4 Tips to Get Rid of Cravings for Good
We’ve all had them before. Sometimes they last a couple hours, or a day. Sometimes, it seems like they can go on forever! Cravings are what people blame as the ultimate sabotage to their health and fitness goals. But it’s not so much the cravings that are the problem. It’s everything we do leading up to these cravings that’s the real issue. In this article, we’ll give you four extremely useful tips on how to avoid cravings for good.
Why Do We Have Cravings?
An important lesson we feel everyone should know is why we have cravings in the first place. This can be due to a few reasons:
- The food we crave is easy to digest, and rapidly absorbed into our bloodstream
- The food we crave is calorie dense, and our body wants it in order to provide our body with energy
- The food we crave is highly addictive, and packed with sugar, making it hard to resist
- The food we crave has a valuable nutrient present in it that we’re lacking in our diet
Regardless of the reason, we’ve outlined these tips to aid you in any situation you find yourself in.
Tip #1: Don’t go to the grocery store hungry
Probably the worst thing you can do is go food shopping when you’re hungry. While you’re in there, instead of picking up foods you need, you’ll wind up picking foods you want. You’ll be thinking with your stomach, not with your brain.
What to Do
- Make sure you eat a meal or healthy snack before going food shopping
Tip #2: Don’t buy the foods you crave
“If it’s in your house, you’ll eventually eat it.” Willpower, as we know it, is a myth. There’s no such thing. If something is in your grasp that you want, it’s only a matter of time before you cave in and have it. The best thing you can do is avoid putting these items into your cart and bringing them home.
What to Do
- Write out a list of exactly what you need and don’t deviate from it
- Shop around the outside of the store where you’ll find whole foods and a lack of processed treats
Tip #3: Plan your food
“A failure to plan is a plan to fail.” This tip piggy-backs off of the previous tips. Each day, plan times for you to sit down and eat your food. Notice how we have time for everything on our schedule except what’s not on it? When was the last time “eat lunch” or “make dinner” was on your schedule? Plan food into your life, don’t just assume we’ll “fit it in” whenever we can. That never happens!
What to Do
- Plan out your weekly grocery list and day/time you’re going to go
- Each day, write in the times in which you will sit down for each meal. Plan 30 minutes so you are not rushed
Tip #4: Eat nutrient dense foods
As we said earlier, we normally crave foods that are no good for us. Swapping out these cravings for a healthy snack is a good alternative, but only if we actually need the calories! Just because we traded ice cream for a fruit bowl doesn’t necessarily mean we wont gain weight. At the end of the day, too many calories is going to result in weight gain. Our best bet to avoid cravings is the work we do throughout the day to ensure we get a proper balance of protein, fruits and vegetables, and dietary fats to keep our body fueled properly.
What do Do
- Check out this Calorie Control Guide to see how to eat properly at each meal and get the proper balance of nutrients you need