When you have a craving for anything it is usually a sign you’re just searching for a feeling, rather than the actual nutrients or calories in the food.
The difference between cravings and genuine appetite are cravings are: often emotional, you must have it NOW and you only crave 1 specific food e.g. Chocolate. If you are actually hungry then you will crave a greater variety of foods e.g. Steak & salad.
To take the most common example of ‘chocolate’ cravings, it is usually a hit of magnesium, sugar and serotonin you’re after, in which chocolate satisfies all 3…but if this becomes a habit then you’re likely to get a little softer around the edges.
If you’re soft enough or would like to lose some weight try satisfying these powerful cravings with brains instead of the unreliable will power.
- Magnesium: Have foods high in magnesium on hand, such as: A variety of nuts, leafy greens (with each meal) or even a magnesium supplement.
- Sugar: Fruit is the BEST form of natural sugar as it is sweet, from Mother Nature and has many other nutritional benefits.
- Serotonin: Aka the happy/relaxed hormone. Have a picture of your favourite people, holiday destination, youtube clip/song or relive a happy moment in your head. A 5-minute walk in the sunshine can also work wonders.
If all this fails and you just need a hit of chocolate the BBB app provides the BETTER and BEST version of every type and form of chocolate you can think of.
This way you can have your chocolate and lose weight too!