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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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