaching our fat loss goals so let’s look at a few things we can implement to help this.
Here are 5 ways to stop food cravings…
1: Get enough sleep
Loss of sleep increases hunger during the day, which leads to cravings. Getting enough good quality sleep each night can be beneficial for preventing cravings. I highly suggest winding down prior to going to sleep. Read a book or go for a relaxed walk instead of staying up till all hours looking at your phone. I also suggest you supplement with magnesium and zinc, these are 2 very inexpensive supplements that will help you get a deeper/better quality of sleep.
2: Eat a good quality breakfast.
For some people, cravings are part of a cycle of blood sugar highs and lows that can be kicked off almost the moment their feet hit the floor in the morning. A breakfast high in protein and fats is more likely to control this cycle.
Examples of good quality breakfast.
Eggs + Bacon + Spinach
Bullet proof Coffee – Whey Protein Powder
Smoked Salmon – Avocado – Mixed Greens
Note: The quantity of these foods will differ from each person, we are all individual and require different amounts of food in order to reach our desired goals.
3: Find Healthy Alternatives
There are loads of healthy alternatives out there that you can implement into your diet instead of giving into bad food choices. When it comes to weight loss you want it to be as sustainable as possible as this will allow for consistency and consistency is number 1 when it comes to weight loss, strength and progression going forward.
If you are someone who has a sweet tooth you can implement things like Greek yoghurt and blueberries into your diet for a healthy snack. Other healthy alternatives would be dark chocolate, nuts, Protein powders, protein bars and things like almond butter.
I wouldn’t be a big advocator of calorie free soft drinks but if you are someone who tends to drink cans of coke etc. on a daily basis try and swap these for a calorie free soft drink and cut back to 1-2 per week. This will allow for a huge improvement going forward.
4: Eat when you are hungry
This is a huge one for people who work longs day and hectic jobs. Eat a good nutritious meal when you are hungry instead of putting the hunger off and continuing with your day. Far too often I see people putting their work in front of their health and this will lead to you going for the closest food choice possible to you when you get a chance to eat which can often be fast and processed foods.
5: Identify you craving triggers
Emotional eating is a real phenomenon. You might notice you tend to encounter more cravings in times of stress, anxiety or when feeling down. Try to handle these situations better through meditation or getting out of the house and going for a walk to take time out and clear the head so it doesn’t lead to you binge eating.
So There you have it 5 Ways to Stop Food Cravings. If you look for more information on this or any other topic, go ahead and get in touch.