Diets sound good in theory, but everything can quickly go out the window when we find ourselves craving foods we shouldn’t. Cravings are so powerful that many of us give up our new healthy eating plans altogether. If you’re trying to lose weight or get healthy, here are some ways to reduce those annoying cravings.
1) Don’t Try to Cut Out Too Much
Trying to cut out all of your favorite foods in one go could make it a lot harder to fight the cravings. Instead, make all changes gradually. It takes time, but you can get used to going without certain foods or drinks.
2) Drink More Water
If you’re simply feeling hungry then try glugging down some water. Studies have shown that water can help fill people up and reduce cravings. In fact, we often think we feel hungry – but that feeling often comes from dehydration! If you can’t stand the taste of plain water, try drinking tea.
3) …But Don’t Drink Too Much Alcohol!
Drinking alcohol is a classic cause of food cravings. When we drink, we stop thinking as clearly and we’re a lot more likely to give into cravings. Not to mention the fact that a hangover the next day can really make greasy foods look a lot more appealing!
4) Don’t Keep Unhealthy Foods in the House
You won’t be able to give into cravings for foods that you don’t have access to! So create a shopping list and stick to it (it helps if you don’t go shopping when you’re hungry!) This also applies to eating out – try to avoid places that sell those unhealthy foods you keep indulging yourself in.
5) Make Small Changes
Even if you’re not buying unhealthy treats anymore, you still need something to snack on! So try substituting your favorite snacks for healthy alternatives (e.g. by eating dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate). This means you’ll be able to snack, but it won’t do as much damage to your diet when you do.
6) Give In Every Now and Again
A lot of these tips have started with the word “don’t”. The truth is, always concentrating on what you can’t do can leave you feeling down and more vulnerable to cravings. So understand that it’s perfectly OK to give into that sweet tooth every now and again. Give yourself a cheat day every week where you can eat whatever you like, guilt free!