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Food cravings are the dieter’s worst enemy.

These are intense or uncontrollable desires for specific foods, stronger than normal hunger.

The types of foods that people crave are highly variable, but these are often processed junk foods that are high in sugar .

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11 Ways to Stop Cravings for Unhealthy Foods and Sugar

healthline.com

Drink water

If you feel a sudden urge for a specific food, try drinking a large glass of water and wait a few minutes. You may find that the craving fades away, because your body was actually just thirsty.

Furthermore, drinking plenty of water may have many health benefits . In middle-aged and older people, drinking water before meals can reduce appetite and help with weight loss.

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Divert your mind from food

When you feel a craving, try to distance yourself from it.

For example, you can take a brisk walk or a shower to shift your mind onto something else. A change in thought and environment may help stop the craving.

Some studies have also shown that chewing gum can help reduce appetite and cravings.

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Plan your meal

Planning your meals for the day or upcoming week eliminates spontaneity and uncertainty, both of which can cause cravings.

Hunger is one of the biggest reasons why we experience cravings.

To avoid getting extremely hungry, it may be a good idea to eat regularly and have healthy snacks close at hand.

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Sleep is a good option

Stress may induce food cravings and influence eating behaviors, especially for women.

Studies support this, showing that sleep-deprived people are up to 55% more likely to become obese, compared to people who get enough sleep.

For this reason, getting good sleep may be one of the most powerful ways to prevent cravings from showing up.

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