Three Easy Ways To Prevent and Suppress Cravings on a Low Carb Diet
If you've been on a low carb diet for
any amount of time, you have undoubtedly
felt the pangs of hunger that accompany
strong cravings. There are a number of
ways in which you can deal with these
cravings and mitigate them in the future; and
if you want to be successful on your
low carb diet, you will do exactly that.
In this article, I will outline three methods you
can use to suppress and prevent those cravings.
The first is very simple: if you want to suppress the
majority of your cravings, all you have to do is drink an
eight ounce glass of water and then wait. Most
low carb diets suggest that you drink
64 ounces of water each day. One of the
reasons for this is to suppress cravings for
water, which are often mistaken for food
No matter what your low carb diet is,
drinking a single glass of water when
you have cravings will prevent you
from eating without breaking your diet.
Another easy way to suppress cravings
is to fill your stomach with low calorie
foods. If your low carb diet allows it, you should
prepare leafy, green vegetables as a
snack--and eat them whenever you
have cravings. I suggest preparing lettuce
and cabbage, which you can consume to
your heart's content without really adding
any calories to your diet; conversely, if you
consume sweets in place of them, you could
be eating 1-2 meals' worth of calories.
This will give you the feeling of being "full"
because it will fill your stomach just as much
as calorie-rich foods would, but without all
The last way you can suppress your cravings
or prevent them before they happen is by
getting an adequate amount of sleep at night
or taking a nap during the day. An increasing
number of studies have shown that people
snack during the day as a natural response
to low levels of energy. If you're lacking
energy because you did not sleep, you may
end up turning to snacks to boost your blood
In summary: you can suppress your cravings
in three simple steps--drink more water,
get an adequate amount of sleep, and eat low-calorie
filler foods in place of snacks.
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