The obesity epidemic has soared and diabetes has spiraled out of control. The addiction to food that many people have is one of the biggest contributors to the worlds health crisis.
We can all follow the latest advice about living healthier by cutting calories, exercising more, keeping a food log, and reducing carbs. However, these tricks are not the solution to living a slim and healthy life for the long term.
The problem that many people have is an addiction to food. Some people just can’t quit eating chocolate, sugary snacks, chips, and candy. Once you start eating these addictive foods you crave more and more, as your weight rapidly expands.
We crave these horrible unhealthy foods because manufacturers make their foods with the right combination of ingredients that can addict us to their foods. It’s really not your fault if you or someone you love has these cravings.
One huge downfall to many people is low calorie sweeteners. They can mess up your metabolism and stimulate you to feel hungrier and hungrier, because foods that contain sweeteners do not fill you up.
There is a solution though. It’s something that everyone who has strong cravings for junk foods can use if they want to change and improve their health for the better.
You can not force anyone to change. This tip will only work if you want to change and become healthier. This tip is something I share with clients and have a lot of success with.
If you have constant cravings for unhealthy foods you can start reversing the process. You can either A: start slowly reducing your consumption of the food that you crave. Or B: You can completely quit eating the foods you crave and replace them with healthier alternatives.
A: When you’re starting to reduce your consumption of an unhealthy food you can follow this process. Let’s use diet soda as an example. If you drink 1 diet soda every single day you can start by drinking 1 diet soda every other day.
This way you will cut your consumption of diet soda in half, and see a dramatic improvement in your health rather quickly. Then the following week you can cut down your consumption of diet soda even further, until you’ve eliminated the craving and soda consumption.
B: Using the diet soda example again, you can completely quit drinking diet soda and substitute in carbonated water, which will help you move 1 step closer in the right direction. I also recommend clients to add lemon to their water too.
Both of these strategies work very well. Pick the strategy that works best for you. Once you start using this process you’ll start to notice your health improving. Food can be emotional and fill your stressful days with unhealthy comfort.
The goal is to remove food as a comfort and choose healthier whole foods that actually fill you up and nourish your body. Once you incorporate healthier whole foods, you will notice dramatic improvements in your health.
You’re emotions are so powerful. Once you can remove the addicting effect of food on your brain, then you can start living the healthier lifestyle you’ve been wanting. Remember, food is addicting and manipulating. It’s not your fault if you have cravings. You just need to work on your relationship with food and how you utilize it.
Do you have any food cravings? What foods do you crave the most? How have you been able to reduce your pesky food cravings in the past? Let us know in the comments section below.