The sight, sound, and smell of a food are enough to send you on a rollercoaster ride of intense cravings. And couple that with the fact that wedding stress has slowly, but surely, been creeping up the past few months and it’s likely that cravings are no longer an occasional presence but a daily norm.
Whether it’s chocolate and sweet one night, or salty and crunchy today, the stress from planning a wedding can send cravings skyrocketing. Unfortunately, your hard work planning a wedding doesn’t quite translate to a copious number of calories being burned to be able to indulge without taking a step back from your wedding goals.
Instead, the more you’re unable to manage and overcome these cravings, the more work you need to do to achieve the physique you desire.
Fortunately, there are a few simple strategies that may have a significant impact on your ability to manage whatever craving hits you today, tomorrow, or the next day. Applying these strategies may help you to save hundreds of calories each day, which may translate to more weight loss and looking and feeling how you always imagined you would on your wedding day.
Here are three simple strategies to help you crush cravings today!
Stop Craving And Start Moving
When a craving first hits, it’s imperative you act immediately to nip it in the bud. Failure to do so will only allow this urge to grow stronger. And before you know it, you’ll be waist-deep in peanut butter (things could be worse…)
The moment you experience the onset of a craving, start moving. By engaging in exercise, you shift the current state of blood flow in your body. At rest, nearly 80 percent of your blood flow may be direct to your stomach and GI tract. But when you start moving, blood flow is reduced from this area and shifted to your working muscles. This helps to alleviate any craving that existed.
Action: Complete three sets of 25 repetitions of your favorite bodyweight exercise. Consider jumping jacks, body-weight squats, push-ups, and mountain climbers.
Stop Craving And Start Chugging…Water
Chugging fluids may be the most powerful strategy to eliminate cravings at the expense of zero calories (and without actually indulging in the food you crave, of course). That’s because when you fill your stomach with food or fluid, the contents stretch your stomach and stimulate the nerve endings lining your stomach wall (known as stretch receptors). In turn, these stretch receptors send satiety signals to the brain, thus stopping all thoughts of whatever food you’ve been drooling over dead in their tracks.
Action: Chug – don’t sip – 12 – 16 ounces water immediately. Heck, we even recommend you push for 24 – 30 ounces. This will really stretch your stomach and turn you off from eating.
Stop Craving (Chocolate) And Start Eating (Vegetables)
Do you really enjoy raw vegetables?
We’re not talking about dipping carrots in Ranch dressing. We’re talking about straight-up raw, nothing added, bland as can be broccoli, cauliflower, etc.
Yeah, we didn’t think those foods would make your favorites list.
If you can’t seem to shake a craving, consider a handful of spinach, broccoli, parsnips, or any other raw vegetable. For one, the sheer taste is likely to turn-off any craving you had.
But even more, vegetables are rich in both water and fiber, so although you are eating a bit outside what your plan may call for, you’re using very-low-calorie foods that work to slow digestion and further promote fullness. And lastly, the intense act of chewing that will need to take place to eat said raw vegetables actually works to stimulate further satiety signals to your brain.
Action: If strategies one and two above don’t work, grab a handful of a raw vegetable you find to be just “okay” and eat slowly. Yes, at this point you’re indeed eating, but this is a far less calorie-expensive route than giving into a chocolate bar or handful of cookies.
But I’m Still Hungry…
When a craving hits, we suggest putting these strategies into action in the order presented. Hopefully, strategies one and two will be enough to rid that craving, but even if you do need to use strategy number three, you’re eating a minuscule number of calories, which won’t make or break your day or diet.
If for whatever reason you still can’t shake that feeling despite implementing the outlined strategies above, you may consider moving your next meal earlier. But more importantly, what you need to do, is reassess your nutrition, training, stress, and sleep and see if there’s a logical explanation for this unfounded feeling.
- Are you significantly undereating?
- Are you under-recovered?
- Are you sleep-deprived?
- Are you dehydrated?
- Are you stressed?
Each of the above factors will influence your cravings. Be mindful of the big picture to seek out the source of this craving so you can make a change for the better.
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