How Do I Stop These Irresistible Cravings?
Yesterday as I was walking out of the door headed to get some steps in over at Epcot, I received a question that asked “How do I stope these irresistible cravings?” Knowing how to stop food cravings when you’re not hungry is important, especially if you’re trying to lose weight.
As I pondered the question, three or four things kept popping into my mind. In order to know how to stop food cravings, you have to understand what’s going on that’s actually causing the food cravings in the first place.
Let’s talk about three reasons you crave food.
Your Body Craves Nutrition
One of the reason that we crave food is simply the body telling us it needs nutrition. The problem is we typically feed the body junk food. This may temporarily fill us up, but soon after the body continues to need nutrition, so it tells us again that its hungry, causing cravings. The cycle continues.
If you feed your body nutritious foods that actually fuel the body, the cravings end.
You Are Addicted To Sugar
Another reason you crave food could be because you’re addicted to sugar. Sugar cravings are strong – in essence, processed sugar is a drug and your body craves it. My cravings for sugar were so strong I’d often end up at Chickfila ordering a gallon of sweet tea while I already had a cup of sweet tea in the cup holder.
If you end your addiction to sugar, the cravings will subside.
You Crave Food Out of Habit
When I sit down to watch TV or even sit down at my desk to focus on work, an immediate craving for food appears. This is a habit that is triggered by certain events / actions. You associate eating with watching TV, or working on a project.
In order to stop craving food when it’s out of habit, you have to change your habit. Alter what you do when the triggers appear.
Stop Food Cravings
I also want to address the original question and the way it was asked – “How do I stop these irresistible cravings?” The question itself reflects a non-powered attitude. It assumes defeat and is non-serving language that almost guarantees defeat!
Your attitude toward food, your habits and your cravings is much of the battle! If you want to stop cravings, which is as much mental as it is physical, you have to win the battle of the mind!
Tips For Stopping Food Cravings
Now that you understand where food cravings come from, here are a few practical tips on how to stop food cravings:
- Drink lots of water – it makes you feel more full
- Eat more proteins and fats – they make you feel more full
- Keep the food away from you that you crave
- Meal plan and stay on a schedule
- Avoid getting overly hungry
- Avoid stress
- Use an accountability partner
How To Stop Craving Junk Food
It’s definitely easier than done, especially if you are addicted to junk food like I was. But in order to stop craving junk food, you have to replace the junk food with nutritious food. Eating junk food is a habit, a choice and a decision.
If you want to stop craving junk food, you have to stop eating it. You’ll have to stop eating it before the cravings will stop.
But it’s like this – YOU are worth it! YOU can stop the food cravings!