How To Combat Cravings
I’m sat in Friska drinking black coffee.
But in all honesty all I want to be doing is eating cookies and drinking chocolate.
Do you ever get like that? When you are craving, sweet, fatty foods that you know aren’t part of your goals?
Sure you do. I don’t know of anyone that doesn’t.
The problem is, when you’re dieting, these cravings become more prominent.
Dieting means at times you will be hungry. That’s something you have to accept.
So learning how to combat cravings is crucial to your success. Fortunately there are a few ideas I have that may help you do such a thing.
How To Combat Cravings
Diet drinks. Any of them. Whatever suits your taste.
These work well at suppressing hunger.
And, no, despite what you hear, diet fizzy drinks aren’t extremely bad for you and won’t cause half the things people claim.
If you are drinking 4-5 cans a day, then yes, that amount may cause you problems down the line.
But a few cans of diet soda/pop a week?
Nah, you’ll be okay. Drinking diet fizzy drinks can actually help you lose weight.
I’ll leave you with a quote on diet drinks from the team over at Examine.
“There are no studies that indicate any long-term health risks from drinking diet soda. Diet Soda….is not harmful to health, well-being, or body composition” ~ Examine.com
If you are still apprehensive, or just don’t like/want to drink them, that’s okay.
You don’t have to and there are other strategies you can use to combat your cravings.
Snacking on nutrient dense, low calories foods works well too.
Foods like raw vegetables – carrots, celery, cucumber.
Low calorie jelly pots (most of these have less than 10 calories)
Low calorie ice lollies (perfect for hot weather)
It’s hard to overeat these foods and they’ll help keep you full and satisfied.
I know, eating carrot sticks isn’t the most appealing thing in the world BUT if it stops you binging on 500 calories worth of chocolate….
These are the kind of sacrifices you need to make to reach your goals.
Might suck a little now, but the rewards are well worth it when you achieve them.
To avoid giving into willpower when all you want to do is eat and eat, you need to be prepared.
Carry around with you low calorie, nutrient dense foods. Drink diet soda. Drink *lots* of water.
Make sure you are setting yourself up for success, not failure.
Put in the work now so you can reap the rewards later.
In other news, I’m on to my second black coffee and going strong. Not quite time to break out the carrot sticks yet.