Everyone craves something or the other every once in a while. At times, cravings can be beaten. And at times, cravings are fulfilled. Cravings are intense, often uncontrollable, and much stronger than usual hunger.
But what happens where cravings are not fulfilled neither are they beaten! This worst-case scenario involves craving while you are on diet! Cravings are your worst enemy when you are dieting.
What’s even worse? The magnitude of craving multiplies several times while you are on a diet and trying to be healthy!
One of the biggest reasons why people are unable to lose weight even after following a strict diet is due to their cravings. Naturally, most people give into their incorrigible cravings and disrupt their diets.
The kind of food people crave is pretty variable. But mostly, especially while on a diet, people crave for junk and fast food.
If you are battling between losing weight and fighting cravings, you have landed on the right blog! We have enlisted some of the simplest ways to beat cravings during dieting.
Check them out here.
- Water is the answer to everything
They have said it rightly – got any problem in life? Water is the solution! Want a glowing skin? Drink some water! Want to lose weight? Drink some water! Want to beat craving? Water again!
So every time you have crazy cravings, water is the answer. Want to eat that delicious, chocolate-dipper donut? Drink a whole glass of water and wait for a few minutes. You will see it for yourself how your craving just disappears! This is because at times, your body really isn’t hungry. It is just thirsty. And gulping a full glass of water helps a lot.
Not to forget the unlimited benefits of drinking water. From healthy skin, to healthy kidneys, sleep and whatnot, water is the answer to everything.
- Munch on some protein
Many researches claim that adequate amount of protein in the body cannot only reduce your appetite but will also help fight cravings. Consuming sufficient protein while dieting or not, can keep you full for a longer period of time.
Did you know, increasing your regular protein intake can reduce your cravings by a whopping 60%. It also cut midnight munching by about 50%.
- Hide items that spark craving
When you are craving, try to distance yourself from it. For instance, if you have developed sudden cravings, you can take a brisk walk, listen to some soothing music, or just step out for a stroll.
A lot of studies state how chewing gum can help beat those uncontrollable cravings.
- Plan out your meals really well
If you are dieting, you certainly must be following a meal plan. So if you already have a plan in place, you can use this plan to beat your unwanted hunger cravings.
The logic behind implementing this plan is – if you know what you are going to eat in your upcoming meal, you eliminate the factor of uncertainty in your mind. Likewise, if you don’t know what your next meal comprises of, your mind will continue wondering about all the dishes that you like. That ultimately shoots up your chances of craving food and destroying your diet.
You can either choose to plan your meal for the day or for an entire week to maintain your diet and beat those cravings.
See now? Beating cravings is not such a terrible task. And if your cravings really surpass your limit, you can simply schedule a small cheat meal once every two weeks. This way you will balance your diet and fulfil your cravings as well.
I have been working closely with Dr. Bharat Sangani for quite some time. I have been mostly managing the Health wing of Dr. Sangani’s Health, Wealth, and Wisdom University. As a team, I am enthusiastic to dissipate the importance of a healthy life to all the individuals who wish to be part of Dr. Sangani’s university.