Craving for junk food all the time? 8 tips to deal with it

Table of Contents We all are guilty of cheating on our diets due to sudden

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  • Cravings for unhealthy food is more common than you think. The trigger could be anything from sight to smell of a certain food. There are ways to deal with it. Here are tips by nutritionist Pooja Bohra to control unhealthy food cravings.

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We all are guilty of cheating on our diets due to sudden cravings or overloading us with calories despite having a full meal. Craving for unhealthy food is more common than you think. The trigger could be anything – the sight or the smell of a certain food. There are centres in our brain related to memory, pleasure and reward that may have a role to play in food cravings. Hormonal imbalance, stress, pregnancy, nutritional deficiency or mood swings can also make us crave for a particular food, mostly an unhealthy one. Here are tips by nutritionist Pooja Bohra to control unhealthy food cravings.(Pexels)

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Drink water: Thirst is often confused as hunger or food craving as they can produce similar sensations in the body. Try staying hydrated throughout the day to reduce those cravings.(Pexels)

Drink water: Thirst is often confused as hunger or food craving as they can produce similar sensations in the body. Try staying hydrated throughout the day to reduce those cravings.(Pexels)

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Avoid long gaps between meals: Eat some healthy snacks like a handful of almonds, walnuts or a fruit to achieve the feeling of satiety in between the meals. Eating small meals throughout the day can help curb the constant cravings.(Pexels)

Avoid long gaps between meals: Eat some healthy snacks like a handful of almonds, walnuts or a fruit to achieve the feeling of satiety in between the meals. Eating small meals throughout the day can help curb the constant cravings.(Pexels)

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Chew your food properly: Studies suggest that the action of chewing can help reduce hunger, make you feel fuller and reduce your cravings. In a recent study, chewing gum reduced hunger and cravings after a ten hour fast as effectively as drinking a calorie-rich beverage.(Pexels)

Chew your food properly: Studies suggest that the action of chewing can help reduce hunger, make you feel fuller and reduce your cravings. In a recent study, chewing gum reduced hunger and cravings after a ten hour fast as effectively as drinking a calorie-rich beverage.(Pexels)

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Don’t skip any meals: If you are someone who is in a habit of skipping meals, you may experience cravings for junk food or sweet treat. When we are hungry for a longer time, we tend to crave for unhealthy food.(Pexels)

Don’t skip any meals: If you are someone who is in a habit of skipping meals, you may experience cravings for junk food or sweet treat. When we are hungry for a longer time, we tend to crave for unhealthy food.(Pexels)

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Include protein in every meal: Increasing your protein intake can help in curbing those unhealthy cravings. Protein takes longer time to digest as compared to carbs and it may keep you full for an extended time.(Pexels)

Include protein in every meal: Increasing your protein intake can help in curbing those unhealthy cravings. Protein takes longer time to digest as compared to carbs and it may keep you full for an extended time.(Pexels)

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Fight stress: A lot of people indulge in emotional eating only to regret later. It is often triggered by high levels of stress. Doing yoga, meditation, eating a balanced diet and a good night's sleep help in dealing with stress effectively.(Pexels)

Fight stress: A lot of people indulge in emotional eating only to regret later. It is often triggered by high levels of stress. Doing yoga, meditation, eating a balanced diet and a good night’s sleep help in dealing with stress effectively.(Pexels)

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Get enough sleep and rest: Scientists have found that people who get more sleep are less hungry during the day. They also experience reduced desire for sweet and salty foods.(Pexels)

Get enough sleep and rest: Scientists have found that people who get more sleep are less hungry during the day. They also experience reduced desire for sweet and salty foods.(Pexels)

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Stock up healthy options at home: If you do not want to eat junk all the time, keep their healthy alternatives ready. Instead of stocking up on chips, cookies, namkeens, satiate your hunger pangs with nuts like almonds and walnuts.(Pexels)

Stock up healthy options at home: If you do not want to eat junk all the time, keep their healthy alternatives ready. Instead of stocking up on chips, cookies, namkeens, satiate your hunger pangs with nuts like almonds and walnuts.(Pexels)

Published on Oct 04, 2021 06:11 PM IST