Struggling with food cravings?
Do you grab a piece of chocolate to cope with your afternoon slump?
If so, it’s time to change your eating habits.
It won’t be easy, but it’s worth the effort.
The key to overcoming food cravings is to keep your blood sugar levels stable.
You also have to make sure your diet provides the vitamins and minerals required for optimal health.
Here are some tips to help you out:
Eat a Balanced Diet
Food cravings are often caused by nutrient deficiencies. If you crave pasta and bread, you need more chromium in your diet. This mineral can be found in lettuce, onions, and sweet potatoes.
Chocolate cravings are a sign of magnesium deficiency.
If you feel the urge to eat salt, snack on celery, kelp, olives and other chloride-rich foods.
Grab Some Gum
Most cravings last about 10 minutes. Next time you want cake, chocolate, or chips, grab some chewing gum.
This simple trick will help you overcome cravings and stick to your diet.
Load Up on Protein
Protein keeps you full and helps reduce sugar cravings.
It also accelerates your metabolism, so you’ll burn more calories at rest.
To get more protein in your diet, eat lean meat, fish, seafood, cottage cheese, eggs, and leafy green vegetables.
Make sure each meal includes a source of protein.
Go Cold Turkey
Sometimes the best way to beat food cravings is to avoid the trigger.
For example, if you constantly crave chocolate, don’t buy any. Refrain yourself from eating this treat for at least one month.
As time passes your cravings will be less intense and eventually go away. All you have to do is to stop buying those foods that you crave.
Just remember the old saying – out of sight, out of mind.
Stress and lack of sleep are often the culprit behind food cravings. Sleeping a few more hours can help you slim down and beat sugar addiction.
On top of that, you’ll have a better mood and increased energy.
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