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A food craving is an intense desire to eat a specific food. We all experience food cravings from time to time, and some of us experience them more often and more intensely than others. Some people crave healthy foods (lucky them), however, a lot of us crave processed junk foods that are high in sugar or salt.
Here are five tips that can help you curb your junk food cravings.
- Drink More Water
Is water the cure for all? Well according to some studies, it really helps to stop those pesky cravings from taking over. A lot of the time when we are craving food, we’re actually dehydrated. Even being a little bit dehydrated can lead to fatigue, low blood pressure and decreased mental function. Instead of reaching for the biscuit tin, try reaching for the kitchen tap first.
- Eat More Protein
Put the chocolate down and pick up the jerky! You don’t have to a beast in the gym to only care about protein intake. Increasing the protein in your diet can reduce your cravings as your body will be satiated for longer. You don’t have to be downing protein supplements to do this – eating healthy proteins like meat, fish, nuts and legumes will do the trick.
- Keep Healthy Food Handy
If you don’t have junk food around, you can’t snack on it! Although you can’t avoid junk food all the time, if you keep healthy snacks in your own kitchen or at work, you’ll be more likely to reach for them instead.
- Know Which Foods Trigger Cravings
Have you got a sweet tooth or do you crave salty treats? Whatever your trigger foods are, try to avoid them as much as possible. If eating a bar of chocolate will set you off and cause you to spiral down the junk food abyss, give the bar of chocolate a miss.
- Mix Things Up
Variety is key when you want to stop food cravings. Avoiding junk food does not mean that you have to eat salad every day for the rest of your life! Getting a variety of different foods in your diet will stop you from getting bored and fed up.
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