Every person experiences cravings differently. Cravings are often for junk foods and processed foods high in sugar, salt, and fat.
Food cravings are a major roadblock for people trying to maintain a healthy weight or switch to a more healthful diet. Luckily, there are some simple steps to take to handle these cravings.
Different people will experience different types of food cravings. Often, the craving is for foods high in sugar and fats, which can make maintaining a healthful diet difficult.
Food cravings are caused by the regions of the brain that are responsible for memory, pleasure, and reward.
Emotions may also be involved in producing a food craving, especially if a person eats for comfort.
Pregnant women experience especially strong cravings, which may be due to hormonal changes that can disrupt their taste and smell receptors.
There is also the possibility of a connection between the cravings and nutrients. This is the idea that the body craves certain foods because it lacks certain nutrients.
There are a variety of ways to reduce unwanted food cravings. These include:
Reducing stress levels
Stress and emotional eating can influence a variety of health issues. Feeling stressed may promote emotional eating and cravings for comfort foods.
Stress may also cause weight gain on its own, without extra food cravings. Stress results in higher levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, which may promote belly fat.
Drinking plenty of water
Hunger and thirst can produce very similar sensations in the mind, causing it to become confused. One of the easiest ways to reduce food cravings is to make sure the body is hydrated throughout the day.
Getting enough sleep
Getting a good night’s rest means you will feel refreshed an energized during the day, preventing sugar cravings from kicking in and balancing your hormones.
Eating enough protein
A healthful diet should contain plenty of lean sources of protein, as they may help reduce cravings.
Chewing gum keeps the mouth busy and may help reduce both sweet and salty cravings.
Changing the scenery
Changing habits, such as stopping at the park instead of picking up fast food on the way home, can help to reduce cravings in the long-term.
For cravings at home, it may help to take a walk around the block, take a shower, or even call a friend. These things may help distract a person from their craving long enough for it to subside.
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