Cravings for junk food is understandable if it is something you have always eaten, especially if it is something you have turned to when you are feeling unhappy about something.
However, if your aim is to lose weight then you must try not to give into those cravings, which can be easier said than done.
Here are 5 habits you really should try to change as they are likely causing those junk food cravings:
#1: You skip meals
Those of us who skip meals tend to have lower blood sugar levels, which means that when you do eat you will experience a surge when you eat.
Unfortunately as those who skip meals tend to choose foods made from refined carbs (junk food) then it is quickly burnt. This will leave you feeling hungry again.
If possible you should try to avoid skipping meals, instead you should try to eat every 4-5 hours to ensure your blood sugar levels never drop too low.
#2: You feel tired constantly
If you tend not to get enough sleep then you may find that food cravings may get the better of you on occasion.
The reason for this is an increase in the hormone cortisol, which is produced when you are tired.
To stop your body from over-producing this hormone you should make sure you get at least 7 hours sleep each night.
#3: You feel stressed
Another cause of cortisol production is stress, so if you lead a stressful life then you may find that you are more prone to junk food cravings.
To relieve stress there are various methods you can use, for example you could:
- Listen to music
- Read a book
- Try yoga
- Have a warm bath
#4: You buy junk food
If you buy junk food then obviously there will be more temptation for you, so my advice would be to simply stop buying it.
Next time you are feeling hungry or experience cravings you will be forced to eat something healthier and before long your mind-set will change and you will no longer be so reliant on junk food.