No matter how much you want to lose weight and get healthier, and no matter how dedicated you feel to your plan, almost everyone combats cravings at some point. And since will power can only last so long, you might wonder if you will ever completely eradicate those cravings and succeed at your plan.
The thing is, you really can’t rely upon will power entirely. What you need are the proper tools and methods to prevent cravings in the first place.
Don’t wait until you’re starving. Once five or six hours have passed without a meal, you’re going to feel so hungry that you’ll need nerves of steel to resist temptation! You can prevent this situation by eating a low-calorie, high-fiber snack in between meals. A piece of fruit is ideal.
Eat according to a low glycemic index. Eating high glycemic foods (like simple carbs) will lead to a fast blood sugar spike, followed by a crash. And that crash will bring cravings. Eat according to a low glycemic index (high in protein, complex carbs, and good fats) to keep blood sugar levels more even. You can also add a big of vinegar to your food, in salad dressings and sauces, because vinegar helps with this issue as well. But no, you can’t eat a cookie and then chase it with a shot of vinegar! It doesn’t work that way.
Don’t face temptation while hungry. You know that attending a party or even grocery shopping can lead to a full-on battle between temptation and will power. Don’t sabotage yourself by going into those situations hungry! Have an acceptable snack, like fruit, fresh veggies, or some lean protein before you even leave the house.
Take it slow. It can be easy to overdo it at meal times if you’re in a rush to eat. The stomach requires time to send the brain fullness signals, so intentionally slow yourself down. Set down your fork between bites, drink water, and chat with your dinner companion.
Avoid thirst. It’s very common for the brain to interpret thirst as hunger. Avoid these miscues by carrying a refillable water bottle, and keep yourself hydrated.
Even while practicing these habits, you will probably experience cravings from time to time. Make an appointment with us to discuss your weight loss plan and methods, and we can also talk about oral appetite suppressants if you desire a little extra help.