An overwhelming desire for chocolate or pastries — cravings can pop up out of nowhere and be detrimental to losing weight. However, there are both physiological and psychological reasons behind them. The good news is that there are ways to manage cravings throughout the day.
Stay on track to reach your fat loss goals with these tips for minimizing cravings.
1. Follow a meal plan
Well-balanced meals high in fiber, high-quality lean protein and healthy fats are more likely to keep you satisfied, meaning you’ll be less likely to reach for an unhealthy snack. That’s why planning your meals can be a great tool. Knowing what you’re going to eat ahead of time can also reduce stress or overwhelm, which is an important factor in weight loss.
2. Increase protein and good fats
Protein requires more energy for the body to digest, leaving you feeling full longer. Also, as protein and fats slow the absorption of sugar during a meal, eating foods rich in both macronutrients can stabilize both blood sugar and ease cravings. Try to incorporate more fats and proteins like salmon, tuna, eggs, avocado and chicken breast into your diet.
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3. Increase Your Fiber Intake
Foods high in fiber slows the rate at which food enters your bloodstream and increase the speed at which food exits your body. This process keeps your blood sugar levels in check and reduces your appetite and creates a sense of fullness for a longer period of time.
Fiber is high in most plant-based raw ingredient foods such as whole grains, lentils, beans, fruit and vegetables. Here are a few ways you can increase fiber consumption:
- Try increasing vegetable intake (especially ones high in juice)
- Add a tablespoon or two of flax seeds or others to meals or snacks
- Opt for high-in-fiber fruit like melon, pears, berries and apples daily.
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