One of the most trying things that most dieters struggle with at some point or another as they go about their plan is food cravings. Food cravings can definitely get the best of you and if you're not careful, could completely throw your diet off track.
Fortunately, if you understand how to combat food cravings, you can put a stop to them for good.
One of the best ways to stop food cravings from taking you away from your diet is to delay them. If you can stop yourself from gratifying yourself with your food cravings, you can gain better control over how they will impact you.
The longer you can wait before you give in, the easier it will be in the future to hold out as well.
Let's take a brief look at a few of the important tips to remember to help you delay your cravings.
If there's one good way to delay food cravings, getting busy is it. The minute you feel a food craving coming on, take action and go do another task.
Preferably try and get away from the room that the food craving occurred in (especially if it was the kitchen) so that you can get it out of your mind.
Get busy doing something else – whether it's running errands, calling a friend, or writing an email and see if that craving doesn't pass while you're doing so.
Drink Some Water
Second, another way to help combat food cravings, is to drink some water. Having a tall glass of water can get the 'taste' of that food out of your mouth and sometimes this is what is really needed to help stop the food craving in its tracks. Plus, if you're experiencing thirst and mistaking it for hunger, this can also remedy that problem as well.
Set A Timer
The third thing that you might consider doing to help combat food cravings is setting a timer to go off to mark the delay. Set it for ten minutes and if you still want to eat that food once it's up, then you can have at it.
Many people will find that after these ten minutes have passed, they actually don't want that food any more anyway.
Finally, last but not least, consider journaling. Journaling is a great way to get your thoughts and feelings down and to prevent yourself from giving in to temptation. Often the craving is due to emotional reasons, so the journaling can help you pinpoint this.
So there you have some fast and effective ways to delay your food cravings. Make sure you give each of these a try.