Are you losing the battle against chocolate? Do you crave specific foods at certain times of the month? Do you pig out on your favourite treats only to feel not only bloated but also guilty and disappointed in yourself?

Here’s some of the secrets me and my clients use to kick those nasty cravings to the kerb quickly and effectively:

1.    Ask yourself  “am I  really hungry”? Often that “hunger” feeling is a signal that you are thirsty. Drink at least 2 to 3 litres of clean water a day. Preferably filtered, or bottled.

2.    Distract yourself. If sitting on the couch at the same time every evening makes you think you need chocolate, avoid that couch as through habit it may have become an automatic trigger for that craving. Take yourself out of the situation for 30 minutes to an hour. Do something different like taking a bath, or going out for a walk in the fresh air.

3.    Avoid situations that can lead to cravings. Get rid of all crappy foods stored in your kitchen cupboards, avoid that trip to the supermarket or the petrol station shop on your way home from work. If you buy the stuff it’s because you are planning to have it. So, the old saying “out of sight, out of mind” really works here.

4.    Work out 3 to 4 times a week. For effective fat burning, go for intensity versus length. You can get an amazing workout in as little as 12 minutes. The trick is to really get out of breath. Exercise outdoors, as the extra oxygen, vitamin 3 and feel good endorphins produced when you do this will make you feel great. And when you feel great, you tend to make better decisions regarding food.

5.    Relax. Take a few slow and deep breaths. Most people are so stressed out that they breathe very shallow, therefore taking in little oxygen to the lungs, body and brain. This can also lead to cravings.

6.    Listen to your body. If you crave salty foods it could be a sign that you are lacking certain minerals and salts in your body. If you crave chocolate for example, your system could be low in magnesium or serotonin.

7.    Brush your teeth! Part of wanting to eat is the taste. Nothing tastes good straight after you’ve brushed your teeth and gargled.

8.    Choose a healthy substitute. If you want popcorn or crisps, go for Brazil nuts, almonds, pecan nuts… any nut except peanuts (they are not a nut, but a legume). If you are wondering about the portions, a fistfull will do. Avoid low fat or fat free versions of your favourite treats. They are often packed with sugar, aspartame and other carcinogenic chemicals.

9. If after doing all of this, you still have to have that bit of chocolate or whatever you crave, eat it while looking at yourself in the mirror. This technique works wonders with my clients, who often report it impossible to eat chocolate or cookies while looking at themselves in the mirror. I hear the words “disgusted”, “ridiculous” and “impossible” a lot!

10.     Get educated. There is so much information out there on what we should and shouldn’t eat, it can be overwhelming. Yet most of that information is issued by disinterested brands with huge marketing campaigns that couldn’t care less about your health. They are certainly not health experts. If you really want to reclaim your shape, you need nutrition education from a trustworthy source.

11.     Turn off your TV. Not only is TV loaded with food ads, but it also takes precious time you could spend doing something constructive and healthy, such as exercising, writing down your healthy food shopping list, or planning and preparing your meals for the week.

Try this tips out and let me know how well they work for you!

Soon, more tips on how you can quit overeating for good.


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  1. Jacqueline Mc Grath Sheehan says:

    Excellent tips

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