How To Stop Craving Carbs

 

  1. Get a good nights sleep – this may seem like hogswash, but it is true. Less sleep leads to poorer judgment and if you’re tired during the day or trying to stay up extra late, you may eat more food to stay awake or look for a quick fix like an energy drink or snack bar, which are more often than not full of sugar and calories. So getting a good nights sleep will make you less likely to seek those high calorie energy foods to stay awake.
  2. Experience the process of eating – try and eat your meals undistracted and you are way more likely to feel as though you have just eaten and will be more satisfied. How often have you grabbed a quick bite on the run and not even felt like you’ve eaten as you were concentrating on other things? Mentally taking note of what you are eating is a great way to curb the cravings.
  3. Wait before ordering dessert – we’ve all felt after eating a meal that we could easily have seconds or indulge in something sweet, but more often than not, if we just wait 15 minutes after eating a meal, you will notice that the feeling goes away and you can then save yourself the extra calories and having to work them off later.
  4. Chew your food properly – often we are in a rush and eat a meal quickly because we have to be somewhere. Chewing our food properly not only aids in digestion, but reinforces to our brain that we are eating, so that we are not reaching for a snack soon after cause we forgot we ate already.
  5. Drink plenty of water – this makes us feel fuller and flushes the body of toxins making us feel less sluggish and less likely to crave a pick me up in the form of a sugar hit.
  6. Try adding cinnamon to your food and beverages – cinnamon can act as a natural appetite suppressant and tastes great with many sweet foods and beverages, so try adding some to your diet and see if it reduces your carb cravings.
  7. Keep yourself occupied – boredom is one of the main causes of overeating. Keeping yourself occupied will take your mind off unnecessary snacking throughout the day.
  8. Have healthy alternatives on hand – have a list of healthy alternatives or stock up on the best options for when you do have a craving and you will feel less guilty about having a snack. It is important to treat yourself every now and again and not totally eliminate favourite treats from your diet altogether, so that you don’t fall off the wagon and end up having a binge, cause it can be hard to get on again, so prevention is the best cure.
  9. Have goals – if you have your goals written down, the next time you have a craving, you can pull out your list and make the conscious decision to keep pushing forward towards them. Not having goals when you are trying to lose weight or gain muscle is like getting in a car and driving interstate without a road map, meaning you are very likely to get lost.
  10. Be stronger than your excuses – there are always going to be temptations and voices in our heads telling us why we should eat something that’s not good for us. No-one said it would be easy as it does take discipline and self control to lead a healthy lifestyle. But being stronger than your excuses brings results and once you see and feel them, you will have good reason to keep resisting those unhelpful carb cravings.