5 Ways to Combat Cravings

Combat Cravings

Combat Cravings

If you are trying to lose weight or if you are simply trying to follow a more nutritious diet, one of your biggest obstacles may be getting your cravings under control.  Whether you love sweet or salty, chocolate or fruity, we all have our weaknesses and getting beyond those cravings can be challenging.  By utilizing these little tricks, however, you will be better capable of bypassing the treats and sticking to a healthier eating plan.

Count on Water

Drinking lots of water is a big part of following a healthy diet plan, but did you know it can also help you fend off cravings as well?  In fact, drinking water is one of the easiest and most effective way to satisfy your hunger because it will give you a filling of fullness.  By drinking water when you have a craving, you can make yourself feel fuller and more satisfied, which will help you pass on those treats you know you shouldn’t have anyway.

Find a Substitute

Another way to fend off cravings is to find something else that you can eat as a substitute.  If you really want to eat something crunchy, skip the chips and eat some veggies instead. If chocolate is your weakness, find a low-fat substitute that you can eat instead.

Distract Yourself

When those cravings are nagging at you, find a way to distract yourself so you won’t think about eating.  If you have favorite hobby, for example, indulge yourself in that hobby rather than caving in to your craving.

Keep it Out of the House

By now, you know what your weaknesses are. To prevent temptation, don’t keep your favorite snacks in stock at your house. If you have to go to the store to by the item you are craving, you will be less likely to indulge yourself. If you are really having a hard time fending off the craving and you do decide to run to the store to buy it, the travel time may give you enough time to talk yourself out of it.

Keep it Under Control

If you can’t help yourself and you finally do cave into your craving, make sure you eat it in moderation. Give yourself a small portion to satisfy your craving, forgive yourself for slipping and then get right back on the healthy eating bandwagon.