Food cravings are a dieters worst enemy. Cravings are often a lot harder to deal with than normal hunger, it’s more of a yearning feeling. I’m sure we’ve all dealt with cravings at some point. Heck, I get chocolate cravings ALL the time. So, this is a post containing 7 of my best practices to avoid cravings.
1. Drink More Water
Drinking more water doesn’t only suppress your appetite, but it has an amazing effect on your bodily processes – from better digestion to healthier hair. Try to drink between 2-3 litres of water every day to boost your fat loss.
2. Empty the Cupboards
You need to distance yourself from the things you crave the most. If you crave chocolate, sweets, biscuits or whatever, you need to either lock them away or remove them from your house. With that being said, you’ll probably stick to your diet longer if you allow yourself a treat every other day.
3. Plan Your Meals
Planning your meals is going to help you factor in those much-needed rewards and remove the temptation to randomly pig out on your comfort foods.
4. Combat Stress
When we get stressed it’s very easy to turn your back on your diet and reach for those comfort foods. Understandably, there are some moments in life which just knock us to the ground without notice, but there are ways you can help to relax. Maybe try some meditation or camomile tea?
5. Focus on Your Food
This might sound a little strange, but focusing on your food is going to make your brain aware that you are eating. Due to our busy lives, a lot of us eat food in front of the TV or whilst scrolling through Facebook, without the food touching the sides on the way down. Focus on your food so your brain truly remembers eating, it will help curb the cravings.
6. Eat More Protein
Protein is one of the macro nutrients that take a while to digest and help to keep you feeling fuller for longer. Besides, Protein is good for you, it helps you repair your muscles after your workout.
7. Sleep More
Sleeping more is actually proven to help with both weight loss, reducing cravings and it helps to combat stress too. Are you getting 8 hours of sleep every night?
I hope these little tips can help you make some progress with shifting that stubborn belly fat. If you’d like more guidance, please get in touch.