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Taming food cravings
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Some people crave salty foods, others hunger for fat and creamy stuff. Men tend to prefer protein while some women would die for chocolate. Most of us have strong desires for certain foods. And they can lead to fattening behavior.

There's been a lot of speculation recently about what triggers our food cravings...Is it related to hormones or blood-sugar levels? Do we crave certain foods when we're emotional or simply for the pleasure of eating them? The answers aren't clear, partly because we all have somewhat different responses to food. Giving in to your cravings isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's only a problem if you regularly overeat and upset the nutritional balance you're seeking for good health and weight control.

If you're continually fighting food cravings to avoid weight gain, try these strategies.

  • Identify your trigger food --- those that create a desire in you for more, such as pizza, potato chips, ice cream or sweets.
  • Cut back on your trigger food gradually. Some people are successful at phasing out salty, sweet or high-fat foods by allowing time for their tastes to adapt.
  • Eat less of your trigger foods. Once you have your overeating under control, treat yourself now and then to a small amount of your desired food it could help you avoid bingeing on it later.
  • Avoid your trigger foods. The cold-turkey method works for a few. If you can't control your intake of something, don't buy it, stock it or look at it. Find healthier alternatives.
  • Eat three balanced meals a day. Include a combination of high-protein, complex starches and vegetables. This is especially helpful in reducing cravings for sweets and starches late in the day.
  • Create a diversion. If you can wait out your craving for five to 15 minutes (take a walk, make a phone call, drink some water), it should pass.

 

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