Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Weight Loss Ideas and Food Cravings

Have you ever thought to yourself, OK!!!! i need to loose weight, i think i have added so much weight in the past few weeks or months?

Have you noticed what happens to you when you make such resolutions? Wow its unimaginable i tell you, It happens every time you start a diet to lose weight — you start craving foods like chocolate, cookies, or other high-calorie, high-fat foods

hmmmmmm......When you're trying to lose weight so desperately, these cravings have a way of just always calling your name

. “Food cravings can be both physiological and psychological,” says Roberta Anding, MS, RD, sports dietitian at Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine Institute in Houston .

But you can beat both kinds. Here are 10 simple ways to fend off food cravings. Lets go through it together....

1.       Watch the Clock

Watch the Clock

A physiological reason, such as hunger , can have you craving food. “If you go longer than five hours without food, your blood sugar will drop and your cravings will begin,
 You can help avoid food cravings caused by hunger by not going more than five hours without eating something. If it’s time for an allowed snack, choose food low in calories and fat. Options under 50 calories 

2.        Eat Protein

Eat Protein

To help fend off food cravings, every meal should include some source of lean protein , such as skinless chicken or turkey, fish, eggs, or low-fat cheese.

 “Protein helps to control blood sugar patterns and can help prevent food cravings,
Foods containing protein also help you feel fuller by stimulating production of cholecystokinin (CKK), a naturally occurring appetite suppressant. And by choosing lean sources, you put a cap on calories.

3.       Wash Away Food Cravings

Wash Away Food Cravings
Dehydration can cause some people to crave salty foods. The solution is simple: Drink more water. An 8-ounce glass of refreshing water  can also help you feel full and get your mind off your food cravings of the moment. In fact, what you think are food cravings may actually be thirst. Quench your thirst, and the food cravings will go away, too. Keep a water bottle handy throughout the day to make it easy to satisfy your fluid needs.
4.      Find a Distraction
  Find a Distraction
 The way to combat   food cravings  caused by boredom, anxiety, or other emotions is by finding an activity that will take your mind off your craving without adding calories. Call a friend. Go window shopping at the mall or make a virtual visit to your favorite stores online Tune into a ballgame, or favorite TV Channel, Listen to music. Read a mystery. Watch a movie. Just do something Occuping.
5.      Chew on It
Chew on It
Yes, chewing gum can help you lose weight. “Some recent studies suggest that chewing gum may reduce one’s cravings for sweets and for snacks

If you reach for a stick of gum, be sure it’s sugarless, with zero or only a few calories. For variety, have an assortment of flavors you like available. A bit of caution is needed, 

 The sugar alcohols in sugarless gum can cause gastric distress in some people, especially if you chew an excessive amount.

6.      Pick Your Pleasure

Pick Your Pleasure

Another way to beat food cravings when they are psychological is to replace eating with an activity you find pleasurable and emotionally satisfying,

 Do something you really enjoy that doesn’t involve an intake of calories: Take a bubble bath, read a fun magazine, do your nails. Or look for options that actually burn Calories, like taking a long walk with a special someone. It’s a way of being kind to yourself without sabotaging your weight-loss efforts.

7.        Brush Up

Brush Up

 You can literally wash that taste right out of your mouth. Get up, go to the bathroom, and brush your teeth with minty toothpaste. Swish with a little minty mouthwash. Floss your teeth 

As a final touch, apply some peppermint lip balm. Once your mouth is feeling clean and fresh, you won’t want to spoil it with salty chips or sugary candy. I do this sometimes and it works for me, because i rather have my mouth and breath smelling fresh and good, that spoil it with a bag of chips or chocolate.

8.       Spring Into Action

Spring Into Action

Feel like you could down that carton of ice cream in one fell swoop? Instead of heading for the freezer, head for the front door and go for a jog around the block. The fresh air and exercise will calm you down, clear your head, and help quench any desire for overindulgence. 

If unpleasant weather is keeping you home bound, bound up and down the stairs for five minutes until the food craving passes. Rather than piling on the calories, you’ll be burning them.

9.       'Refine' Your Palate

'Refine' Your Palate

Research suggests that some people can become addicted to refined foods, such as white bread, white pasta, and white sugar. The more you eat, the more you want. Break the cycle. Eliminate refined foods from your diet and you could curb your food cravings. 

Go the extra step and refine your diet by replacing the refined foods with whole grains and fiber — eat more nuts, beans, legumes, fruits, vegetables, and whole-wheat foods. Remember that fiber makes you fuller and is great for your digestion.

Culled from Everyday Health

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