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Ways to Suppress Cravings

Food cravings are a dieter’s worst nightmare. Nothing is more frustrating than when you’re trying to lose weight and craving cookies, chips, or chocolate. The worst part is that all those snacks will only make hunger worse. At the end of day, you’ll feel guilty, deprived, and unsatisfied.

If your sweet tooth is raging out of control, check out these healthy ways to suppress cravings :

  • Avoid your Triggers – Try to figure out why you’re craving sugar or salty snacks in the first place. Is it because you’re bored or stressed out? Or maybe you feel the need to eat while watching TV? Once you identify your triggers, avoid them at all costs. For instance, if you’re craving chocolate when you’re bored, call a friend or do a few push-ups.
  • Consider What Your Body Needs – Food cravings may indicate nutritional deficiencies. A strong taste for chocolate could be a sign that you need more magnesium in your diet. If you crave fried or fatty foods, get more calcium. Sugar cravings are associated with low levels of chromium, sulphur, or tryptophan.
  • Drink Water – Many people confuse hunger with thirst. When all you need is more water, your brain can trick you into thinking that you haven’t eaten enough. To prevent this problem, increase your fluid intake. Drink plenty of water and teas such as green tea, organic tea.
  • Get Rid of Stress – Research indicates that stress also affects food preferences, making you crave sugar and carbs. Pilates, yoga, deep breathing, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, and regular exercise will calm your mind and boost overall health.
  • Eat More Protein – Studies have found that a high protein intake helps reduce sugar cravings. Due to its appetite-suppressing effects, protein keeps you full and wards of hunger. Eventually, you can make snacks and desserts using protein powder. This way, you’ll slim down without having to give up dessert.

There are many other ways to fight cravings and shed stubborn fat. Simple lifestyle changes, such as getting more sleep and seeking healthier substitutes for your go-to snacks, can make it easier to stick to your diet.

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    • We all have that one moment. Sugar Craving Cause: You didn’t eat enough, or you ate the wrong things. When you don’t eat enough calories, your body starts looking for fuel fast as a way to catch up. So what do you do? Crave sugar ! It is also a sign of Magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is used in the regulation of glucose, insulin, and the neurotransmitter dopamine; a deficiency can manifest in the form of intense sugar cravings, especially for chocolate. Zinc is needed for proper insulin and glucose utilization; a deficiency can also lead to sugar cravings.

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    • Thank you Aditi, I am glad you liked the post. Hunger and craving manifest themselves in different ways. Hunger is our body’s natural reaction to needing nourishment. Onset of hunger can result in stomach rumbling, mild headache, or feelings of weakness. Hunger doesn’t go away with a passage of time. On the other hand, cravings can be triggered by outside influences, such as a tiff with your boss, relationship troubles, and even social gatherings.

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  1. I enjoyed the article, it flows nicely from one piece of information to another. You mentioned some nutritional facts I wasn’t previously aware of, thanks for that. I know you can’t mention every example of relaxation techniques but I think spending time in nature is a vitally important one.

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    • Yes walking is great. Helps in grounding of craving emotions. A craving can last for up to ten minutes. Why not try breathing through it? Studies show deep breathing exercises reduce “smoking withdrawal symptoms, including craving for cigarettes” and the related tension and irritability associated with it. Deep breathing also helps you feel more wide awake and able to concentrate. Transform your cravings into a peaceful, calming exercise with deep breathing techniques. So you’re prepared, learn and practice the techniques before a nicotine craving episode. There are many different exercises. Experiment!

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    • Ah yes Kritika. Many women experience intense food cravings in the week or two before their periods, a symptom of PMS (premenstrual syndrome). Hormone changes can cause a drop in blood sugar levels, which leads to sugar cravings. Serotonin levels the “feel good” chemical in your brain also tend to be lower during this time. For some women, this food is chocolate! Just like other PMS symptoms, such as cramping, bloating, and moodiness, cravings are likely caused by fluctuations in your hormones. Right before you start your period, the levels of the hormones estrogen, serotonin, and cortisol in your body will shift.

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