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  • Writer's pictureKym Campbell Hanson

Do you have a hard time with Cravings?

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

One of the questions I'm asked most as a weight-loss coach: How do I get over cravings?

Before we even get into cravings, know this: Having a craving isn't the same thing as being hungry.

If your stomach is growling, you are feeling lightheaded, or the idea of any food is appealing, you're hungry for food. Try the broccoli test: If the idea of broccoli does not seem appealing, then you're probably having a craving.

The types of foods that people crave are highly variable, but these are often processed junk foods that are high in sugar.

True cravings can quickly hijack your intentions of eating well.

First, know that cravings happen to everyone, they are normal and okay. You aren't failing at your healthy eating goals because you're craving pizza. But there are a few options to help you stay on track when the "I need a doughnut" thoughts creep in.

Keeping busy or being in your weekly routine will help, when you immerse yourself in something, there's no room for the craving thoughts to creep in, that's why it seems so much more difficult at night or on the weekends.

A much better alternative is to figure out why you're getting cravings in the first place.

Instead of asking yourself, "How do I get over this craving?" ask yourself, "Why am I craving this food?" Dealing with the root cause is critical to sustainable weight loss.

Next time you face a craving, ask yourself: "Is there something that's bothering me"?

What can I do about it"? Are you stressed, frustrated, overwhelmed, bored, or in need of a quick escape from whatever you're doing?

When you have an overwhelming desire to indulge, it's sometimes because something in your life feels overwhelming at the moment. Ultimately, cravings are a signal. It's a signal that something is bothering you.

If you address the underlying cause, you have a much better chance of making the behavioural change last. After all, you probably know what you should do if you want to lose weight-whether that's eating more vegetables, steering clear of processed foods, or getting active.

The real question is: Why can't you do it?

If you feel you need more support and help with combating cravings that are sabotaging your weight loss efforts, let's jump on a call and would love to share some tips and ideas that might help.

For more information heres the link Weight Loss BreakThrough Session

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