Food Cravings & Keeping Your
Managing cravings for
that special food, be it sweets like chocolate or ice cream, or potato chips or
or some other totally yummy food only gets worse when dieting. Most
craving foods are sweet, crunchy, salty or sometimes greasy, which is why
potato chips, ice cream and chocolate are common foods that people crave. Most diets are
those of deprivation, and living on carrot sticks, celery and water only magnify
the urge for our favorite food; and in a battle of wills, between celery
and chocolate cake... well its only a matter of time before the food cravings
To make it worse, food cravings can be especially difficult to manage during the holidays. Fudge,
pies and cakes, oh my! A plate of Christmas cookies can be especially
appealing, not to mention Thanksgiving stuffing, potatoes and gravy! If
you are trying to implement a post-holiday diet (and who isn't), there are a
number of things that you can do to help manage food cravings while trying to
maintain a health diet.
Keep the "bad" foods
out of house. Make it difficult to give into you food cravings.
Stock up on things
that you can substitute for your food craving. You can't replace
chocolate ice cream with soda crackers, but you can substitute fresh fruit,
yogurt, or even diet sherbet.
Exercise. It will not
only burn calories, but reduce cravings. Want a candy bar? Go
for a walk, but not to the corner store.
Eat well, but in
moderation. Don't try to live on celery, lettuce and water. A
good, well balanced meal of moderate portion will help you lose weight and
manage those cravings for bad foods. In moderation. you can even slice a snickers bar up into six
pieces and have 1 for desert (just make sure to count the calories and fat).
Understand why you've
failed before and how to keep your diet commitment.
The "trick" to a
successful healthy diet is portion control. You can eat just about anything you
want as long as the total calories and/or fat that you eat is low enough to
cause weight loss. Many diet companies are making millions off of
consumers just by packaging portion controled meals. Cruise the frozen food
isle in your grocery store and you will see a multitude of
frozen diet meal offerings.
Most, if not all, of these frozen diet meal offerings have two things in common:
They never taste as
good as the package would lead you to believe, and
They are expensive,
considering how little food is really in the package.
If you are looking
for a frugal and effective way to diet, consider creating your own frozen diet
meals. To learn how easy and cost effective it can be, we recommend the
Easy-Does-It Diet Plan
and Cookbook. You can create meals of the foods you
love, in combinations and portions that are good for you.
While dieting, you will
want to manage the cravings for sugars and fats that have ruined your diet
before. To do that, you need to understand how you
caving in to the cravings, so you can start eating the way you know you
should. On the web site howtothinkthin.com you will hear the author's story about overcoming food
cravings and can purchase her book,
Weight Loss: How to Keep Your Commitment.
Best wishes for your diet and managing your food