It has been a great day, you have made all the right choices when it comes to eating and you are in the home stretch, it's 8:30 pm and you feel the victory dance coming on. Then it happens, you have to have chocolate and you have to have it now!
What do you do when a craving grabs you by the shorts and won't let go? Cravings normally last between 10 and 20 minutes so it is what you do with in that time that will make or break your dieting success for the day. I have outlined some tips to help you curb those cravings before they have time to ruin your day.
Drink a glass of water.
Most Americans are chronically dehydrated, and our bodies can't tell the difference
between hunger and thirst. If your thirst is appearing to be hunger, and you drink a
glass of water, the craving will dissipate. Water is good for you and might just quench
Call a friend or clean out a drawer, turn on your favorite music and turn it up loud! If you distract yourself for the 20 minutes it takes a craving to pass, you have beaten the craving beast.
Brush your teeth
If you brush, floss and rinse with mouthwash, not only have you used up valuable craving time, you have engaged your taste buds in an invigorating experience and they will calm down for a while.
Pinch the triangle of cartilage on the inside of your ear where you ear meets your cheek. Hold the pinch for 30 seconds, this is the pressure pong that controls appetite and it can end the craving.
Add magnesium to your diet
Taking 400 milligrams of magnesium daily can assist in curbing cravings for chocolate in about a week
Have a snack that is high in protein
There is an amino acid in high protein foods called L-tryptophan. This amino acid converts to serotonin, which impacts mood and cravings. Eating high protein foods can calm the nerves and in turn calm the frequency and severity of cravings.
Use these tips to curb your cravings and learn to listen to your body. Give it what it needs and not always what it wants. Doing these things will have you well on your way to having the body you have always wanted.