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How to stop cravings for food? When you are trying to lose fat, then it is inevitable that you are going to feel hungry. Hunger is a normal part of fat loss and if you want results, you simply need to tolerate it. It is not realistic not to feel hunger at all, when losing fat. If you eat every single time you feel cravings for food, it will be very difficult to make any long-term progress. But if you feel serious cravings, not just simple hunger, then there are a few strategies you can put into action.
If you want to know how to stop cravings for food, then your first step is taking the slow and steady approach to fat loss. The goal for most people is to lose fat quickly, right? But this also means a larger calorie deficit and a higher likelihood of food cravings. But if you want to decrease your food cravings, adopting a steadier approach with a larger emphasis on exercises, can help. But this does not mean all food cravings will go away. No matter how hard someone tries, cravings for food will eventually take over. Even experienced bodybuilders after a competition, often give way to food cravings.
One really simple and easy way to stop cravings for food, is to eat a substantial breakfast and small frequent meals throughout the day. Food cravings are more likely to happen later during the day, if a person skips breakfast. People who don´t eat breakfast, eat during the night, which is known as Night time Eating Syndrome (NES). But if you eat a small meal after every 3-4 hours, it will be easier to stop food cravings. [See: Overcoming Night Eating Syndrome: A Step-by-Step Guide]
There are many other strategies which can teach and help you to stop cravings for food. For example, you can and should, include protein with each meal. Lean proteins suppress food cravings better than any other macronutrient. Studies have shown that increasing protein from 15% to 30% and reducing carbs the same amount, actually improves fat loss and reduces food cravings, because of increased leptin sensitivity.
Drinking plenty of water or low-calorie beverages also helps to control appetite. Water does not necessarily suppress your cravings, but it does fill up your stomach. Not only that, but you can also get a psychological boost, by drinking low-calorie beverages. You can drink ordinary water, sparkling water, tea, juice or coffee. Whole foods contain calories and so do sodas, so it can be very useful to regularly drink 0 calorie and low-calorie beverages.
Learn how to stop cravings for food, by experimenting with various food substitutions and getting sleep. I am sure you know that some foods make you feel much fuller, than other foods. Lots of people have reported that oatmeal gives them a full feeling and cereals don`t seem to give them anything at all. This can be different from person to person, so you need to experiment with this yourself. You can even keep a journal to keep track of this. And another thing that always helps, is getting your zzzzz`s. It is necessary to sleep and often people don`t sleep enough. Research from the University of Wisconsin show clearly that sleep deprivation increases food cravings. So get enough sleep!
Your Thoughts: I am sure plenty of you have had food cravings. If so, how have you dealt with them? What tips and tricks can you share with us?