Sometimes a true craving can be an underlying emotion or a nutrient deficiency. The best way to fight a craving is to understand it.
What is your biggest craving? A well-rounded diet can help keep avoid nutrient deficiencies, keeping your cravings to a minimum! Don't let your cravings (real or mental) get in the way of your health!
"I'm dying for some ice cream."
"Chocolate cravings keep me from sticking to my diet."
Cravings are the worst nemesis of a weight loss goal. The first question I jump to when clients tell me they're experiencing one is:
"Is it a mental craving or a real hunger?"
Eating well is a mental game. Especially for the first few weeks into a change, big mental cravings pop up all over the place. Sugar is the big one; that it's an addictive substance is no joke!
How do you tell the difference between a craving that's in your head or true hunger?
Drink some water. It's easy to confuse hunger with thirst, so be sure to stay hydrated!
Find another activity to keep you occupied for ten minutes. Forgot about the craving? It's not a real one!
Substitute your cravings with veggies, a little protein, some healthy fats, or other wholesome snack. Did you realize that you didn't really want something to eat? Guess what! It was a mental craving!
Now, just because you know it's a craving, doesn't make life any easier! So, how do you deal with it?