Cravings are nothing but the demon that stands between you and your fitness goals! Indeed, cravings happen to be one of the biggest obstacles that people struggle to overcome in their fitness journeys. Controlling cravings for fatty edibles or carbohydrates is especially difficult to overcome.
But don’t worry, it’s normal and achievable! If you find that you’re straying from your goals or your path to success because of your cravings, here are a few tips that could help! With these, you can finally beat them and see the results you’ve been striving for!
Change Your Can’ts to Won’ts
It sounds contradictory, but the last thing that you should do if you face cravings to stop yourself saying you can’t eat something. No matter what type of food it is, whether it is a chocolate bar, a bag of crisps, or even a Big Mac, you simply cannot tell yourself that you can no longer have that food without winding up craving it. It is psychological, yes, and it is powerful. If you must, you should rather say that you won’t eat it, not that you can’t. This might seem like the tiniest step, but your brain sees all the difference.
Count On Cardio
If you’re on the verge of giving in to your cravings, signs you’d be able to identify by now, grab your running shoes and hit the roads. Run far away from that temptation, folks! No, engaging in a 20 minute or 15-minute cardio session when cravings strike is a good way of shifting your focus from whatever it is that is tempting you. Plus, the cardio is something that will be a little something to help you get a little closer to your goals!
Drink, Drink, Drink
We all know that water makes us less thirsty. But many people don’t realize how it can make you less hungry as well. Most people mistake their body’s thirst signals for hunger signals. This means they’re eating and consuming more calories when all their bodies are asking for is water! Science supports through various studies that when people have cravings for unhealthy foods or cravings, they are often dehydrated. So if you make a habit of sipping on water all day and keeping your body hydrated, you’re less likely to have food cravings. And there are countless more benefits to drinking adequate amounts of water throughout the day. This includes a healthy body, a stronger immune system, glowing skin, better digestion, and so on!
Show Me the Money
So many people are motivated by the financial reward in things. If that sounds like you, you can apply it to your fitness goals too. Not sure how to link financial gains to fitness? It’s simple – knowing that healthy food options are cheaper than the unhealthy takeaways will encourage you to have a healthier option. Consider the price of your favorite take out. Multiply it by anything between 4 and 8 to represent you eating this take out once to twice a week. Look at the price you come to. Now compare it to substituting that take out with something like a can of tuna or a tub of cottage cheese. You will notice that the healthier option is helping you with your fitness goals and also saving you money, and thus it will help beat the cravings.
A Taste for Success
Before you eat anything, ask yourself if you would regret it later. More often than not, we give in to temptations without a thought and then regret it. Instead, you could start by thinking about how you’d feel about this later. Ask yourself what you want more a sculpted physique or eating those fries, or whatever it is. We can bet on it that the taste of success is far better than the taste of the food you’re craving to eat!
For some, it’s a cheese sandwich. For others, its McDonald’s, pizza, crisps, or ice cream. There has been a point in every single person’s life when they have stared temptation in the eye. Cravings are normal! Worry not, because if you happen to follow any or all of these tips, you’ll be cracking your goals in no time!