It’s quite easy for us to get addicted to different kinds of tasty foods. You have just finished lunch an hour ago and not even very hungry. But all of the sudden, you feel that you really need to have a specific kind of food, whether it’s fries, burger or chocolate cookies with hot milk. Making or obtaining them is very easy, so it can be a real struggle for you. If you want to lose weight, it’s important that you are able to control your cravings. If you are longing for a specific food for too long, you will pile on excess calories. Instead of losing weight, you will gain weight instead. If you are able to curb your cravings for good, it should be much easier for you to lose weight and it’s among the most difficult obstacle. It is important that you are aware of your own food craving problem before it gets really bad. Craving for food is originally a defence mechanism to help us avoid starvation and motivate us to look for food, before our body is significantly affected by the lack of food.
However, things can go wrong that we continue to crave for food, even if there’s an abundance of it and we are not really hungry. Our mind is tricking us that we need to eat more and more. The first thing to do is to make sure that your daily diet is based on whole plant foods. Not only vegetables are nutrient powerhouse, they are also packed with dietary fiber that makes you feel full much longer. Nuts are known to be calorie-dense, so you should eat them more regularly as well. The next thing to do is to never overdo your dieting plan. You shouldn’t allow yourself to get hungry. You should eat when you are about to get moderately hungry and you eat only to eliminate your hunger. If you get too hungry, your appetite will get out of control and it’s easy to overeat. Because you delay eating, your body thinks that food is scarce and it will try to accumulate as much energy as possible whenever there’s a chance. So, when you do eat, you will eat a lot, because your body wants it. The feeling of satisfaction will be delayed and you eat more than usual.
When it’s still not time to eat and you are already hungry, we may still eat whole food snacks at moderate amount. The most important thing is that you shouldn’t be in a situation where intense hunger has started to affect you. In fact, it is a good idea to ease your mind by having occasional treats of junk food. Some sandwiches and pizzas can be loaded with colourful vegetables, which are healthy. If possible, choose fast food that contains lean meat, such as fish or chicken breast, that’s not deep fried. You need to be able to tell the difference of whether you are really hungry or your mind is playing trick on you.