It's easy to crave food especially when you're on a calorie-restrictive diet. It is hard to fight, especially when you've got a lot of weight to move because the finish line can seem so far away.
The good news for those of you that experience cravings is that your body can adapt to not crave poor-quality food. It will take a combination of willpower and eating a certain foods that have been shown to reduce cravings.
Eating clean is actually part of fighting cravings. If you stick to whole and natural foods and avoid sugar altogether, after a period of time your cravings will drop off in frequency and intensity. But, there's going to be a period of time where cravings are regular.
Why Do We Crave Poor-Quality Food?
In short, we crave these foods out of habit. Long-term consumption of poor-quality, processed foods means that our body grows to depend on them. When we remove the foods from our diet, that's when cravings start. Cravings are your body's way of shouting for the food it is used to being fed.
You do not need processed foods. They don't contain the micronutrients that your body is dependent on. And you know that some of the foods you snack on are probably detrimental to yoru health, which maybe explains why you're reading this article!
Would you like to stop cravings in their tracks?
Here are three nutritious foods that have been proven to help stop cravings and get you through to your next healthy meal:
To stop you from munching to your heart’s content, apple is one healthy solution. Apples taste great, they provide a nice mix of flavour and crunch. In addition, apples contain plenty of fiber aside from the juicy goodness in every bite. Fiber is good for your body because it decreases your appetite and stabilizes your blood sugar levels. Be sure to buy a bag of apples and keep one handy for snacks during the day!
Chocolate is not just for desserts. Dark chocolate gives you just the right chocolate hit as regular chocolate, but is full of antioxidants and eating it makes you feel good! The happy chemicals released in your body when you consume great-tasting food are known as endorphins and make you feel calm and happy. Ghrelin, an appetite hormone, is lowered by dark chocolate which means it crushes your diet cravings. So eat up (in moderation of course)!
Almonds are rich in magnesium, antioxidants and vitamin E which provide a feelign of fullness. Almonds are also a great food for fighting fat. They slow the sugar absorption to the blood and you will experience fewer insulin spikes, which will help you lose fat steadily.
Reach for these healthy and nutritious snacks every time you feel that you want to eat unhealthy foods. They will help keep your weight in check and reach your weight loss goals easier and faster.