Conquer your food cravings
Did you know that dieting can increase your hunger and cravings? It happens to everyone, especially when you start to lose weight—you start craving foods like chocolate, cookies, or other high-calorie, high-fat foods. The good news is that you can still lose weight by overcoming your cravings. In fact, an ongoing study at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging found that while 94% of dieting participants report cravings, they are still able to shed pounds by managing the impulse.1
And remember, CONTRAVE is a weight-loss medicine that may help you control your cravings while reducing hunger. The exact neurochemical effects of CONTRAVE leading to weight loss are not fully understood.
Check in with yourself. If you’re craving something, understand what is driving you to the craving in the first place. Are you sad? Are you anxious about something? Knowing this reason may help you resist the food and move onto something else. Create distractions, focus your mind on something else or even start a hobby.
Skip the “empty” foods. Eat more foods filled with fiber and protein which keep you fuller longer. This doesn’t give your body the chance to feel hungry as quickly as eating a highly processed snack, which usually aren’t packed with those healthy nutrients. And drink lots of water! This may keep your body away from mistaking thirst for hunger.
Keep a food journal. This is a great way to help people stay on track and easily make diet adjustments when necessary. Knowing what you eat can be very beneficial and motivating because you can see the healthy choices you make. If journaling is too time consuming, there are food-tracking apps instead.
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Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any nutrition or exercise plan.
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References: 1. Gilhooly CH, Das SK, Golden JK, McCrory MA, Dallal GE, Saltzman E, et al. Food cravings and energy regulation: the characteristics of craved foods and their relationship with eating behaviors and weight change during 6 months of dietary energy restriction. Int J Obesity Lond. 2007;31:1849-1858.