We all have them and sometimes it's really difficult finding the will power to say no to your cravings. It may just mean thinking about your goal or just practicing a bit of discipline but it is possible!
There are ways to curb those cravings and I'm going to share a few tips that will hopefully help you the next time you're eyeing up that big fat double choc chip muffin ;)
Tip No.1 - When you're on the brink, DRINK!!
Lot's of the time we mistake thirst for hunger and so result in eating more than you need to and end up dehydrated. So guzzle down a glass of water and see how you feel after a few minutes.
Tip No.2 - Up your PROTEIN!!
Ok, trainers and fitness pro's aside, the majority of us don't eat enough protein and by upping your intake of protein you can feel satisfied for longer. Aim to get some form of protein in all your meals.
Tip No.3 - WALK it off!!
Keeping yourself busy will reduce boredom eating. So go for a walk to distract your thoughts. Read a book. Go to the gym!
Tip No.4 - Plan AHEAD!!
Meal prep. Keep your cupboard, handbag, office desk filled with healthy snacks. This way you don't have to always go to the shops whenever you're hungry. If you don't have to walk past the ice cream aisle you'll be less tempted to give in to that 20oz tup caramel chew chew :p
Tip No.5 - Are you being piggy or are you actually HUNGRY?!!
Cravings are one thing, being hungry is another (as my family know only too well!). Avoid long periods without eating and again, have healthy snacks to hand. Once those hunger pangs kick in it won't matter how shiny your apple is cause that golden Lindt bar is gonna shine even brighter...
Tip No.6 - SLEEP (It's a time machine to breakfast)!!
For me, the biggest trigger to giving in to my cravings is tiredness - which is tricky with my job because the recommended 8 hours sleep a night had to go out the window when I decided to become a PT!
If you are struggling to keep your cravings at bay, it may be helpful to make a note about how you're feeling physically and mentally at the time.
And as always if you feel you need a helpful nudge getting started or staying on track then email me for advice to firstname.lastname@example.org