Do you find yourself hard to break free from your unhealthy eating habits?
Many of us find it hard to resist having some sugary or fatty snacks every now and then. For those of us with a hectic schedule, junk foods or fast foods might be our go-to meal when we don’t have the time to prepare nutritious, balanced foods. We might be so dependent on junk food that our body constantly craves for it every now and then. But don’t let these cravings fool you! Try these healthy habits to fight your junk food cravings the natural way instead. It’s simpler than you think!
1. Drink water
Believe it or not, our body might often fool us into thinking that we are hungry or having food cravings. If you feel the sudden urge to eat junk food, try drinking a glass of water instead. Sometimes, it can actually help curb your cravings because your body is just dehydrated, not hungry. Furthermore, drinking water can improve your metabolism and help weight loss!
2. Eat more protein
When you have junk food cravings and decide to give in to them, you will get hungry again sooner or later because junk food mostly contains empty calories that will not keep you full for a long time. Turn to more protein-rich snacks instead, like a protein bar, yoghurt, or nuts. Protein keeps us feeling full for a longer period of time to suppress cravings. Research has also shown that increasing protein intake may reduce cravings by up to 60% and cut the desire to snack at night by 50%!
3. Avoid stress
One of the reasons for your cravings is stress! This is especially true for women. So if you find yourself easily gravitating towards unhealthy snacks way too often, it’s probably because you got a lot on your mind. Relax, unwind, and find an activity that helps you feel refreshed and recharged instead. Doing a hobby or a sport might help you distract yourself from your cravings as well.
These steps might be hard to follow at first, but we don’t want you to torture your body either! You can still reward yourself with some ‘cheat meal’ treats after a whole week of resisting your junk food cravings. After all, cravings do not have to be constantly followed, do they? Remember, you are in control of your own habits and lifestyle,
so control your habits before they control you!