3 Things You Can Do to Stop Carb Cravings Right Now
Carbs often cop a bad rap for being fattening and unhealthy, but most nutrition experts believe you can eat them and still lose weight. Of course, some carbs are better than others in terms of weight loss. (Spoiler: Your morning croissant and pizza dinner don't qualify.) But because we don't often find ourselves pining for plain steamed sweet potato, we need sometimes need help battling carb cravings. (Especially since balancing your blood sugar is key to a slimmer waistline.) The good news? Once you know why your body is screaming for straight sugar or high GI foods, you'll be better placed to shut them down.
Keep scrolling for 3 super-quick tricks to do just that.
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Cravings of any kind (as well as general "hunger") can actually be dehydration in disguise. Down a tall glass of H20 when you feel your sweet tooth kick in, and wait ten minutes to see if it passes. Water is considered a natural appetite suppressant, but if your craving stems from boredom or the desire for flavour as opposed to feelings of hunger, try an organic miso soup or green tea instead.
This simple tip is a craving killer learned from Sarah Wilson of I Quit Sugar fame—eat fat. Wilson opts for coconut oil, but you may find fibre-rich foods also high in fat (like avocado and macadamia nuts) boost satiety even more. A small serving is all you need to ward off hankerings for the sweet stuff.
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If drinking water, eating fat, and even this visualisation trick don't help, you might like to consider calling in the big guns. Enter: supportive supplements. Chromium is thought to help diminish carb cravings by balancing blood sugar. (NB. Low levels are believed to boost sugar lust.) The Swisse supplement above delivers a dose along with cinnamon, a spice with insulin-sensitising properties.