How to Overcome Food Cravings

Overcome-Food-CravingsNow that you know why you are craving certain foods, it’s time to find ways to overcome them. Overcoming cravings might seem simple but it can be one of the hardest things to do.

Here are the latest tricks from researchers and experts:

Avoid your triggers.

“You crave what you eat, so if you switch what you’re eating, you can weaken your old cravings and strengthen new ones,” says Marcia Pelchat, PhD, of the Monell Center. Gradually cutting out and avoiding what you are craving helps you to begin to want them less.

Do away with temptation.

Go through your kitchen pantry and get rid of all the foods that you crave. If you bought a box of cookies on your last shopping trip, throw them out (or give them away).

Munch on nuts.

Eat an ounce of nuts with two glasses of water to help you overcome your craving. The crunchy will satisfy your need to chew and the water will make you feel full.

Let go of stress.

Stress is a huge reason for cravings. Learning how to reduce and deal with the daily stress in your life can help you overcome food cravings. Look for different techniques like deep breathing or exercising that can help.

Take a power nap.

Are you tired? Cravings often become strong when we’re fatigued. Take a quick power nap to re-energize.

Keep your hands and mind busy.

Food cravings can be triggered by boredom. Find activities to keep your hands and your mind busy.

Sniff scented oil.

Scent is a powerful sense. It can affect our emotions in many ways. Use scented oils to help you reduce anxiety, calm you or to curb your appetite.

Chew Gum.

Keeping your mouth busy with gum or even tea tree toothpicks can help reduce the desire to eat mindlessly.

Have a cup of tea.

Take a few moments to sip a cup of warm black tea. Sipping something warm has calming effect that combats cravings.

Indulge – within limits.

It’s okay to indulge occasionally as long as you don’t overdo it. Don’t go for a whole pint of ice cream. Instead, have one scoop at your favorite ice cream shop. Instead of buying a large box of cookies, try purchase single 100-calorie packs. That way you aren’t tempted to reach for more bags or a whole box.

Lift any bans.

If you’re eating a very limited number of calories, 1000 or less a day or are restricting entire food groups like carbs, you’re more likely to have food cravings. Plan to enjoy a smaller portion of your favorite foods. Share a slice of cake with a friend instead of the whole cake by yourself.

Eliminate habits.

Are you a creature of habit? Do you have to have pizza on movie night or ice cream after dinner? Instead, on movie night, why not fix a healthy dinner together with your family to eat while watching the movie? Instead of having ice cream every evening, why not go for a walk instead?

The above ideas are a general guide in overcoming most food cravings. Whenever a craving hits, ask yourself why you are craving it and what you can do instead to overcome it. Here’s a video that talk about breaking your food addictions:


Certain foods or food type cravings can be more difficult to overcome than others can. Sugar, alcohol, carbohydrates, and caffeine are some of the top offenders. Tomorrow I’m going to going to begin talking about the more specific cravings and alternative ways to overcome them.

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