December 01, 2021
4 of the Best Ways to Curb Cravings
Giving into a craving is one of the sure-fire ways to derail a diet, but if this is you, don’t fret, as you’re not alone. One study found that nearly every woman (97%) and two-thirds of men (68%) report having food cravings.
One of the best ways to curb cravings is not by ignoring them but to have healthier options standing by than what you’re craving. In addition, certain foods can keep you feeling full longer and will reduce the cravings you have.
Center’s Healthcare is looking at four of the best ways to curb those cravings that might feel like a good idea at the time but leave us unfulfilled.
- Have Soup as a First Course
One study found that people who had a cup of soup before their main course consumed around 20% fewer calories in their overall meal. Find a low-calorie, low-sodium broth to use or have minestrone or a bean soup that is high in belly-filling fiber.
- Eat Fruit
Instead of a salty mid-afternoon snack, have some fruit. The natural sweetness will satisfy you while many options are loaded with fiber to leave your stomach satisfied as well. Great options include raspberries, apples, blueberries, and pears.
- Start Your Day Off With Healthy Protein
Aim for around 25 or 30 grams of protein at breakfast through the form of eggs, Greek yogurt, fish, or lean poultry like turkey sausage. If you’re one to wrap your protein in bread, choose a whole-grain option instead of white bread or a bagel.
- Keep Dark Chocolate in Case of Emergencies
If you’re having a chocolate craving that you can’t control, having dark chocolate that contains at least 70% cacao won’t send your blood sugar through the roof, is lower in calories, and also contains plenty of antioxidants.