Thursday, December 13, 2012

Weight Loss Step 5 - Curb Those Cravings

So, today I wanted to present to you, the reader step 5 of our weight loss program.
I have been a little under the weather and have been slacking a bit on the diet. (Guilty)
We are going to be talking about cravings and how you can put those cravings aside to help your body lose even more weight than you thought you could!
Let's begin!

Come on, you have had those cravings, the ones that have you up at night worried about what to eat next, right?

What causes a craving anyway?
There are a lot of causes for cravings. Your cause could be different than mine, but let's look at a few of them and then we will give you some coping tactics!

1. Lack of Nutrients
Your body could be craving something because you are lacking in nutrients.
Eating fruits and vegetables can be sufficient enough for you to curb this cause of cravings.
2. Low Energy
Having low energy can cause your body to want to crave carbohydrates in the form of junk food.
Getting enough sleep will fix that problem.
3. Your Body is Your Craving Trigger
What I mean by saying that is the fact that when you walk past a carnival that may be happening and you smell the carnival food, your body immediately craves something juicy and greasy.
Avoid shops, fairs, carnivals, and such places and you can avoid this cause of cravings.
4. Stress and Tension
Thousands and hundreds of thousands of people crave food because of stress.
They crave to eat something that will take their mind off of their problem.
Try to find a way to relax.
5. Depression or Feeling Down
Some of us crave food to drown our sorrows.
Eating our cravings can be a way of escaping our problems.
Talk to your doctor about a therapist.

Ways to Cope: 
1. Drink a 10 oz. glass of water and wait 10 minutes before splurging. 
Sometimes your body just craves water and your body says something else.
2. Cut Back on the processed foods.
Cutting back on the processed foods will train your body to not depend on them (sugar, salt, and fat) for your satisfaction. 
3. Exercise for 30-60 minutes a day.
Exercising releases a hormone called endorphins that increase blood flow and have a positive effect on your mood. Exercising is a workout suppressant as well.
4. Eat smaller meals in a day.
Eating smaller meals will allow your body's sugar table to be steady so that it will not crave something of the sugary nature.
5. Savor a favorite food!
Savoring one of your favorite foods once a week or every other week will allow your body to enjoy something it does like and will be good for moving forward in the weight loss program.
Don't get carried away and splurge!

I hope that all of you are losing weight and keeping it off as the holidays draw near.
Share these ideas and ways to cope with your friends.
Take care fellow weight loss friends!
~Obesity Overload 

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