Did you know that there have been scientific studies around food cravings? Did you also know that it is virtually impossible to “eat around a food craving”?
Believe it or not, if your body is craving something, the best clinical answer is – eat that food. You will do more harm than good by trying to avoid it. Studies have concluded that when there is a food craving, a person can eat up to three times as many calories trying to avoid eating the craved item.
Let’s look at it this way; you are craving chocolate, but you decide to substitute something else. You eat the substitute and do not feel satisfied, and you are still thinking about the chocolate. Now you go back to the fridge or pantry and eat something else. Nope, that didn’t work either. And so forth and so on. Instead, if your body desires chocolate, try to adopt habits that allow you to eat a small amount of what you are craving. If it is chocolate, try a small number of chocolate chips or a mini candy bar. This practice will settle your craving and keep the extra calories to a minimum. This practice may take some additional work to control serving sizes, but remember, this will help satisfy you and keep you from overeating up to three times as many calories!
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