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One of the most popular questions is “what is the best way to eliminate cravings?”
Look, everyone gets cravings. I get cravings, you get cravings… we all get cravings now and then. And the absolute BEST way to deal with them is with willpower. Human beings often, by nature, just don’t have the strongest willpower. It’s not how we are designed.
But, all is not lost! You can put plans and tactics in place though, to help beat your cravings:
1) Plan your food. Go into a day with a rough idea of what you will be eating to meet your protein, carb, fat and nutrient goals. The worst thing you can do is go into a day with no idea how you will meet those goals! Try tracking your food, so you have a good idea of what you are actually eating! We recommend the ‘My Fitness Pal’ app.
2) Eat enough PROTEIN! If you aren’t planning out your protein intake, you are setting yourself up for extra cravings! Protein is very satiating, keeps your blood sugar stable, and keeps cravings at bay. Most people don’t overeat on protein… :) It’s an extremely important macronutrient that needs to be eaten with every meal.
3) Eat plenty of fibrous and green vegetables. Losing weight requires you maintain a calorie deficit throughout your day-- and this can lead to hunger… which then leads to more cravings! Take broccoli, for example… add a healthy serving of broccoli to a meal to help keep calories down, but also keep you feeling full and satiated! Like protein, it’s very hard to overeat broccoli and other dark green, fibrous vegetables.
4) This one *may* surprise you… but it’s SLEEP! Make sure you are getting enough sleep. Quality sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to more frequent cravings of the wrong foods and sugar. The proper amount of quality sleep also helps you deal more effectively with stress… which can also lead to making poor choices with diet. So, get enough sleep and learn to deal with stress in healthy ways!
Now, there are a lot of tips I could add for number five. This one actually came from our FREE ladies’ fitness group… the one I mentioned above. One of the ladies suggested number five…
5) Get a snack box. Come up with your daily snacks, and pack them in a “snack box.” This way, you have snacks already prepared for when you are having cravings or feeling a bit hungry, and you know how many calories are in that box. You know if you eat everything in it, you will still stay below your daily calorie goal. This will allow you to snack, or graze, throughout the day… and still track what your daily calories are!
Plan your food. Know what you are going to eat each day… have a plan and stick to it! Make sure you plan includes enough protein! A good, healthy serving of protein at every meal will help keep you feeling full. Eat lots of dark, fibrous vegetables to help stave off cravings. Dark, fibrous green vegetables are nutrient dense, filling, and it’s not often you can eat too much broccoli! These vegetables are very low calorie, so keeping them a part of your weight loss program is a good play! Get enough sleep, and stay stress-free… lack of sleep can lead to sugar cravings and stress may kick off emotional eating. And finally, get yourself a ‘snack box’ and fill it with healthy snacking options for you to enjoy throughout the day!
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