Here's How to Handle Food Cravings without Starving Yourself ...

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People think food cravings are all about willpower but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Food cravings are one of the most complicated parts of dieting and living a healthy lifestyle.2

I’d be lying if I said I never wanted to eat anything unhealthy.

But as a personal trainer and nutrition guru, over the years I’ve learned how to manage my cravings and channel them into healthier habits.

Check out my simple seven steps to handling food cravings—no obsessing or starvation required!

1. Figure out What You’re Craving Exactly

Often the hardest part of a craving is to figure out what you’re specifically craving.

When your cravings hit, do you go for sugar or salt?

Creamy or crunchy?

Once you figure out what you’re specifically craving (whether it’s pizza, ice cream, or ice cream topped pizza), you’ll have a much easier time pinpointing what you really want.

Remember, there is nothing wrong with sitting with your hunger/craving until you figure out exactly what you want to eat.

2. Are You Eating out of True Hunger? or Another Emotion?

This brings me to my next point.

Is your craving out of hunger?

Or are you craving food because of another emotion?

If you can’t pinpoint your craving down to a specific food, chances are you’re just hungry and it’s time for a healthy meal!2

But sometimes we crave food when we’re bored, stressed, upset, or even happy.

Figuring out what triggers your cravings is important when learning how to manage them.2

3. Are You the Kind of Person That Can Handle ‘Cheat Meals’?

I ask this question because some people simply can’t handle cravings or cheat meals that involve foods they’ve been craving.

I am actually one of those people.

Cheat meals and meals involving foods that I crave usually happen for just one meal.

For some people, a cheat meal can turn into a cheat day or even a cheat week.

Be honest when asking yourself if you can handle working these foods into your diet.

Some people can and some people can’t, and either choice is totally okay!

Indulge in Your Craving at Specific Times, like Holidays or Special Events
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