When you are trying to find ways to lose weight, learning about cravings can help you to avoid needless eating. I have added an excerpt from each article.
“You need magnesium. Know that magnesium is a critical co-factor in more than 300 enzymatic reactions in the human body. Take note that on a positive side, chocolate is a rich source of flavonoids and gallic acid, both of which possess cardioprotective properties, and significant amounts of anti oxidants. Anything more than 100g daily is bad. Instead, rid the deficiency with magnesium.”
“Go nuts. Drink two glasses of water and eat an ounce of nuts (6 walnuts, 12 almonds or 20 peanuts). Within 20 minutes, this can extinguish your craving and dampen your appetite by changing your body chemistry, says Michael F. Roizen, MD.”
The tips from this site are: (1) Use vegetables liberally, (2) drink plenty of water, (3) use chocolate pudding for chocolate (I use sugar-free ice pops), (4) eat as much real food as possible, (5) stay away from high fructose corn syrup, and (6) supplement your diet with glucose control agents.
“If some foods you crave don’t leave you feeling too good, you may have an intolerance to them. Before visiting a doctor or nutritionist, keep a record of everything you eat or drink and your reactions to them for at least three days. Some foods are well-known for causing reactions, so pay attention if symptoms such as bloating, headaches, fatigue or mood swings follow when you eat or drink dairy foods, wheat, citrus fruit, tomatoes, eggs, sugar or caffeine.”
“Cookthink turns your cravings into reality, matching recipes with cravings by ingredient, cuisine, dish, or mood. For example, if you were to head to the site aching for something—anything—that will hit your “basily” mood, just tell Cookthink that’s what you want and it’ll give you a handful of recipes designed to satisfy that craving. You can give Cookthink more than one requirement to meet your craving, and it does the standard recipe-by-ingredients lookup as well, so in all it’s a one-stop shop for finding meals based on what you have and what cravings you’re looking to satisfy. Most of the recipes, I should add, look mighty tasty.”
“Doctors claim that fasting for up to 24 hours has its health perks: a lessened dependency on sugar, a smaller chance for diabetes, and lower blood pressure. The catch is that while you’re avoiding the food, you should still consume water during this partial fast. If fasting is not for you, limiting your calorie intake might work instead. The goal is to give your digestive system a rest and to prevent the creation of byproducts that the body doesn’t need.”
“Remove temptations. Go through your refrigerator and food pantry. Get rid of the cakes, ice cream, cookies, etc. When you go food shopping, make a conscious effort not to buy sweet good habit to get into is to take a walk instead of eating dessert. If, after 10 minutes, you still want sweets, gargle with an antiseptic mouthwash or brush your teeth. The aftertaste doesn’t mix well with sweets and you’ll probably lose your craving quickly. Or for a more dramatic altering of the taste sense, try getting Gymnema Sylvestre leaves and chewing a pinch of them thoroughly. In the following hour or two anything that is unsweetened will taste better than anything containing sugar.”
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