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How to Tell the Difference Between Hunger and Cravings

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Once you’ve learned how to determine if you’re experiencing real hunger or cravings, it’s up to you to decide what to do. It’s okay to enjoy a treat every now and again, so try not to be too hard on yourself or feel guilty when you do. However, if you find yourself indulging too often, that’s when it’s time to step in and make some changes.

1. Keep Your Home ‘Problem Food’ Free

One of the easiest ways to stop yourself from eating ‘problem foods’ is not keeping them in the house at all. We all have those foods where if we know they’re there, we will eat them. For some, it’s chips, other’s it’s soda, ice cream, frozen pizza, you name it! Save these treats for a special occasion, and don’t stock them in your house like regular groceries.

2. Replace Items You Crave with Similar but Healthier Options

If you’re having a hard time letting go of your cravings, it can help to fill the void with similar but healthier options. For example, if you love soda, but are missing a bubbly drink in your life, try a healthier choice like sparkling water with a splash of lime. It may not be the same as a sugary soda, but it is a refreshing alternative, that you’ll learn to enjoy more and more over time. Every time you choose the healthier option over your cravings, you prove to yourself that you have the willpower to say ‘no’ to cravings.

3. Keep Moving Forward

It may be harder than you think to cut your cravings cold turkey. If you’re new to practicing self-control, go easy on yourself. If and when you do give in to your cravings, keep moving forward. It’s easy to let one slip up take you down a spiral of guilty indulgences. Instead, remind yourself that one treat won’t change your progress, it’s your long-term habits and overall healthy lifestyle that make the biggest difference, so keep your cool and keep moving forward.

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