Nip those cravings in the bud!
Wednesday 04 July 2012
With all the will in the world, even the most devoted of dieters get those niggling cravings that can deal a biscuit-shaped blow to your bikini plans.
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Here are our top ten tips on how to beat those cravings.
1. Probably the best way to beat cravings is not to get them in their first place. Sounds easier said than done, but a bit of savvy planning can be a diet-saver. Ensuring your blood sugar levels stay constant is vital, so eat foods with a low GI (glycaemic index). This usually means finding alternatives to the food you usually eat, for example swapping to Basmati rice, choosing oat-based or high-fibre cereals, wholegrain bread, and sweet or new potatoes. These keep you feeling fuller for longer, so you’re much less likely to reach for the biccie tin mid afternoon.
2. A great way to beat cravings if they do arise is to distract yourself. All too often it’s boredom rather than biscuits that are making your mind wander away from the diet and into the fridge; so call a pal, run an errand, or even knit to see those choccie dreams rapidly vanish.
3. A slightly more eccentric but equally useful tip is to keep your favourite treats in the freezer. If your favourite bar of dairy milk is stashed away there, you can still enjoy a couple of squares, but you’ll be unable to munch the whole thing (as if you would!)
4. Now here’s a craving tip we love. Get more sleep! Yup, indulging your snooze button really can help you lose weight and keep cravings at bay. Recent research hints that sleep deprivation might cause metabolic changes that drive overeating and lack of appetite control.
5. Sometimes we think we are hungry when really we are just dehydrated. If your cravings are getting the better of you, have a glass of water and you may realise it was thirst rather than hunger that was getting the better of you.
6. Working up a good sweat not only does wonders for burning calories and toning you up, but it also increases your appetite control. So whether it’s running, swimming, playing with the kids in the park or even a ‘bedroom workout’, cardio will do wonders for curbing cravings.
7. If your sweet tooth just will not let up, think creatively and make some more waistline friendly substitutes. Choose sweet fruit instead of sweets, or a low calorie hot chocolate instead of an entire Galaxy bar.
8. A problem shared is a problem halved. When cravings hit, tell a supportive friend just how desperate you are for a doughnut/pasty/cheeseburger. Saying it out loud might make you realise that while you may fancy one for ten minutes, you don’t actually need one.
9. If your dieting patience is running low, its always worthwhile keeping your goal in mind with a picture or specific idea of what you want to achieve. So if you look at a pic of your favourite trimmed celeb, or imagine how amazing you’ll look in your bikini in your holiday snaps, that should put an end to your crisps fantasies.
10. Finally, if you really can’t trust yourself, make sure that your ‘trigger’ foods are out of sight and out of mind. If you know that you tend to over-eat certain foods, ban them from your house and office. If you have to make a special trip to get them, you’re much more likely to snap out of the craving before all your hard work goes to pot.
By Emily Gosling
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