Eating bad carbs (refined sugars, processed flour) really makes you crave more of them, so the best way to reduce the carb cravings is to reduce your intake of those bad carbs. I know, easier said than done sometimes :)
One thing you can do is look for foods with lots of fiber in them, as that fiber will help you feel full.
You can also use water as a deterrent. Any time you catch yourself with a craving like that, make yourself drink two glasses of water and wait 10 minutes.
A big one for me too is that if it isn't there, I can't eat it. I can't let myself impulse buy cookies or chips or unhealthy things at the grocery store because if it is there when I get a craving, I will eat all of it. If I really want ice cream, I'll buy one of those tiny cups instead of picking up a box of treats or a half gallon of ice cream. Same thing works in reverse, if you have veggies cut up and ready to grab, it is easier to get those healthy snacks in.
If none of the previous posters ideas work, you can always do what I did.. try Atkins. I don't have cravings for carbs, or any food.
If you do, read up on it first though. Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution is no longer " new ", so you could probably pick up a copy at your local library. See if the description he talks about sounds like you, and what the diet entails.
Many people can't stick to low carb, but it WILL get rid of carb cravings.
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Define "problem with carbs" - carbs in and of themselves are not necessarily a problem. Our bodies prefer them for exercise fuel! The problem is that we tend to overdose on the wrong kinds.
So if you could provide more detail about what kind of problems you'r ehaving, and let us know what you're eating, we can provide more specific advice. Sharing your nutrition tracker is very helpful in these cases! We can see specifically what you're doing and provide specific advice on how to change it.
I start the day with protein usually. If I have carbs I will be craving carbs all day. I don't have as much of a problem if I have something after breakfast, but I almost always have problems if I have carbs for breakfast. Often I can have a piece of toast as long as I have something like a one egg omelet or a piece of meat (usually leftover chicken from the night before).
Start by replacing some carbs with whole grains. Once you have done this look for quick recipes that don't use whole grains. This is how I drastically cut down on my carbs. It may seem daunting at first, but after a while you control your carb intake instead of the carbs controlling you.
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HELP! I do believe that I have a problem with carbs. Didn't realize it until I started this week with Sparks. Now when I see the circle at the end of my nutrition tracker, I am amazed how many carbs that I am putting into my body!...any ideas?
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