How do you stop your snack cravings when you’re feeling hungry? When you’re famished following a long day at work or school, or if you’ve been rushing around all day and haven’t had time to eat an adequate meal, you may just want to indulge on the first bag of junk you see. Unfortunately, this is not a healthy behavior, nor will it help you to lose weight or maintain your ideal weight.
We all snack every now and again, but it should not become habitual if we want to stay healthy. It can be difficult to avoid all the unhealthy snack foods that we often times crave, but it is possible. With these simple steps, you can avoid the temptation of unnecessary snacking. Don’t fall victim to the temptation of unhealthy eating!
Keep Track of What You Eat
It may sound silly, but create a food journal and write down everything that you eat each day. Although it may seem tedious to do, eventually you will get used to it. By keeping a detailed record of all the calories you take in, you will be very aware of what you are eating. You will be forced to remember that you had some chips earlier in the day. This can help influence you to eat something healthy later in the day.
Daydream About Your Cravings
Every once in a while it’s okay to day dream. If you are having an intense craving, let yourself daydream about it. Think about the way it looks, smells, feels and tastes. A recent study shows that by doing this, you can actually prevent yourself from eating the snack you are daydreaming about. This shouldn’t be a constant habit but every now and again it can help to curb your unhealthy cravings.
Make the Most Out of Your Meals
Take the time to savor each and every meal. Use healthy and fresh food items that taste delicious. Take the time to look up healthy recipes that use unprocessed ingredients. By having well-rounded healthy meals, you will be less apt to eat processed less-delicious junk food. Invite some friends or family over and make an occasion out of the meal.
Make Your Snacks Mini
If you absolutely must snack, then make sure that your snacks are small. Eat just a small portion of your snacks. Cut the normal size of your snack in half and you might appreciate it that much more. Not only will you be consuming less but you will be training your body to consume less unhealthy foods throughout the day. Cut that bowl of popcorn in half. Break off just a tiny piece of that candy bar and you will be that much more healthy.
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