How to Get Rid of Food Cravings
1. Take Notes
The first but most crucial step involves identifying the situations that trigger food cravings in you. Make it a habit to write down these situations such that it can later help you to directly address them and prevent food cravings from happening. There are several factors that can trigger food cravings in you such as the smell or sight of the food, time of the day, emotional status, location, stress or lack of sleep.
2. Mind Planning
After identifying the situations that trigger food cravings in you, think likely of these situations just like an athlete prior to a competition. For example: tell yourself, “If on my way to work I come across sweet smell of muffins, I will keep walking”. This practice will condition the mind to help the body react in favorable manner before you go into a deep inner monologue. The cravings procedure functions in a linear, step-by-step manner with (a) a signal, (b) activation, (c) stimulation, & (d) release. Rehearsing prevents the food cravings at the “signal step” before going any deeper into the procedure.
3. Picture it
Try to associate unhealthy foods & the foods you desire with unappetizing images. This is an exact opposite of what ad agencies do. For example: if you crave for coke, imagine a large bag of sugar and scooping around 10 teaspoons of sugar in your mouth. This is exactly the amount of sugar that a can of coke contains. One teaspoon means four grams of sugar, and there’s around 39 grams of sugar in a can of coke.
4. Chomp Some Gum
Cravings are most likely to occur in situations such as lack of sleep or stress. In such situations, just take a piece of gum and chew until you don’t feel like having your favorite chocolate or pastries anymore. The idea of taking out the gum, have a snack and then putting it back again in mouth is totally gross for most people.
5. Clear/Clean Water
Water is known to be very helpful in reducing fat and improving overall health. But it can also prove to be very beneficial in preventing food cravings. Sometimes our bodies can find it difficult to differentiate between hunger and dehydration. Our body can trick us into thinking of feeling hungry, when actually it is a glass of water that you need. Therefore whenever you feel a craving for food, make it a practice to drink a glass of water and then wait for few minutes for the cravings to drop.
6. Tighten Your Belt a Notch
This method will help you to remember the lower belly flab that you want to lose and will act as a motivation to prevent all sorts of unhealthy food. It is nothing but a simple psychological tactic that helps in building a physical association with the negative impact of giving up to your food cravings.
7. Purge Your Pantry
Although, this tip is listed at No. 7, but it could either be listed at No. 1 or No. 2 on the list. Remove all the unhealthy foods that you have in your home or your desk at work. Foods that are unhealthy deserve to be in the garbage, not in your belly! We cannot underestimate the effectiveness of this expression “out of sight, out of mind”, because if there are no cues, there won’t be any savory images of food in your mind.