Curb Your Carb Cravings
Posted On Jun 27, 2016
While we love to believe that we reign supreme in the self-control department and that our will power outweighs any unnatural desires, there are just some situations that completely disregard our resolve.
Exhibit A: Cravings.
Food cravings are unapologetic forces that lash out at the most inopportune moments. These moments including the times when we’re actually trying to do right by our bodies and stay away from carbs.
But let’s be honest: who really reaches for celery after a bad day? There are just some times when a huge bowl of pasta and fizzy drinks are the only things that will comfort you. However, if there were simple ways to progressively curb your carbs, would you practice them?
- Extra Protein, Please
Protein balances blood sugar, which is the key to suppressing sugar and carb cravings. Eating more lean meats, fish, avocado, beans, eggs, and natural yogurt will help your body to remain satisfied for a longer period of time, which will alter how much you actually crave carbs.
- Carbs are not the solution
We all know how quickly we turn to carbs when we’re in need of a quick pick-me-up. Rather than seeking comfort in food, try changing your mood through the use of other methods such as exercising, hanging out with friends, or watching your favorite movie.
- Sleep more, eat less
Ever wonder why there are certain days when your cravings are at an all-time high and your need for sugar intake is abnormally high? It’s possible that you just didn’t get enough sleep. Research has shown that a lack of sleep can cause us to eat between 300 and 400 more calories on the next day. This is so because we want to quickly boost our energy levels, which is why we tend to grab for unhealthy snacks throughout the day. Solution? Less Facebook, more sleeping.
- Replace the carbs
As it turns out, fat suppresses the appetite, which means it’s always a good idea to replace carbs with healthy fats. Also, fats aren’t addicting and like protein, they balance the blood sugar which will reduce our carb cravings. Try opting for nuts, oily fish, and avocados when you’re feeling a little risky.
- Get your stress in check
Your cravings are stimulated when your stress levels are out of whack. No problem has ever been solved by worrying, so learn to cope with stress in a matter that’s most practical and suitable for you.
Pro Tip: Snack on a few almonds each day to give you just the right amount of energy while simultaneously balancing your blood sugar level.
What are your cravings saying about you?