If you are trying to lose weight and are currently on a diet then the last thing you want to encounter are food cravings.
We all encounter them occasionally, and if you give in to them, then staying within your calorie limit could be difficult to achieve.
Luckily the following tips could help to cut food cravings and will ensure nothing stands in the way of your weight loss success.
Tip #1: Watch some DVN
DVN or Dynamic Visual Noise, is a complex visual pattern that has been shown to help people cut food cravings.
In a study published in the journal Appetite, those who were asked to watch DVN on their smartphones were able to resist giving into their cravings.
Below is a video showing what DVN looks like. It may not seem like much but it really works to cut cravings.
Tip #2: Take a sniff
If you are experiencing food cravings then one thing that you can do to alleviate the cravings is to take a sniff of something; for example a candle.
In one particular study, those who experienced cravings for chocolate were asked to smell green apple, jasmine and water, with those who smelled the jasmine experiencing fewer cravings thereafter.
Another smell that has been shown to reduce cravings is peppermint, so keep a little at hand for when those food cravings arise.
Tip #3: Play Tetris
To reduce food cravings then you may want to play a little Tetris.
A recent study published in the journal Addictive Behaviours discovered that playing the game could distract you from your thoughts of food.
Tip #4: Acupressure
Acupressure is a traditional form of Chinese medicine that can offer various health benefits; for example the relief of pain and headaches. It can also help to cut food cravings too.
To use acupressure yourself to curb your food cravings then try pinching your nose or earlobes for around 10 seconds before releasing.
The trick is to pinch then release a few times over the course of a few minutes, until the cravings subside.
Tip #5: Play with clay
Our final tip to help curb your cravings is to play with some clay.
A study has shown that those who play with clay experience fewer cravings than those who simply let their minds wander.
This technique works as it involves both visual and spacial awareness, which in other-words means that it distracts you from the cravings.