What you should do when you can’t stop thinking of junk food.
The harder you try to block out your chips craving, the worse it gets. (Photo: avantrend / www.pixabay.com)
Ghrelin, the hormone that controls hunger, can trigger cravings by activating the reward centre of the brain, say researchers at Yale School of Medicine. Unfortunately, the harder you try not to think about your favourite (insert: chocolate/ice cream/chips), the more you’ll end up obsessing about it. Here are three ways to stop those cravings.
1. How to stop food cravings: Think about it
Stash treats away and imagine the aftermath of giving in. Picture yourself feeling upset, weak and out of control if you were to cave in. Then, write down the benefits of dropping those kilos. Reviewing your list will help you better withstand cravings.
And when the urge to stuff your face creeps up on you, don’t focus on suppressing the thought. Instead, accept the discomfort – and move on. When you find it hard to resist temptation, brush it off by saying: ‘Oh well’. These words remind you that you’ve made a personal goal to lose weight, so even if you don’t like it, you resolve to follow through with your plans.
2. How to stop food cravings: Play tetris
New research from Australia, published in international journal Addictive Behaviors, shows that playing tetris for just three minutes can reduce cravings for food, as well as drugs (like cigarettes, alcohol and coffee) and activities (like sleeping, socialising and sex). Overall, cravings were reduced from 70 per cent to 56 per cent. Researchers think that playing a visually-interesting game like Tetris makes it difficult to imagine cravings as vividly.
A recent study has shown playing tetris can help to curb cravings. (Photo: ClkerFreeVectorImages / www.pixabay.com)
3. How to stop food cravings: Work it off
Hit the pavement for at least 10 minutes. Not only do moderate to intense aerobic exercises torch calories, they also curb appetite for at least an hour after the session, says Dr Ivy Lim, registrar at Changi Sports Medicine Centre.