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Understanding Your Cravings

by Alesha Wilson
(Wilmington, NC)

As many dieters know, cravings are extremely difficult to curb. A person may we write this off as having a weak will or being unable to stick to a diet plan. But most of us have cravings, even those that are able to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Most of us crave sugar and fat, which are bad for us. Even if we know this, the cravings for these sweets or fatty foods still take over.

The first thing you need to know about cravings is that they are symptoms of a physiological need. Cravings are simply indicators of a nutrient being absent consistently from your diet. Those on low-carb and low-fat diet plans are likely to overdo dieting by avoiding carbohydrate-rich foods and fatty foods altogether. While these foods in excess can harm you, having them absent in your body can also become a problem. The body compensates by creating cravings for foods with a lot of these nutrients.

If it’s not carbohydrates or fats, it may be another nutrient that you are lacking. Your body only knows something is missing, and it would take some figuring out which nutrient it is. Consulting a nutritionist can help you a lot, but for most of us, planning our meals well can help alleviate the problem.

Cravings may also be symptoms of dehydration. Another aspect of human physiology is it could mistake thirst for hunger, and vice versa. Sometimes, eating a lot or splurging on food wouldn’t satiate you. The cravings are still there and you feel compelled to eat more because of this. The next time you feel like eating a lot, try drinking a glass or two of water. Rest for a few minutes and figure out if you’re still hungry after this.

Planning a diet rich with all the nutrients your body needs is one good way to deal with cravings. This will keep away the physiological cravings, and all you need to deal with are your emotional triggers.

Some fatty and sweet foods may be too difficult to ignore when you’re upset or stressed, and so it takes willpower to avoid them. Also identify which aspects of your lifestyle are strong psychological triggers to your cravings. Avoid things that put you in a bad mood so that you don’t have that excuse to eat. You can make better diet decisions when your head is clear.

Writing a diet journal can help you determine which activities are triggering the cravings. List down your activities during the day and find out if you felt like eating after that activity. Solicit the help of your friends if you want to go on a diet. This will help your friends understand why you would rather go to the herbal tea shop rather than the usual coffee place. Sometimes, it’s the emotional support we get from our friends that really help with dieting.

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Great Points on Cravings
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Hi Alesha,

Thanks for taking the time to make such an interesting and valuable post. You have made many valid points and I think people will find the information useful.

If you don't mind I would like to use this post as an article on the site. I would be happy to give you acknowledgement as the author of course and also provide you with a link to your website or blog. I will also include the article in a future newsletter.

Please let me know if you're interested.

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