What is a craving?
Craving is that powerful desire that comes uncalled for and overtakes your senses with the urge to immediately acquire what you want. As humans, all of us are prone to cravings out of which the cravings for food is the strongest.
You look at a black forest pastry, suddenly you are overcome by the desire to eat it right then and there and before you can even validate your decision you see yourself swiftly picking it up and gobbling it. Now, that’s how cravings work. They aren’t uncontrollable and can be conquered with a little mind game. The next time you are hit with an insatiable urge to lunge for the favourite dish, let’s be ready to tackle it.
Why do cravings arise?
Cravings are normal, but the question at point is – how often do you crave? If they occur very often then it’s time ask yourself the questions and figure out, what can be the reason for cravings?
When you’re under pressure, the body is in search of a way to take a break and quickly relax whenever possible. It yearns for the comfort foods that are loaded with sugar and fat, and when you use food as a reflex for your mood your brain registers the reaction and thus repeats it in situations. Lack of sleep also adds to the stress that our body is subjected to. It is necessary to sleep well for giving our body the required rest to function efficiently.
Loss of appetite:
Our body requires at least a 1000 calories a day or avoiding important nutrients then that puts your body into the craving mode. It craves for carbs the highest amount of calorie provider and that adds the extra kilos to your body.
It’s true how they say that “old habits die hard”, once you put yourself in a routine it’s extremely difficult to get rid of it. Cravings can be a routine induced feeling as well. For example, nowadays our youngsters are in the habit of binge watching TV shows, they almost cannot watch it without food in hand. Once our mind becomes conditioned to this stimuli, it automatically expects and creates an urge for it by sending us signals in the form of cravings.
Ways to prevent those cravings:
1. Drink water
Sometimes we confuse thirst with hunger. If you feel a sudden urge to have for a specific food, try drinking a large glass of water and you might find that the urge fades away. Drinking water before meals may reduce cravings and appetite, as well as help with weight loss.
2. Avoid getting extremely hungry
Hunger is the biggest cause of our cravings. To avoid it, make sure you take your meals within regular intervals. Avoid staying hungry for a long time it can have an adverse effect on your health. Preferably plan your meals and stick to it regularly.
It is also extremely necessary to make sure that the food that you eat consists a proper balance of the necessary nutrients and doesn’t lack protein mainly, as protein intake can lessen your cravings majorly.
3. Tackle stress
Stress may induce food cravings. It is extremely essential to tackle stress as it not only influence eating behavior but it also affects the judicious functioning of your body and tires you out easily. Try to minimize stress in your environment by planning ahead, meditating and generally slowing down.
4. Control the craving
When you feel a craving, distance yourself from it. Try distracting yourself from the thoughts, keep yourself occupied (take a walk, shower, chew a gum etc) so that your mind concentrates more on the task that you are doing and is diverted from the pangs for food.
5. Sleep Properly
A study says that lack of sleep is linked as a reason to most of the disruptions that your body undergoes and yet is the most neglected issue as well. Your appetite is largely affected by hormones that fluctuate throughout the day. Sleep deprivation disrupts the fluctuations, and may lead to poor appetite and strong cravings. Hence it’s necessary to at least have a proper 6 hours of sleep for the system to be up and running.