Saying No to Food Cravings

Temptations abound for people who struggle to lose weight.  You are starting your vegetarian diet, for instance, when your friends invite you for a night on a diner serving nothing but juicy burgers and cheesy French fries.  Naturally, you would like to say no, but just thinking about those tempting food just make you want to call your friends anyway.

So what should you do to control your cravings from unhealthy food?  Here are some useful tips!

Feel in your gut if you are "really" hungry

Whenever you feel the urge to eat, you need to make sure that you really are hungry and not just having a desire to eat.  You are truly hungry if your stomach feels empty.  Meanwhile, if you are having the urge but without that grumbling feeling from your gut, try drinking a glass of water or listen to an upbeat song, then wait for 10 minutes until the hunger pangs are gone.  You could also distract yourself from having the desire to eat by talking to a friend, surfing the Internet, or doing other activities besides eating.

Give in a little

If you desperately miss your ice cream, have some, but learn when to stop indulging.  Whether it is a cup of ice cream, a small slice of cheesecake, or skinless fried chicken leg, it sometimes helps to give in to temptation for a bit.  Just make sure that you still maintain your calorie limit.

Make healthy foods so tempting to eat

Sometimes people complain that low-fat, low-calorie foods often end up as "low in taste."  The trick here is to make these foods delicious enough to make them just as tempting as a slice of pizza.  For instance, a cup of yogurt can be mixed with fruits or crushed vanilla wafers, or prepare your favorite dish using healthy ingredients like tofu pizza.

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