Do you hear cookies calling your name? Tune them out with these tips.
It happens to all of us. No matter how healthily we eat, sometimes chocolate or cookies or even a donut calls out our name. And we listen. Pretty soon, the secret stash of sweets is gone and, with it, your latest attempts at weight management.
If you’re ready to kick your food cravings to the curb, adopt a healthy eating plan that prevents you feeling the need for that piece of chocolate.
Drink more water. The first thing to address is dehydration. Many people don’t listen to what their body is saying, and they have lost the ability to know the difference between hunger and dehydration. If you feel a craving coming on, drink plenty of water instead of giving in to temptation. More often than not, you’ll feel satisfied after water.
Eat three regular meals. The worst cravings strike when you’ve waited too long to eat or have skipped a meal altogether. This produces a slightly hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) state in your body, and your body responds by craving something full of sugar. Instead, eat regularly to avoid these crash cravings. If you know that your next meal is coming up in an hour, you’re less likely to snack on chocolate.
Eat dark chocolate. Swap out milk chocolate for dark chocolate. Dark chocolate contains less sugar and calories than most other chocolates, and can help you to meet your cravings without the intake of excess sugar and calories. Aim to have a couple of small pieces and no more.
Go deeper. Craving sweets may be more than your body wanting sugar. It could be that you’re using chocolate and cookies to satisfy your need for love and positive self-esteem.