Food cravings get the best of most of us. If you have been on a diet before, you know how it does not feel too difficult until “food cravings” strike. When they do, it may seem next to impossible to maintain the course of your weight loss plan.
This said, there are steps you can take to help you keep your cravings under control. Let us take a look at five strategies you should consider putting to good use…
1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate. Hydration is a must when on a fat loss plan, not only to help keep your metabolic rate in good working order but also to help ensure optimal energy levels.
On top of that, it is also going to help keep cravings at bay. Next time you have a food craving, try drinking a tall glass of water. Wait ten minutes and see if the craving doesn’t just pass.
2. Combine Macros Wisely. Know how to mix your macros carefully. If you eat a carb-heavy meal, you are going to be craving more carbs shortly after. Instead, focus on eating protein with your carbs, possibly with some fat added.
This is what will help keep your blood sugar levels stable, which in turn keeps cravings at bay. While you do not have to avoid carbs entirely, they should be paired with some other macro.
3. Try New Foods. Don’t let yourself get stuck in a dietary rut: this happens time and time again to so many people. They end up eating the same foods over and over. Before they know it, they are off their diet and cheating.
Make it a point to bring one new food into your diet plan each week. Whether this is a new protein source, a new vegetable, a new fruit, or even a different spice or condiment: just try something new to help keep your taste buds interested in eating healthily.
4. Eat Regularly. If you are letting yourself go for hours between meals, this is only going to invite cravings. Eat every two to three hours during the day. This will also give you better control over how much food you are eating, making it easier to sustain your target calorie intake.
Let yourself get too ravenous, and you may find you are bingeing on everything in sight.
5. Don’t Go To Calorie Extremes. While it is good to create a decent calorie deficit to prompt weight loss results, avoid going too low, or you are setting yourself up for failure.
Starvation diets do not work. Not only will they slow your metabolism but they will also cause hunger so you crave everything under the sun. Any food will sound good as you are so depleted of nutrition.
Try the above tips as you move through your weight loss diet and see if you cannot banish your cravings for good.