Some of the Best Ways to Fend Those Food Cravings

by silvioliving on May 19, 2013

bigstock-Assortment-sweets-and-candy-co-26136137Just imagine for a moment…a rich, dark and yummy chocolate bar is calling out to you. You can pretty much taste the creamy and sweet goodness of the bar. You want to consume it so badly that you simply cannot think about anything else.

Though, you should question yourself if it is really the taste of the chocolate that you are craving or the soothing associations that accompany it? Do you want it only because you know that you should not have it? Or do you feel that trying to fight the craving will only make it worse? 

Why do individuals crave specific food items at certain times?

Scientists are trying to understand the difficult relationships among behavior, mood, and food. They are also trying to explore all these certain questions that come to your mind to understand your cravings for food. From what we have found out so far is that cravings for food stimulate similar reward circuits in an individual’s brain as cravings for alcohol or drugs. This has been found from MRI scans which are tests that help to measure the activity of the brain by detecting certain changes in the flow of blood.

Almost every single individuals has cravings for certain food at time, but females report having cravings more often than males do and youngsters crave sweets more than the elderly do. Though, eating too many sweets can cause the reward circuits of the brain to flood which can lead to more and more cravings. Pretty soon, one chocolate bar won’t do it anymore. You will have to overstuff yourself.
Food addiction produces changes in the prefrontal cortex which can lead to addictive urges and override impulsivity.
So, how exactly can you fend of those food cravings?
Many studies show that the more you try to ignore a craving the more you will want to eat it. So, controlling and embracing the urge has been suggested instead.
Research shows that individuals who ate a chocolate bar in the middle of eating a meal or immediately after a meal were more victorious at giving the bar up than those individuals who ate the bar on an empty stomach.
Cognitive behavior therapy can do wonders for you too.
  • You can challenge your thoughts about eating the food that you are craving.
  • Exercising is also a great way to cut back on cravings.
  • Women who walk on a treadmill for 30 minutes have less brain response to images of food.
  • Also, some other ways to distract yourself are chewing a piece of gum or sniffing an item that is anything but food!
  • Take a whip of  jasmine. This will help to keep the same aroma receptors that are a part of your cravings busy.
 What you should try to do is:
  • set a timer for 30 to 45 minutes when you feel a craving coming on.
  • keep yourself busy until the timer that you have set goes off.

Your craving might have gone away. You cannot only delay consuming the craving, but you can also deteriorate the regular response to the craved food.

The longer you are able to stave off your food craving, the weaker your urge becomes to eat it.
Remember, an Ounce of Prevention in Each Moment is Worth a Pound of Cure Down the Road.

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