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5 Ways to Deal with Junk Foods Cravings, According to Nutritionist

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 frequent 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 additionally have a role to play in food cravings. Hormonal imbalance, stress, pregnancy, nutritional deficiency or mood swings can additionally make us crave for a particular food, mainly an unhealthy one. Here are tips by nutritionist Pooja Bohra to control unhealthy food cravings.


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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.


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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 ingredients throughout the day can help curb the constant cravings.


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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 decreased hunger and cravings after a ten hour fast as effectively as drinking a calorie-rich beverage.


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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.


Originally published: Hindustan Times

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