Cravings – we all have them, it’s normal. My top tip? Outsmart your cravings.
Some research suggests that trying to eliminate favorite foods from your diet can lead to increased cravings, particularly cravings for the foods you are trying to avoid. But other studies demonstrate that with sensible portions, commonly craved foods can be part of a healthful diet to support weight loss.
Based on the research, a trick to outsmarting cravings may be to enjoy your favorite indulgent foods in a way that is consistent with your health and weight loss goals. The following tips can help you create your own plan to outsmart cravings and enjoy your favorite foods in moderation.
1. Make it an occasion. 15% fun
Save your favorite indulgent treats for a special occasion. For example, if you crave ice cream, go out with friends for an ice cream cone instead of keeping a gallon of ice cream in your freezer. When you decide to indulge, you’ll be sure to enjoy your craved foods to the fullest while avoiding the constant temptation of these foods in your home.
2. Plan for a smart portion
One concern with craving is that they often lead us to eat more than intended. Outsmart your cravings by planning for portion control. Whether you are craving something savory and crunchy or something decadently sweet, choosing an individually packaged, portion-controlled option can help you satisfy cravings without the guilt.
3. Balance indulgent foods with healthful options
Including your favorite, most craved foods in a way that still supports your health and weight loss goals mean making balanced choices. One way you can find balance is to include a sensible portion of craved foods as part of a healthful meal. Imagine you are craving pizza. Instead of eating only pizza, plan a more balanced meal that includes one or two slices of your favorite pie along with a large, crisp salad. Balancing indulgent foods with healthful options is likely to leave you feeling more satisfied and can help you consume fewer calories overall.
Choosing a more balanced, sensible approach to indulgent foods can help you conquer your cravings for weight loss success. Remember, attempting to cut out your favorite foods from your diet is not only unnecessary but might be counterproductive for achieving your health and weight loss goals.
Second tip: Identifying why you have these cravings, is another strategy-maybe your body communicating with you and could be indicating you need a specific nutrient.
Cookies, cake – needing quick calories, energy boost, minerals.
Try to eat an Isalean Shake, rice, sweet potatoes, potassium-packed produce like bananas and avocados.
Chocolate – often indicate that your body is deficient in magnesium, which is a common deficiency. Dark green leafy veggies are a great source!