Switch to healthy, whole foods. If your diet is heavy in processed or fast foods, your body will want more of the same. When you start to incorporate more whole, unprocessed foods like fruits and vegetables, you naturally train your body to prefer healthier options. In addition, whole foods supply protein and fiber, which help you feel full longer.
Learn what triggers your cravings. Are you really hungry, or are you feeling stressed, bored or down in the dumps? Many food cravings are emotional. When you’re feeling down or stressed, try taking a long walk or calling a friend instead of grabbing an unhealthy snack.
Carry a healthy snack with you at all times. Sugar and starch cravings result from a drop in blood glucose. Don’t get caught at work or in school with only the nearest vending machine as an option. Bring along a serving of raw almonds or walnuts for a mid-morning protein boost, or an orange or some dried fruit for a hit of sugar in the afternoon.
Make healthy substitutions. Chocolate is the most common of all food cravings, and it has highly addictive qualities. When you’ve got to have chocolate, choose an ounce of the dark variety over a milk chocolate candy bar or piece of Mississippi Mud cake. Dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa not only dulls your craving, but contains naturally occurring compounds called flavanols that can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
Indulge sometimes. You can occasionally give in to your cravings, in moderation. Eat just a small cookie or a few bites of cake. If you allow yourself the foods you love in small doses every once in a while, you reduce your chances of binging.
And most important, exercise on a regular basis. Change your routine often and keep it interesting. Incorporate sports or exercise with friends to keep it fun and compelling.
25, 20, 15, 10, 5 Reps of the following:
- Deep Squats with weight
- Lunges from a bench with weights – Left leg
- Lunges from a bench with weights – Right leg
- Right Leg dead lift
- Left Leg dead lift
- Regular dead lifts
- Overhead press
- Chest flies
3 rounds of the following 30 reps each
- Russian Twists
- Left Leg Swing Sit Ups
- Right Leg Swing Sit Ups