Optimal Health: How to conquer carb cravings
Even though research shows that carbs display some addictive properties, there are many techniques you can use to overcome cravings for carbs and other junk foods.
One of the most powerful steps you can take to stop carb cravings is simply to plan for them ahead of time.
Having an action plan in mind for those moments when cravings hit may help you feel prepared and empowered to pass up carb-laden junk foods and make a healthier choice instead.
As far as what your action plan should entail, keep in mind that there is no right or wrong answer. Different techniques may work better or worse for different people.
Here are a few ideas you can try:
Fill up on protein first. Both animal and vegetable sources of protein, including meat, eggs, tofu, and beans, are renowned for helping you stay fuller for longer.
Eat a piece of fiber-rich fruit. Not only does the fiber in fruit fill you up, but its natural sugars may also help satisfy cravings for something sweet.
Stay hydrated. Some research suggests that dehydration may trigger cravings for salt. Since many salty foods are also high in carbs, drinking water throughout the day may ward off cravings for both types of foods.
Get moving. Boosting your activity levels with steps, strength training, or any other exercise of your choice triggers the release of feel-good endorphins from your brain that might interrupt your carb cravings.
Get familiar with your triggers. Pay close attention to which foods are hardest for you to avoid and prepare yourself to be around those trigger foods ahead of time.
Take it easy on yourself.
Nobody is perfect. If you give in to a carb craving, simply consider what you can do differently next time. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Just like anything else, learning to navigate carb cravings takes practice.
Various techniques may help fight off carbs cravings. These include physical activity, staying hydrated, familiarizing yourself with trigger foods, and filling up on healthy fruits, vegetables, and proteins.