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How to beat junk food cravings

Junk food cravings are the worst when you’re trying to avoid it. Since we help you avoid junk food, here is our list of top ways to avoid junk food cravings:

Water over sweets: Often you feel like something sweet after a meal. This is actually a signal from your body for water. Due to our habits of desserts after a meal, our brain interprets this as a need for more calories, and signals us to go for dessert. But if you just drink a tall glass of water instead, it helps you avoid those extra calories. Along with that, drinking water helps you improve hydration levels, which in turn help you burn more food for calories.

Eat cheese: When you’re craving a chocolate, go for a piece of low fat cheese instead. The protein helps you build muscle, the fat satiates your brain, the dairy helps you burn more fat, and the calcium helps you strengthen your bones. And you still want that dessert that makes you fat?

Distract yourself: Some times, your brain is just bored and you want to eat a snack to fill the boredom. Go for a quick walk, or play a game, read the news. Do anything that distracts your mind from eating. If in 10 minutes, you’re still hungry, then eat something :)

Green tea: Besides being a best weight loss drink, green tea helps you reduce food cravings also. So, sip on a cup of green tea, and do your body some benefit.

Go nuts: Almonds are a great snack. They’re loaded with antioxidants, protein, and healthy fat.

Got milk: Drink a glass of milk. Like cheese, it delivers a dose of protein, calcium and has much lower fat than cheese.

Find the veggie platter: When you’re at the party, see if you can find a veggie platter, and munch of those. Most veggies like cucumber, carrots, celery, bell pepper are negative calorie foods and are loaded with  nutrition.

Often our brains are wired from conditioning. You just need to break the conditioning. Its tough the first time. Only gets easier. Avoiding even 2 chocolate bars a week, can help you cut the calories. At 300 calories a bar, over a year, it can help you lose up to 5 kgs of weight.

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