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6 Things That Control Unhealthy Food Cravings

SIX TIPS TO AVOID THE UNHEALTHY FOODS YOU CRAVE

Can you imagine walking pass a plate of fudge or a bowl of chips without giving them a second glance? Here are some of the best strategies that have worked for my fitness clients in Jacksonville you should consider.

TIP # 1 CHEW GUM OR CELERY

A recent Louisiana State University study funded by Wrigley found that people who chewed the company's sugar-free Extra chewing gum between meals ate fewer high-calorie snacks. Wrigley claims on its website that two other studies back up this research on the appetite suppressant effect of chewing gum. Despite the dubious credibility of an industry funded study, my own personal experience supports that chewing gum relieves stress, one of the key motivators for snacking, and that while I am chewing gum (and for a short period afterward) the idea of food does not appeal to most people.

TIP #2 EAT MORE PROTEIN

One reason low-carb diets work so well could be that they require dieters to eat more appetite suppressing protein, according to a University of Washington School of Medicine study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Foods such as turkey slices, string cheese, hard-boiled eggs and almonds are great sources of healthy appetite suppressing protein.

TIP #3 EAT FOODS THAT MASK YOUR TASTE BUDS

You don't need a Ph.D. to realize that when you eat a pickle or grapefruit, the idea of eating a chocolate chip cookie is about as appealing as eating dog poo. Your taste buds are taken hostage by the overpowering flavors of these foods. In addition to consuming strong-flavored foods, you can reduce food cravings by brushing your teeth. You will not want to ruin that minty fresh feeling in your mouth with something cloyingly sweet, like chocolate.

TIP #4 GET MORE SLEEP

The hunger stimulating hormone ghrelin increases when you are sleep deprived. So, the next time you're hungry, head for your pillow instead of the refrigerator and catch a few extra zzz's.

TIP #5 EXERCISE 60 MINUTES 4 TIMES A WEEK

A study published in The American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology found that a vigorous 60-minute workout decreased the amount of the appetite stimulating hormone in the body. As a practical matter, it's also hard to eat and do burpee’s at the same time.

TIP #6 EXERCISE ALWAYS HAVE HEALTHY SNACKS WITH YOU.

Keep healthy snacks with you, it will prevent you from being hungry... this will cut down on your cravings.

Sources:
Dr. Fitness
Natural Appetite Suppressants for Safe, Effective Weight Loss by Mike Adams and Dani Veracity

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http://www.worldhealth.net/news/high-protein_diets_curb_appetite
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