There is no denying the fact that unhealthy junk food craving is a powerful addiction that has been strategically developed by food manufacturers. Many of the snacks you buy from supermarkets are designed perfectly with added fats, sugar, salt and other chemicals that increase our craving for these foods. They are designed carefully with added flavors and sensory factors to make them as addictive as possible. Even if you are aware of their effects on your health, you have trouble avoiding them. Our reliance on these unhealthy foods is the main cause of increasing disease rates and obesity. Here are seven ways in which you can stop the craving for those chips, chocolates and fried foods. Try them and see what works best for you.
Ways To Stop Unhealthy Food Cravings
1.Find Out The Real Cause For Craving
Your first step to stop craving for unhealthy food starts by understanding why they occur. There can be various reasons for the cravings like low sugar levels, deficiency of essential nutrients in your body and hormonal changes etc. Knowing the triggers will help you to tackle it.
2. Up Your Nutrition Level
To get yourself out of this trap led by junk food manufacturer, avoid processed unhealthy food by eating lot of whole food. The less junk food you will eat, the less you will crave it. Boosting your nutrition level is the key to get your body weaned from these addictive hooks. When your body will get all the essential nutrients it requires to function optimally, it will automatically send appropriate signals to the brain that its nutritional requirement has been met and it should stop eating.
3. Shop For Whole Food
Spend maximum (90%) of your food budget on whole foods and rest on processed food like biscuits, chips etc. Instead of buying junk foods and putting them in your shopping basket, buy healthy things like fruit, nuts and vegetables. When you don’t have them in your home, you will not eat them. Gradually your craving will be gone.
4. Use Substitutes
When you feel hungry, eat an apple, pear, sliced raw vegetables or nuts. Get your kitchen rid of oily wafers, doughnuts, sweet biscuits etc. Replace doughnuts and biscuits with whole wheat cookies, and ice cream with chilled low fat yogurt.
5. Cook At Home
Start cooking; people get addicted to unhealthy junk and processed food because they are very busy and have no time to cook for themselves. But however busy you may be, don’t compromise your health for this. Try some easy and quick recipes which will not only save your time and money but save your health too.
6. Plan Your Meals Ahead
You can plan a week’s meals and shop for the ingredients at a time by making a list. Taking rounds of supermarket frequently can tempt you to purchase things that are unhealthy. When you will have all the ingredients at hand, you will be able to make preparation for dinner ahead of time. When food is ready, no one would like to go out for dinner.
7. Drink Enough Water
Dehydration is often understood as hunger. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. You will crave less for tea, coffee and other unhealthy foods. Keep a water jug and glass always in your sight. This will help to drink more water than you usually drink.
8. Stay Active
When you feel bored, you look for something to eat. Keeping yourself active and busy will help to avoid binge eating.If you will be able to resist yourself from eating unhealthy food for at least two weeks, eventually your craving will be gone. You will feel better and may lose some weight also.