To most people surprise, food cravings don’t have to ruin your diet or weight loss goals. The sudden urge to eat, particularly the wrong types of food is very common. Like most things, food craving is simply an acquired habit. If you’re in the habit of over-eating or eating the wrong food, the cravings will be irresistible.
So how do you stop food cravings that threaten your waistline? First you need to acknowledge that you’re in a war. A war of fatty foods that are easily accessible. Obesity and diabetes is on the rise because there are so many fatty foods available. Once you’re in the habit of eating fatty foods, the cravings get worse.
The good news is that once you break the habit of over-eating, the food cravings nearly go away. The best way to break the habit of eating the wrong food is to develop a balance diet plan with limited calories. If you need to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week, then a diet between 1200 and 1400 calories is best. Men should stay between 1500 and 1800 calories.
Plan each day and write down the exact foods you will eat. Write the calorie value next to each food item. Include fruits and vegetable and you just created your own diet plan. Realize that you will feel tempted, and cravings to eat the wrong food will be strong. However, once you get past the first week and stay on your diet, the food cravings nearly disappear because you’re changing a habit. Food craving is just another habit. The second or third week of your diet plan is easier because temptation is not strong.
Sure, there will be days after the second or third week of your diet that you eat something unplanned. However, get right back on your diet the next day without guilt. Getting past the first week is the toughest. It’s almost like breaking a smoking habit. However, the cravings stop after the second or third week and you feel more motivated as you see the weight come off.