How to Win Over Food Cravings


It was one of those days when you’re feeling pretty proud of yourself—and, food cravings How to Win Over Food Cravingsyou have every reason to. Ever since you started on a diet program you found online, you’ve been pretty much on track. It has been 10 days—10 days of strictly following the diet. And then suddenly, completely out of nowhere, it hits you–the food craving that everyone is talking about.

Your friends have mentioned it before; you brushed it off. After all, you’ve dealt with food cravings before–who haven’t? So, you thought you were prepared for it. But what you didn’t know is the difference in intensity. For some reason, this one is stronger than anything you have experienced in the past. It may be largely because it has been a while since you last indulged.

So, what do you do when cravings hit? Better yet, what do you do when cravings hit while you’re on a diet? Whether it’s a craving for a Dairy Queen milk shake or a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder; you have to equip yourself with a few techniques; so that next time, when it hits you full blast, you’ll be able to stand your ground.

Conquer Food Cravings by Putting Mind Over Matter

Cravings are difficult to predict. They sneak up on you just like a thief in the night. This is why being prepared is important. When food cravings hit, it is difficult to keep your focus. Usually, the object of your cravings is all you can thing off. In fact, the operative words are readiness and preparation. As much as they say exercising control takes a lot of skills and practice, you can do it with these few techniques.

  • Make a list of the reasons losing weight is important to you. Feed your mind with it every morning. Motivation is your greatest shield against food cravings.
  • Prepare a convincing line that you can use on yourself when you start craving for food. You can write it in a card and recite it with conviction every day. An effective line may be “I am stronger than my cravings. If I give in now, I will have pleasure for a while but I will feel terrible for a long time. It is not worth it.”
  • Commend yourself. Reminding yourself how you’ve been doing well is another effective mind-over-matter trick. You can even use famous lines such as, “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul” and combine it with “I can do this! I’ve survived days without it. It is just a craving and it will go away. I am doing so well and there is no reason for me to do otherwise.”

Win Over Food Cravings by Creating a Distraction

The more you focus on food, the higher the risk of you triggering a food craving. Keep in mind that there is more to life than food. Always keep yourself busy and engage in activities that are highly distracting. Have a list of activities ready so that when you find yourself with some idle time, you can go back and distract yourself again. In the list, you may include activities such as hanging out with friends, browsing interesting websites, gardening, engaging in crafts and other hobbies, participating in sports and many more.

For women, shopping whether online or in an outlet store is a great way to be distracted.

Another effective means of distracting yourself is by brushing your teeth. Whenever you feel a craving, brush your teeth. Studies show that this trick the mind into thinking that it already ate. The cool and fresh minty taste in your mouth may be able to wipe away any food craving that you have.

Eat Healthy and Reduce Food Craving

Eating in moderation is always the key. If you have a favorite food and it is not one of those foods can trigger binging or craving, then, indulge in moderation, every once in a while. As much as you like sugary foods, you should just give in to this before bedtime and immediately brush your teeth after. By doing it this way, you are not giving yourself an opportunity to crave for more.

As challenging as the battle against food craving is, do not feel intimidated. With the right techniques, you’ll be able to curb your cravings in no time. And after your first win, a feeling of liberation will follow suit. With one battle won, you’ll start feeling more confident and ready to face cravings in the future.

How to Win Over Food Cravings

It was one of those days when you’re feeling pretty proud of yourself—and, you have every reason to. Ever since you started on a diet program you found online, you’ve been pretty much on track. It has been 10 days—10 days of strictly following the diet. And then suddenly, completely out of nowhere, it hits you–the food craving that everyone is talking about. Your friends have mentioned it before; you brushed it off. After all, you’ve dealt with food cravings before–who haven’t? So, you thought you were prepared for it. But what you didn’t know is the difference in intensity. For some reason, this one is stronger than anything you have experienced in the past. It may be largely because it has been a while since you last indulged.

So, what do you do when cravings hit? Better yet, what do you do when cravings hit while you’re on a diet? Whether it’s a craving for a Dairy Queen milk shake or a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder; you have to equip yourself with a few techniques; so that next time, when it hits you full blast, you’ll be able to stand your ground.

Conquer Food Cravings by Putting Mind Over Matter

Cravings are difficult to predict. They sneak up on you just like a thief in the night. This is why being prepared is important. When food cravings hit, it is difficult to keep your focus. Usually, the object of your cravings is all you can thing off. In fact, the operative words are readiness and preparation. As much as they say exercising control takes a lot of skills and practice, you can do it with these few techniques.

  • Make a list of the reasons losing weight is important to you. Feed your mind with it every morning. Motivation is your greatest shield against food cravings.
  • Prepare a convincing line that you can use on yourself when you start craving for food. You can write it in a card and recite it with conviction every day. An effective line may be “I am stronger than my cravings. If I give in now, I will have pleasure for a while but I will feel terrible for a long time. It is not worth it.”
  • Commend yourself. Reminding yourself how you’ve been doing well is another effective mind-over-matter trick. You can even use famous lines such as, “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul” and combine it with “I can do this! I’ve survived days without it. It is just a craving and it will go away. I am doing so well and there is no reason for me to do otherwise.”

Win Over Food Cravings by Creating a Distraction

The more you focus on food, the higher the risk of you triggering a food craving. Keep in mind that there is more to life than food. Always keep yourself busy and engage in activities that are highly distracting. Have a list of activities ready so that when you find yourself with some idle time, you can go back and distract yourself again. In the list, you may include activities such as hanging out with friends, browsing interesting websites, gardening, engaging in crafts and other hobbies, participating in sports and many more.

For women, shopping whether online or in an outlet store is a great way to be distracted. Another effective means of distracting yourself is by brushing your teeth. Whenever you feel a craving, brush your teeth. Studies show that this trick the mind into thinking that it already ate. The cool and fresh minty taste in your mouth may be able to wipe away any food craving that you have.

Eat Healthy and Reduce Food Craving

Eating in moderation is always the key. If you have a favorite food and it is not one of those foods can trigger binging or craving, then, indulge in moderation, every once in a while. As much as you like sugary foods, you should just give in to this before bedtime and immediately brush your teeth after. By doing it this way, you are not giving yourself an opportunity to crave for more. As challenging as the battle against food craving is, do not feel intimidated. With the right techniques, you’ll be able to curb your cravings in no time. And after your first win, a feeling of liberation will follow suit. With one battle won, you’ll start feeling more confident and ready to face cravings in the future.

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my herbalife June 6, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Ur habit of food craving with that of attack of thief is funny yet very much appropriate. Also your idea of exercising control like reminding yourself the reason of why do you need to lose weight etc is very much relevant in my case. Thanks

Slim Weight Patch June 9, 2010 at 8:39 am

I would prefer to use Uniquehoodia, because as i know it is the best appetite suppressant, which is available today!

Jennifer Sampross July 2, 2010 at 1:59 am

You can also choose an appetite suppressant like Phentermine to stop your food cravings.

H Miracle August 16, 2010 at 11:53 am

These are some great tips I started putting them into practice. They also work great with trying to quit smoking as well. I have been trying to lose weight and quit smoking cold turkey for a while now. These tips do help even though i still struggle I know that over time the cravings will lessen and i will look and feel great over time.

antjon August 24, 2010 at 8:45 am

the slim weight loss patch is now becoming one way to stop the craving for food, if they can stop the craving for nicotine I would say have a go, the herbal way could be the best way

whichjuicer April 12, 2011 at 2:10 pm

What works for me is to write down what I am craving on a piece of paper. Then on Sunday I give myself permission to eat whatever I want to and start going through the list of cravings I had. Usually this keeps me on my diet for 6 days and I get sick of eating before Sunday is over.

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