1. Distraction. Distract you in any way possible. Cravings for food often come on when you’re bored. Do anything to take your mind off food. Get out of the house, go for a walk, meet up with a friend, call someone or listen to music. Cravings typically only last for about ten minutes so you just have to distract yourself long enough to get through it.
2. Get Away If have family or friends around you that are eating, just get away from it. Removing yourself from the situation will ensure that you aren’t tempted to eat. This may mean that you’re missing some of time with your family or friends but once your cravings are under control, there’s no reason that you can’t rejoin them.
3. Destroy if there is food that is tempting you in your house, destroy it. Don’t just throw it away because if you get desperate enough, you could still get to it. Break it up, run water over it, do something so that there is no chance that you can consume it. You’ll feel better once the temptation is no longer there.
4. Water sometimes when we’re thirsty our body actually mistakes it for hunger, making you feel like you want to eat. Make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water. It will fill you up and if you make sure that the water is ice cold it will help stimulate your metabolism when it warms it to body temperature.
5. Brush. Brushing your teeth is a good way to stave off temptation. When you’ve brushed your teeth, you’re done with eating for the day. It can also trick your brain into thinking that something sweet has been ingested, making you forget about the initial craving.
6. Nap It might sound simple but it’s the ultimate distraction. You can’t be tempted to eat if you’re not conscious! Cravings will become more apparent when you’re tired, so making sure you’re well rested will help.
7. Avoid what tempts you the most. Avoid any foods that you know you can’t resist. The longer that you avoid the foods that trigger you, the less you’ll want them. If you pass an awesome bakery on the way to school or work, go a different way. Do whatever it takes to avoid temptation.
8. Mental Creating your own mantra can mentally empower you and renew your resolve. Something like “A minute on the lips, a lifetime on the hips” will remind yourself why you’re doing this.
9. Let It Go Stress is one of the biggest triggers for cravings. If you practice deep breathing or meditation, you could potentially be saving yourself from a few cravings through the day.
10. Wait It Out As mentioned in the first tip, cravings pass and they generally don’t last very long. Having the willpower to wait is out may be all that you need!