Food cravings feel like the enemy of your weight loss plan. And they certainly do make things challenging! But there’s probably more going on inside you, than a simple craving for a favorite snack. If you’re experiencing persistent cravings, they are often a sign of a particular need, so pay attention! You can often address the craving without actually indulging in it.
If you’re craving…
Ice cream. You might be low on sleep. High-fat dairy products contain a substantial amount of tryptophan (yes, the infamous culprit of sleep-inducing Thanksgiving turkey dinners). Your body might simply be requesting some deep rest. Instead of indulging in the temptation, go to bed earlier or address any other sleep issues you’ve been having. Taking a nap during the day can also help ward off this particular craving.
Potato chips. You’re probably low on sodium, which is an essential electrolyte for many vital functions. On the other hand, too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure and other problems, so you don’t want to indulge in this craving too often. Keep in mind that you can also get sodium from foods like beets and leafy greens, so there’s no need to indulge in processed foods just because your body needs sodium.
Peanut butter. Perhaps you need more (healthy) fat in your diet. Those that contain omega-3 fatty acids help to protect your brain and nervous system health, aid in weight loss, and are good for your heart. But instead of indulging in peanut butter (which can be high in added sugars), add fatty fish, avocados, and olive oil to your diet.
Of course, it’s sometimes okay to indulge in a small portion of a food that you’re craving. But as you’re planning your weight loss diet, remember to consult with us regularly so that we can help you balance your food choices, learn about portion sizes, and deal with any challenges (like cravings) that you might be facing.