7 Easy Ways To Curb Your Food Cravings For Good

WEIGHT LOSS  |  August 22, 2016
  • 1. Never go hungry
    1 / 7 1. Never go hungry

    Skipping meals will only make you eat even more over the rest of the day. Your low blood sugar levels will fire up your sugar cravings, making you reach for the chocolates in the office pantry. So always start the day with breakfast. And don’t be afraid to eat when you feel hungry. Just do so mindfully and in moderation.

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  • 2. Serve out your portions
    2 / 7 2. Serve out your portions

    Even if it’s a convenient option – say a bag of chips – resist eating straight out of the bag or box. It’s not only harder to portion how much you’re eating if your food is hidden from view, it’s also harder to fully appreciate it.

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  • 3. Turn off the TV
    3 / 7 3. Turn off the TV

    And your phone, and all other devices with a screen. Distractions like these shift us into autopilot eating, making us less aware, and hence less appreciative of what we’re eating. Before you know it, you might have eaten way more than you should have too. (Also Read: Are You An Emotional Eater?)

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  • 4. Put down your utensils
    4 / 7 4. Put down your utensils

    We’re often already preparing our next mouthful of food with our utensils whilst still chewing on our previous bite. Try putting down your utensils after each bite, and only pick them up after you’ve swallowed and enjoyed your previous mouthful.

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  • 5. Pretend you’re a food critic
    5 / 7 5. Pretend you’re a food critic

    Bring all your senses to the dinner table. Observe the sensation and taste of your food in your mouth carefully – the burst of juiciness as you bite into your meat, the cold sensation of yogurt hitting your tongue.

    Take a moment before you swallow and do so consciously. Notice the sensation of food travelling down your gullet to your stomach. Melodramatic? We think not – good food is meant to be savoured.

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  • 6. Know where the secret sugars lurk
    6 / 7 6. Know where the secret sugars lurk

    There’s lots of sugar in food we don’t even think of as sweet, from pasta sauce to crisps to ketchup. There secret sugars add up to a sugar overload, which stokes your appetite and fuels your cravings even more. Know your food and the sugars in your food, and try to cute down by seeking out lower-sugar alternatives. (Also Read: Just how much sugar is too much?)

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  • 7. Avoid eating on the go
    7 / 7 7. Avoid eating on the go

    You’re probably multi-tasking on the go – having to keep track of which station you have to alight at, trying not to drop the shopping bags in your hands, texting your husband to say you’ll be home in 20 minutes, and trying to gobble down your sandwich without staining your clothes.

    This will only make you less able to appreciate your food, and you’ll still feel unsatisfied by the time you’re done with your meal. (Also Read: 8 Reasons Why Weight Loss is So Hard)

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    A version of this story first appeared on The Finder website.

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