Our body needs to have its daily food intake. Hence, since the dawn of recorded history, the food we consume has been compartmentalised into breakfast, lunch and dinner, in order to intake, digest and then nourish our bodies with the food that we consume.
Cravings, on the other hand, are a totally different story. Cravings are mostly described by the want for something, be it needed for the body or not. And, cravings for food, more often than not, maybe harmful to the body. They are the guilty pleasures that you feel compelled to give in to, even if it means disrupting your fitness program or diet plans. But, instead of jeopardising your efforts to achieve fitness, why not find a way to deal with your food temptations.
How to do that? Here, we have a few simple hacks that’ll help you tackle your food cravings.
- Drinking Water
This might seem strange; however, hunger is often confused with thirst. The next time you crave for something, try drinking a glass of water. The craving will disappear in no time.
- Keep Comfort Food Out
We all have that one comfort food that we can snack on anytime of the day. This item often becomes the craving food in times of stress and anxiety. If you can manage to keep it out of the house, or your workstation, half your battle is won.
- Chew Gum
One of the best ways to trick the mind and body, when you crave for some food item is to chew on gum. Chewing gums are known to reduce appetite and food cravings, and work as a better alternative to snacking, which often results in higher calorie consumption. Make sure the gums are sugar-free though!
- Plan Your Meals in Advance
Plan your meals in advance, for the day or the week. This enables you to be less inclined to feed your body with cravings. Also, plan your time to indulge in some of your favourite high-calorie foods in advance, so that when the cravings strike, you know you’d be eating that food item in a few days’ time. Ignoring your food cravings entirely is not recommended and sometimes may lead to negative consequences. At the end of the day, life is meant to be enjoyed, right?
- Distract yourself
The general time that a craving for any food lasts is 15 to 20 minutes. You can distract yourself with some other activity that will take your mind off it. And after some time, you won’t remember about the craving at all.
These are some of the easiest and best ways of dealing with food cravings. So, the next time the food craving monster strikes you, you know what to do!