Curbing the Carb Cravings

by Carey on 18/06/2013

carb cravings tips

If you’re trying to lose weight by cutting carbs, the one thing that likely stands in your way is those pesky cravings for precisely the foods you know you shouldn’t be eating. Fortunately, there are some tips that you can use to keep temptation under control and leave the bread, chips, and cookies in the pantry where they should be.

Give the following a try to kick those carb cravings right out the door:

• Give in every now and then – If you are trying to completely eliminate all of your favorite treats, then you’re setting yourself up to fail. If you cut out absolutely everything, then you’ll only find yourself binging later on. Instead, find out what your daily calorie intake should be, and assign one fifth of it to the “treat” of your choice. Whether it’s a small chocolate bar, a handful of jelly beans or a few chips, give yourself the treat your craving within the boundaries of a reasonable portion. By building this habit, you’ll find that you will have much greater self control.

• Trick your taste buds – when all you’re craving is something deep fried, then tell your taste buds that you’re giving in, even if you’re eating the faux version. Coat rings of onion or chicken tenders in egg whites. Dip in a mixture of whole wheat flower, panko breadcrumbs, and parmesan cheese. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes in a 450 degree oven on a pan that has been lightly coated in cooking spray. You’ll have a healthy, crispy treat, but with the same taste as if they were your diet’s worst enemy.

• Collect the evidence – every time you indulge in a sweet treat, add the wrapper to a clear jar. That way, you’ll always be able to see how much junk you’re actually eating. It’s far easier to measure when you can see the evidence than when you are simply trying to keep a mental tally.

• Boost the flavors – sometimes we think we feel hungry when it’s simply that we haven’t felt satisfied by the flavors of our meals. Make a conscious effort to add a variety of flavors to your meals with a great mix of veggies and the proper use of herbs and spices.

• Never forget your goal – if you’re still feeling tempted, remind yourself of your goal and visualize achieving it and what it will mean to you. This might be all the motivation you need to get past the struggle.

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