8 Ways to Control Your Cravings and Save Your Diet

Boost your weight loss plan with these tips to resist temptation.

By Paula Dranov from Reader's Digest | July 2006
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    1. Avoid Your Triggers

    'You crave what you eat, so if you switch what you're eating, you can weaken your old cravings and strengthen new ones,' says Marcia Pelchat, PhD, of the Monell Center. This can happen pretty fast. For five days, her study volunteers drank bland dietary-supplement beverages. During that time, they craved fewer of their trigger foods. By the end of the study, the volunteers actually wanted the supplements instead. The first few days are always the hardest, and you probably can't completely eliminate your old cravings. But the longer you avoid your trigger foods, the less likely you may be to want them. In fact, you'll probably begin to crave the foods you eat, a real bonus if you've switched to fresh fruit.

    2. Go Nuts

    Drink two glasses of water and eat an ounce of nuts (6 walnuts, 12 almonds or 20 peanuts). Within 20 minutes, this can extinguish your craving and dampen your appetite by changing your body chemistry, says Michael F. Roizen, MD.

    3. Let it Go

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    • Abbiemizera

      i’v been trying to lose weight my hole  life but nothing works this is my chance to finally stop being called fat and looked at every time i walk into a room  i mean i couldn’t even wear a short sleeve shirt without feeling like i needed to put on a winter coat to hide every inch of my body but now i would like to thank everyone who spent time trying to find the best way to lose weight so thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Abbiemizera

      i’v been trying to lose weight my hole  life but nothing works this is my chance to finally stop being called fat and looked at every time i walk into a room  i mean i couldn’t even wear a short sleeve shirt without feeling like i needed to put on a winter coat to hide every inch of my body but now i would like to thank everyone who spent time trying to find the best way to lose weight so thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!