What’s your secret craving? It’s okay to admit that you have one – most people do. But if you are trying to lose weight, cut back or simply adopt better eating habits, that craving can feel like a monster stalking you.
Here are some tips to help you chase it back under the bed:
1. Indulge now and then. That’s right. Go ahead and have a square of chocolate. Treating yourself can actually help. Just make sure that you do so in moderation. Planning ahead for a special treat can make it even more fun.
2. Get distracted. Take your thoughts off that candy bar by engaging your mind in something else. Call a friend, go for a walk, read a good book. By moving on to an activity that requires your mind to engage, you can distract yourself from the craving.
3. Take stock of the situation. Are you really hungry? If you are, then you might need to go ahead and have something to eat. Leptin is an appetite-reducing hormone, and if you’ve been on a strict diet, your body may not be able to produce enough. But keep in mind that you might be stressed, bored or even sleepy rather than hungry.
Everyone has food cravings. While people think of them in relation to dieting, they can be connected to any number of things (nostalgia for home and Mom’s chocolate fried pies or thoughts of the delectable foods available at fair). The important point is that you can control those cravings – and enjoy the foods you love.