Do you often find that you are unable to control your food cravings? If so then this could be one of the reasons why you are unable to reach your weight loss goals.
Luckily for you the following tips will help you to fight food cravings and lose weight.
#1: Cut back on sugar full stop
There are various reasons why you should be cutting back on your intake of sugar, with food cravings being just one reason.
The problem is that sugar is highly addictive so once you consume it you will definitely end up craving more.
Sugar can give you a quick burst of energy, but as it is quickly burnt by your body you will end up searching for another ‘quick fix’ before long.
These days sugar can be found in various foods and drinks so it is always worth spending a little time reading the labels beforehand.
#2: Eat more protein and low glycemic index foods
Protein is slow to digest so will keep you feeling fuller for longer, it also releases its energy gradually so you will not suffer the energy highs and low you would associate with consuming sugar.
This is why low glycemic index foods are best consumed too, as they contain the least amount of sugar.
#3: Have a healthy breakfast
If you find yourself suffering from food cravings mid-morning then it could be the result of you not eating a healthy breakfast, or perhaps no breakfast at all.
When choosing a healthy breakfast I would suggest one that contains plenty of fibre and protein, as both are filling and slow to digest, so should help to keep you full until dinnertime.
#4: Eat healthy snacks
Despite your best efforts you may from time to time still suffer the occasional food craving. The best thing you can do is not to ignore it but rather solve the issue by eating a healthy snack.
This means some fresh fruit or a handful of nuts for example, not a bag of crisps or heavens forbid a chocolate bar.
If you leave yourself go hungry you may overindulge at your next dinner time.
#5: Get some exercise
Regular exercise is good for weight loss and your general health, it can also help to curb those food cravings too.
Exercise can help energise you and can release feel-good hormones that can help to relieve your stress levels.
It can also help to support your blood sugar levels, by ensuring they do not dip too low, which leads to the inevitable cravings.
#6: Try to relieve stress
Stress can affect the various hormones that control your appetite, resulting in extra food cravings occurring.
This is why it is important to take steps to relieve your stress levels.
I would suggest some of the following options if stress is a problem for you:
- Deep breathing exercises
- Listen to music
Even a hot bath, or an hour to yourself with your favourite book could be a good stress reliever.
#8: Get those nutrients
There are certain vitamins and nutrients that we require for our bodies to produce energy from the foods we eat, if we do not get these nutrients then you may feel sluggish and tired, which could lead onto food cravings.
You should try to get plenty of the following nutrients into your diet if possible: B vitamins, vitamin C and magnesium.