Have you ever been halfway through your workday when boom, you’re struck down by cravings, and it feels like every fiber of your body wants a tub of ice cream or a whole pack of cookies?
Why can’t we crave fruit or leafy vegetables that are good for us right?
You can either give in to the temptation or fight back against the cravings. Remember, you’re totally fine to have a treat now and then; it’s when cravings turn to binges that you’re in trouble because your weight loss goals have gone out the window.
Not sure how to beat your junk food cravings? Don’t worry, we’ve put together our top tips for beating your cravings!
Make sure you manage your trigger foods
If you fancy something sweet but don’t have any in easy reach, how likely are you to go out to the grocery store and get some? Having snacks and treats in reach makes you more likely to give in to your cravings, especially if you have trigger foods that you struggle just to have one of.
Don’t skip meals
When you’re full and satisfied, it’s much easier to ignore those junk food cravings. When your stomach is growling and begging for food, you’re more likely to give in.
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Start the day with a healthy breakfast and follow it up with a balanced and satisfying lunch and dinner. Plus, don’t forget, you’re allowed to snack, just include them within your daily calorie count.
Work out if you’re hungry or craving something
If you’re hungry and it’s not close to any meals, you should eat something to keep you going. But if you have that mental pang of craving something, you may need to arm yourself with some craving busting techniques.
Drink a tall glass of water
Whether you’re just distracting something or hoping that having something will satisfy your cravings, try a tall glass of water. If plain water isn’t hitting the spot, add a slice or two of lemon, lime, or cucumber to mix it up a bit.
Do some exercise
It’s probably the last thing you want to do when you’re craving something, but some physical exercise, especially if you’re outside in the fresh air, could serve as the perfect distraction, even if it’s just a walk around the block.
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Plus, exercise can reduce any stress that is driving your cravings.
Make sure you’re getting enough zzzs
Did you know that we should be aiming for at least seven hours of sleep a night? But according to the CDC, over a third of us aren’t getting enough of our beauty sleep. It’s much easier to fight your cravings when getting enough sleep.
Plus, when you’re not getting enough sleep, it can lead to intense cravings.
Manage your stress
Stress can cause so many issues, including cravings for junk foods. So, if you’re finding that stress is taking over your life and playing out in junk food cravings, then you need to find a way to manage your stress.
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If food is a form of stress release for you, consider seeing a dietician or nutritionist for some support.
Chew some gum or hard candy
A stick of gum or a piece of hard candy isn’t very high in calories, plus the little bit of flavor might be all you need to satisfy your sweet craving.
Lean on a friend for some accountability
If you’re really trying to distract yourself from junk food cravings, have you got a friend or family member that can hold you accountable and provide some support the next time you fancy junk food?
You can call or text them the next time you have a craving, and they can be there to support you. Plus, it’s always nice to have someone in your corner.
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We hope these tips to beat your junk food cravings have you feeling driven, excited, and motivated! As always, Zotrim is here to support your goals. You’ve got this!