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How to Easily Stop Your Junk Food Cravings

How to Easily Stop Your Junk Food Cravings
Your cravings for junk food can end up being your worst enemy and can drive you to unnecessary weight gain, but thankfully there are several ways that you can stop  your junk food cravings without much extra effort. Every little bit that you do to avoid weight gain helps, and these techniques are quiet simple and easy to implement no matter how busy you may be. Controlling your cravings and changing your appetites to healthy foods will help tremendously with keeping extra calories off, and you always have to remember that losing weight and staying thin is more about making permanent lifestyle changes than it is about just dieting or exercising. To curb your appetite for junk foods, always have appetite suppressing healthy foods around, drink plenty of water, and follow these other tips which will help you avoid your reliance on junk foods for energy throughout the day.

Stop for a minute before you eat junk food

One of the biggest motivators that drives people to eat junk food is emotional eating, and this often occurs when you are stressed out, fatigued, or anxious. Before you snack on a junk food, take a moment to think about whether or not you are stressed out or otherwise feeling emotional at the time. You may be able to stop yourself with nothing more than willpower if you think about the reasons why you are eating, and if you are strong enough you can train yourself to eat something healthy, drink a glass of water or eat nothing at all when you are stressed out. The key is to first be aware of the fact that you are engaging in emotional eating, and from there you can start to focus on different techniques that can help you avoid eating anything at all when you are stressed and instead focusing on positive and productive solutions.

Eat apples regularly

If you enjoy eating apples, you are in good luck because they are one of the best foods to suppress and reduce junk food cravings. The HCG diet incorporates apples for this very reason, and one of the best plateau breakers on the diet is the "€œApple Day"€. There are several reasons why apples are recommended as an alternative to junk food. They are rich in pectin, which is a soluble fiber which can help you feel full, and they are very low in calories as well. The pectin in apples also keeps your blood sugar at a normal stabilized level throughout the day, which means that you will be less likely to grab a junk food and you won't feel starved. The pectin in apples can keep you full for 1 to 2 hours while junk food breaks down so fast that you can feel hungry just minutes later.

Drink a lot of water

One of the best ways to avoid snacking on junk foods is to drink plenty of water throughout the day, including a sufficient amount of water at every meal. This is harped on a lot on this blog and other weight loss blogs, but it is something that is commonly neglected and it is unfortunate because drinking more water is by far one of the easiest and most effective ways to lose weight. The body and brain often mistake dehydration for hunger, and as a result people often snack on junk foods without realizing that they are actually dehydrated. They end up becoming more dehydrated as a result of the high sodium and sugar content of many junk foods and the cycle repeats itself. To avoid this, keep junk foods out of your home and always have a bottle of water with you.

Don't have them available

Another one of the easiest ways to avoid eating junk foods is to simply not have them available to you at all during the day. You can stick to whole foods and natural foods when you are shopping and simply keep any junk foods or processed foods outside of your home. If you are the type of person who has to eat out for lunch or dinner occasionally, it can be more difficult to avoid junk foods, but at least you can keep them out of your home. Come up with a shopping list of whole foods that you enjoy eating and stick mostly to that list whenever you shop, and try to keep grains, processed foods and junk out of your home if at all possible.

Get more sleep

One of the biggest causes for snacking and weight gain is a lack of sleep. Whenever you don't sleep enough, your body tries to compensate by increasing your caloric intake, and the resulting increase in calories leads to weight gain. Just adding one or two extra hours of sleep per night can end up having major benefits in helping you reduce your cravings for food throughout the day. Also, if you are the type of person who skips breakfast you should rethink that as well, as many studies have proven that eating breakfast regularly can help reduce weight gain throughout your life and maintain a healthy weight. If you find that you aren't getting enough sleep each night, spend the extra time to get to bed earlier, or another potential solution is to take more naps throughout the day.

Try a little caffeine

Caffeine can be a great and effective appetite suppressant, and although you don't want to become too reliant on it to get you through the day, it can be a great way to curb your cravings for junk food. Sipping on a cup of coffee or green tea throughout the day can help reduce your cravings for carbs and junk foods, and there are many health benefits to drinking both of these drinks on a regular basis. Of course you should never sweeten them with sugar or artificial sweeteners, as this will defeat the purpose of drinking them, however you can use stevia. In most cases it is advisable to also avoid adding cream and dairy to these drinks, but if you have to choose between adding dairy or a sweetener, choose adding dairy and avoid adding any calorie sweeteners, even natural sweeteners like honey or agave nectar.

Try a detox diet

The HCG diet is one of the best detox diets available, and it can actually change your body's biochemistry and your behaviors dramatically in a very short period of time. The diet essentially rids your body of the negative effects that junk food and processed food can have. Over time, you can basically become addicted to junk food, and your brain can start to crave these foods simply because of the rush of endorphins and feel good hormones that occurs when you eat them. The HCG diet helps your body and brain recover from food addictions, and it detoxes your body from the harmful effects of junk foods because it restricts you to a very low calorie diet of only natural fruits, vegetables and healthy clean protein sources. Going on this diet for its very short period of time can have major benefits to your health and help you get back on track, and you will find that your cravings for food change for the better.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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