Being on a diet can be challenging and food cravings can make it even more difficult.It is exactly the time when our will to sustain a balanced diet is being highly tested. Read on … So why do we have food cravings and especially unhealthy ones? Food cravings literally mean that the body has its signals mixed up, and there are a variety of reasons to blame for that. Here I include the important ones in no particular order:
- Lack of sufficient hydration: many times if not hydrated right, the sense of thirst can easily melt as hunger and increase food cravings. Coffee, tea, soda, and other drinks can make it even worse! Lack of hydration can cause many more side effects such as: constant fatigue, slow metabolic rate and weight gain, reduced immune function, hormonal imbalances, lack of concentration, and premature aging.
- Addiction to substances: This is mainly connected with junk foods; our society has made nutrition to look easy, fast, and cheap. Prepackaged foods from supermarkets and fast food chains are everywhere and they contain tons of chemicals, salt and sugar. Most light products are also included in this list.These substances create an unnatural, strong taste that satisfies faster but not for longer and are very addictive.
- Bored, stressed, angered, depressed, tired: food cravings can easily be triggered by any of these emotions; it is exactly this need for comfort eating that triggers them. It can lead to eating disorders, weight gain and obesity.
- Not eating good enough: sometimes people skip meals for various reasons or no reason at all, especially the breakfast. The result is feeling hungry all day long and keep snacking whenever possible. And that is scientifically normal; when the body feels reduced and blood sugar is low, it is more than likely that you will submit to any temptations that come your way.
Seeing the reasons above its easy to understand that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for controlling food cravings.Here i give you some helpful ideas in what to do:
- Start your day well with a healthy breakfast (many fruits, nuts, oats, a yogurt or a glass of fat free milk) and never skip any of the rest important meals (lunch, dinner), or wait too long to eat.
- Drink water through the day up to 10 glasses.
- Sometimes food cravings last for only a few minutes so if you involve yourself with some sort of activity (not anywhere near the kitchen) it will easily expire.
- Empty your pantry or fridge of chocolates, cookies, chips and anything that can trigger you with food cravings.
- Eating organic based foods can help you to balance your cravings and become healthier. To finish lets not forget that we are not robots, so it is not a big deal if you give in once a week to a little treat, like this you will feel less restricted and more satisfied.
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