Craving food, especially those high in sugar or processed foods, can be the undoing for anyone trying to achieve a weight loss goal. 

Cravings can be one of the biggest reasons people cant lose weight, or keep it off. 

Try these 5 tips to help keep the food cravings at bay:

1. Drink Water

    People often confuse thirst for hunger, which can be problematic especially when trying to lose weight because you can consume more calories than you actually need. If you have a sudden craving for food, drink a large glass of water, you may find that you were actually thirsty not hungry. Also drinking water before meals can help reduce appetite and help boost weight loss.

    2. Increase your protein and fat intake 

      Including more protein and healthy fats into your diet, has been shown to help reduce your appetite and decrease your cravings. A great way to do this, is to change your daily snacks for protein-rich ones like nuts instead of chips or popcorn. 

      3. Remove all temptations 

        People often have their cupboards and fridges stocked full of unhealthy foods. This will decrease your chances of achieving your weight loss goal. Next time you are out doing your weekly shop, avoid all the foods that you know will cause those problem cravings.
        Pro tip: never shop when hungry. 

        4. Plan your diet each week 

          If you have a plan in place for what you are going to eat, you eliminate the factor of uncertainty and lessen the chance you’re going to give into those unwanted cravings. This is due to the fact that you are not thinking about what you’re eating, you’re just following a plan. 

          5. Get more sleep 

            Not having enough sleep or having an irregular sleep schedule, can wreak havoc on your two hunger hormones ghrelin and leptin. This is because it increases ghrelin and decreases leptin leaving you hungry and increasing your appetite. Always try and get 7 hours of sleep every night, and adopt a consistent sleep pattern. 

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            March 11, 2021 — Dr. Jason Olafsson