101 Lifestyle Choices That Make You Crave Bad Food (part 5)
by Court under Diet
55. Consuming a High Carbohydrate Diet
High carbohydrate diets are by far the worst diets for controlling your appetite and there are a lot of studies to back this up.
Of course, you don’t need to read studies for proof. If you have found this article, you probably already know. If you have a high carb diet, you probably find it impossible to feel full without eating a bunch of – that’s right – carbs.
Diets that are more balanced between proteins, fats, and carbs are definitely the way to go if you want to keep your cravings under control.
56. Not Eating Enough Fiber
Carbs without fiber = CRAVINGS. Foods high in fiber are more satisfying, control cravings, and are great for weight loss.
57. Not Eating Acidic Foods
Eating acidic foods such as grapefruit slows down gastric emptying and also can help to correct insulin resistance.
58. Not Eating Enough at Mealtimes
When you sit down for a meal, you should EAT. I’m not saying that you should eat everything in the house, but you should eat enough to cover you until your next meal.
When people are trying to get started on a weight loss program, they almost always ask what kinds of foods they can snack on. If you’re eating correctly, you shouldn’t really need to snack.
If you feel like you need to snack, it’s probably due to one of three things:
- You aren’t eating enough when you have your meals.
- You are completely addicted to carbs and sugars.
- You have psychological cravings for snacks.
59. Not Eating Enough Protein
Protein is by far the best macronutrient for controlling cravings. You should be eating some with every meal. If you aren’t, your craving engine is operating at a much higher level than it would be.
60. Not Discovering Your Trigger Foods
Some trigger foods don’t make a ton of sense. Peanut butter is a HUGE trigger food for me. I’m not sure why, but when I eat peanut butter I start to want sweet things. It must be a mental association with chocolate (peanut butter cups?) or something like that. Without question, peanut butter gets me excited for sweet food.
Identifying your triggers can really help you to control cravings. Shoot, I don’t even love peanut butter and I would much rather not eat it than eat a bunch of sugar I don’t want to eat.
61. Going More Than Five Hours Without Food
It’s simple biological survival. Your body needs food. If it doesn’t get it, it will try to make you eat it.
62. No-Fat or Low-Fat Dieting
Not eating fat is one of the most destructive things you can do to your body. Not only does it stimulate your appetite, it also messes with your sex hormones which can lead to further loss of body control.
63. Looking at Pictures of Tasty Food
It’s been scientifically proven that looking at tasty pictures of food increases hunger hormones.
64. Passing on Vegetables
Most vegetables are low on the glycemic index, which means they don’t abnormally raise your blood sugar. On top of that, they take up a lot of space in your stomach, helping you to feel full while consuming less calories.
65. Not Destroying Gifted Temptations
I guess this is where I have to admit to my friends and family that the treats they give me almost always end up in the garbage (I of course usually have a little). I really do appreciate the gesture but sorry guys – I don’t want you to decide what I put into my body.
If you keep the temptations around, your body will keep reminding you that they’re there.
66. Walking Down the Treats’ Isle in the Grocery Store
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