The best way to handle food cravings on a diet is to give in just a little but not too much. When it comes to stopping an intense food craving, it’s best to have a strategy in place.
People who are on the HCG diet, which requires dieters only consume 500 calories a day, often face serious temptations for various foods. Cheating on the HCG diet can mean wasting a lot of money spent on injections or drops.
To aid HCG dieters, there are low-calorie products such as Tofu Shirataki noodles and Pasta Slim, which contain only about 20 calories per serving. Although I don’t recommend the HCG diet, I do recommend being smart about giving into a craving by choosing low-calorie options that mimic the real thing.
The Cook Yourself Thin cookbook has a lot of great ideas for turning fattening cravings into recipes for low-calorie and low-fat comfort foods.
What do you crave?
Pizza is a common diet downfall food for a lot of people. There are several ways that you can give in a little to your pizza craving, for example, but not too much. You can use portion control if you aren’t on a low-carb diet. For those on a low carb or carb-timing diet, eat only the cheese, sauce and toppings.
People who want to only eat clean could make their own healthy mini-pizza using much healthier ingredients and toppings.
Here are 4 ways to handle cravings with the “eat this, not that” approach to dieting:
No. 1: How to stop cheating on your diet when your family orders pizza:
Eat this: Homemade pizza using sprouted grain tortilla, sauce, cheese and vegetable toppings.
Not that: Deep dish pepperoni pizza
No. 2: How to say on track with your diet when everyone is eating dessert:
Eat this: Homemade mini cheese cakes or other sugar-free desserts using Truvia or other stevia sweetener. Or heat up fruit marinated in lemon and sprinkled with cinnamon.
Not that: TripleChocolate brownies or apple pie.
No. 3: How to handle ice cream cravings on a diet:
Eat this: Fit Smart Shake, Spiru-Tein shake in any flavor or an Almased soy-based smoothie. Add bananas, yogurt, natural peanut butter or soy nut butter or berries for a satisfying “milk shake.”
Not that: Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers chocolate chip cookie dough or Dairy Queen Reese’s Peanut Butter Cake.
No. 4: Techniques for not giving into temptation when you want chocolate:
Eat this: Attune bars, which contain healthy probiotics for digestion or Dove peanut butter chocolate promises, which are small and help with portion control.
Not that: Chocolate bars.
If your downfall is salty foods, try something satisfying but salty such as baked chips or Snapea instead of full-fat chips.
Try new health products at the store to find your favorite craving substitution foods. You will know you found the best diet products when you feel like you are cheating on a diet when you are actually being good.
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