How to Deal with Cravings

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Cravings. Dangerous yet so undeniable. They’re possibly the most evilly delicious things in the world. Like I mentioned last time, there are two main types of dieters. If you’re the all-or-nothing and resist all cravings, it could come back and bite you in the butt. Cue to you eating an entire bucket of fried chicken and chocolate cake. Or if you indulge in many many many small treats throughout the day, it could also push you over the (caloric) edge.

When left unchecked, cravings can lead to overeating. One small bag of chips here. One handful of candy there. Or one bucket of fried chicken here…

The solution is finding the right amount of moderation. Redesigning your perception of what a good “portion” is also important. Here are my best tips to deal with cravings without breaking the bank, health-wise.

  1. Plan out your meals/snacks and include one small indulgence. You’ll have something to look forward to and it helps to prevent any gigantic binge session at a later time.
  2. Portion control, portion control, portion control. Choose 1 intense, rich dark chocolate square vs an entire candy bar. Quality over quality here: a little can go a long way if it’s absolutely delicious.
  3. Drink water throughout the day. It’ll help to curb any random hunger pang. Plus, you’re probably thirsty, not hungry.
  4. Learn to say “No” when you’ve had your fair share of indulgences.
  5. Learn to say “Yes” before you explode and eat all the cookies in sight. Moderation is key (see #2).
  6. Enjoy healthy indulgences. Yogurt and fresh strawberries is a fun and healthy twist to strawberries and whipped cream. Healthy foods can be delicious treats too.

At the end of the day, balance your health, happiness, and sanity when it comes to food. No one expects you to eat lettuce all day and no one should eat candy all day (I’ve done that once. Worst day of my life). It takes practice and planning, but it’s all 100% doable.

Good luck!

Thomas Ngo, RD
Registered Dietitian
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2 Comments Add yours

  1. mi55i says:

    Thanks for posting this. I definitely need this reminder today. Stuffed my face with symphony chocolate and chocolate chip cookies. Not good =(.

    1. Thomas says:

      No guilt!! Only positive thoughts going forward 🙂

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