For women, dieting can be turbulent at the best of times.
Throw in hormone hunger and intense craving and often, sticking to a healthy eating plan becomes a big challenge to face.
We’re no stranger to the trials and tribulations of dieting – We’re pretty sure most women have decided to eat a little better on one occasion or another.
Often, all it takes is a freshly baked brownie in the office, or a bag of chips next to the check out in the store, and next thing you know you’ve given in to temptation. From there, it could go even further downhill with an uncontrollable binge.
You see how things can very quickly get out of control? It’s ok, we’ve done it too.
So, with the intention of taking the edge off those cravings and helping our sisters out there prepare for the time of the month when they’re are in full swing, we’ve gathered four tips that’ll make resisting a whole lot easier.
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Check out our top five ways to take control of your cravings during a diet.
1 Eat more protein
This isn’t just for the guys. A high protein diet can offer so many benefits, and a key one is improved satiety aka fullness.
Protein makes you feel fuller for longer, so by regularly topping your body up with these handy amino acids in every meal and even at snack times, you shouldn’t feel as hungry between meals. With those pesky hunger pangs out of the way, you’re free to stick to your diet without the onset of cravings.
If that wasn’t good enough, a high protein diet promotes a lean physique, which means a more toned bod and less fat – it’s a must for any successful health kick.
2 Plan your snacks
We’ve all been hit by between-meal cravings. When it’s four in the afternoon and lunch seems like a distant memory – this is when you’re at your weakest and reach for the snack drawer.
Now this doesn’t have to be a bad thing, as long as the snack you’re reaching for is nutritious, delicious and complements your healthy eating plan. But how often do you just have a treat like this lying around?
If you haven’t planned your snacks in advance, you may find yourself going for something unhealthy more often than not, and before you know it you’ve got a full-blown diet crisis on your plate.
Instead, plan out exactly what you need to eat well in advance, so you have the perfect mid-afternoon treat waiting for you. This way you can feed those cravings, put a stop to hunger and keep it all 100% guilt free.
3 Drink plenty of water
We all know getting hydrated is key to staying healthy, but did you know that if you’re dehydrated, thirst can occasionally feel like a hunger craving.
So, make sure you’re getting enough H2O in your system and, when you get a hunger pang, drink a glass of water and wait for five minutes. You may find that the ‘hunger’ fades and you feel better pretty quickly.
4 Keep stress at bay
For women, stress can be a fast track to cravings and hitting up that snack cupboard for something sweet.
Research has specifically shown that women who are more stressed eat more calories and are affected by cravings more frequently than women who aren’t stressed .
Often, it’s easier said than done when it comes to lowering stress levels. But try meditating, taking a few ‘you’ moments when you’re feeling under pressure and hit the gym too.
5 Check out a natural appetite suppressant
You can also take a look at a natural appetite suppressant like glucomannan from the konjac root. This is a completely natural fiber that you can take as a food supplement. Once it hits your stomach, it expands slightly, which can make you feel fuller for longer and therefore keeps cravings at bay.
These are so effective that a huge range of premium weight management aids add them to their formulas to help keep cravings under control. For example, read this Hourglass review to find out how beneficial glucomannan can be.
With these handy tips on how to take control of your cravings, you’re firmly back in the driving seat of your diet.
Whether you’re affected by your period, or you simply turn to food for comfort on stressful days (I mean, who doesn’t?!) these handy tips should really help you to keep a handle on temptation and keep you on track with your diet.
Don’t beat yourself up if you go off the rails every once in a while – you’re only human and a treat every now and then can be beneficial. Simply try to plan it in so you know what you’re having and when and you can plan in when to stop.
But most importantly, try to enjoy eating a healthier diet and moving more because at the end of the day, staying in control of your cravings is all done with the intention of looking after your body.