You have just begun your weight loss journey and everything is going good for the first few hours. You completed your workout, did not indulge in any kind of sugary food or drink and is feeling quite satisfied with your commitment level.
Suddenly you get this strong and weird feeling in your mind to binge on something sweet or spicy just to curb that hunger pang. Some of the pictures that clearly appear in your mind are of the creamy pastries, pizzas, fried chicken, carbonated beverage, burgers etc.
It is normal to have food cravings or hunger pangs, however when this happens on a continuous basis, that is a definite block in your weight loss journey.
This article will give you 5 easy ways to curb these dangerous food cravings and also one simple trick to stop your hunger pang or food craving within 30 seconds.
So let’s start…
1. Hydrate yourself
Whenever you develop a sudden craving for food or a hunger pang, do not start attacking your fridge to curb it, instead wait for a second. Decide if it is actual hunger or if you are just feeling dehydrated. Instead of binging on some junk food, first
- Have a glass of water
After the first sip of water, your hunger will start reducing slightly. Finish the entire glass of water and wait for a minute. Judge for yourself if the craving still exists and if you are still feeling to binge on pizzas, burgers or pastries. Usually 9 out of 10 times, the cravings would have simply vanished and you will also feel synergized and refreshed.
2. More Proteins
Include more proteins in your diet as proteins are a form of macro nutrients that are difficult to break. You must have noticed that if you have had some kind of a protein rich breakfast, you would not feel hungry till lunch time. This is because the proteins within the food keeps your body up and running and keeps you energized for a longer time. Try to include more proteins like egg, tofu, lentils, black peas, chicken breast, fish etc, so that you do not crave for food often.
3. Do not starve yourself
The moment you feel very hungry, you immediately plan to indulge in some kind of junk food such as pizzas, street food or pastries. And this ruins your weight loss goals completely. So do not let your body go into a starvation mode. And how do you avoid this?
You can avoid your body from getting into the starvation mode by adding a lot of fiber in your diet. Fibrous foods such as wheat, sweet potato, yams, hummus etc are perfect choices. Also ensure to eat fruits between your meals as a part of the fiber content in your diet. This will keep you satiated for a longer period of time and your body will not go into the starvation mode.
4. Sleep Well
According to a study, if your sleep pattern is not well defined, you tend to have sugar cravings. That is because when you are devoid of proper sleep, your body feels weak and tired and as a result you show the tendency to binge on something to get rid of the fatigue and weakness. Hence ensure to sleep atleast 7 to 8 hours and this will reduce your food cravings by 50%. The best sleeping time is between 10 PM to 5 AM.
5. Reduce Your Stress Levels
Stress eating has become a norm these days which leads to the obvious problem of obesity and weight gain. When you are tensed or stressed, you show an inclination to binge eat so that you feel relaxed after that. But little do you realize that this habit can prove to be fatal in the long run when it comes to your health.
There are other ways to beat stress instead of binge eating. You could:
- Go for a walk
- Do some jogging
- Talk to your friend
- Spent time with yourself by reading a book, watching tv or listening to your favorite music
- Spent time with nature by taking a walk in the park, or by playing with the kids in the park.
These techniques will not only relax and divert your mind; instead it is also a healthier option.
Though these solutions to beat your food cravings and hunger pangs may sound difficult to follow in the beginning, it is still not an impossible task. You just have to strengthen your commitment level by staying mentally strong and determined and you are good to go.
Whenever you have a craving for food, just think and visualize an overweight version of yourself. Logically explain to yourself the negative consequences of binge eating and you will fall into the right track of your weight loss journey.