It doesn’t matter how hard we try, everyone becomes a victim of those nasty little cravings. It’s even worse when you are on a serious weight loss regimen. Even if you are not trying to lose weight, but just maintain the status quo, cravings can wreck havoc on your regular dietary routine. Before you know it, you are overdoing things, and your calorie count becomes decimated. For the most part, we know that eating low fat healthy food, and proper fitness is essential for staying healthy, but sometimes it seems 24 hours is just not enough to deal with a hectic schedule, and squeeze in the time it takes to exercise, and prepare healthy meal. That smaller waist will just have to wait.
One of the best strategies to combat those cravings and keep your diet intact is to plan ahead. Eat 5 to 6 smalls meals a day about 2.5 to 3 hours apart. Try not to skip any of these meals. I spoke about the benefits of these smaller meals in a earlier article. The body takes between 2 and 3 hours to fully digest a meal. So, when the cravings begin, it’s pretty much time for your next meal. Most times when you feel that craving coming on between meals, it’s really your body signaling thirst. Stay hydrated. If you keep a bottle of water with you and take sips throughout the day, you will quite easily stay hydrated, and get rid of one of the most common causes of cravings.
At home, keep fresh fruit around. If you are hit with a craving, fruit is much better than processed snacks any day, vegetables are even better. Did you know that the body burns more calories digesting celery than the amount of calories in the celery? Celery with your favorite low-fat dip, and you can’t go wrong. Always keep your goal in mind…a smaller waist.
Ever been to a party, conference, or meeting on an empty stomach? Setting yourself up for failure. This is the perfect storm for you to overeat. Get a healthy snack, or better yet, eat a small meal prior to attending, this will nip the cravings in the bud by the time you get there.
Moderation is key. Remember calorie-free and fat-free are not the same. Fat free snacks are great, but don’t overindulge because you see fat-free on the label, check the amount of calories. Implement these little rules of thumb and the next time you feel the cravings, you will be ready to handle them, and maintain that smaller waist.