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How To Control Food Cravings

How To Control Food Cravings

The human mouth has exactly 32 teeth, with one extra tooth that seems to crave all things bad: the sweet tooth. A dentist may not be able to point it out, but we all know it’s there.


Ignoring your sweet tooth is very difficult, and most of us have a hard time trying to let go of the food cravings that get us through bad breakups, stressful jobs, and the oh-so-heavy load of taking care of our families. We also have those food cravings for all things fried and dyed. The best way to control food cravings? Indulge in them every once in a while!

Let’s not sugar coat it; diets don’t mean you have to sacrifice the foods you love, but they also don’t give you the permission to make unhealthy decisions either. In fact, a healthy weight loss program will actually encourage you to control food cravings, by treating yourself to them every once in a while. These rare enjoyments from the foods we love to hate actually prevent us from taking a crash course in binge eating later down the road.

Give in a Little Bit…

There is a happy medium you can develop to make sure you avoid binge eating, but still get to enjoy the foods you love most every once in a while. The problem with totally ignoring food cravings is that they can eventually catch up with you. When we cut out our food cravings totally, we are in danger of engaging in binge eating.

“When we totally deprive our bodies of food cravings, we are only encouraging ourselves to binge eat later,” says Dr. Caroline Cederquist, founding physician of BistroMD.

”Healthy diet plans will actually encourage you to control food cravings by taking a night for yourself to enjoy some of the foods you otherwise wouldn’t,” says Dr. Cederquist.

With proper portion control, and with meals that are nutritionally balanced, your metabolism can burn fat effectively, and cause you to avoid those food binges that cause you to overeat.

Learn to “Fake” Fry…

It’s no secret that we can’t eat French fries or fried chicken and still maintain a healthy diet. If you want to make something fried on your “free” night from dieting, there is a healthier alternative.

Instead of using traditional batter to coat your fried food fixings, coat your protein in egg whites, a mixture of grated parmesan cheese, and panko bread crumbs, instead. Bake it in the oven, and you’ve got a tasty treat, with less guilt, and with the same indulgent satisfaction.

Rake up your wrappers…

Even though candy isn’t the best thing to eat on a diet, you can have a few pieces here and there without doing any harm. If you are going to eat candy on your “free” night of dieting, it’s important to recycle those wrappers each time you eat something.

Each time you choose to battle your sweet food cravings with candy, make sure you save the wrappers in a clear container or jug. This will give you a definite idea about how much you should be indulging in your sugary habit. If the jar is too full, you know you’ve had too much, and it’s probably a good idea to cut back on the candy.

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