Well, if you can fit a bit into your day, try that. The other methods include -- ignore it; figure out if it's a misplaced craving for carbs, and have some (maybe a grain instead of just veggies and hummus); or if the craving hits at the same time every day, get involved in something inconsistent with eating at the time the craving usually hits.
Another thing that's worked for me is when the craving hits, I tell myself, if you're still craving it in an hour, you can have it. And then I go do something else, and usually the craving passes.
I think water has about a snowball's chance of ever curbing a chocolate craving. LOL. Sometimes a girl just has to have chocolate. What would happen if you planned to have exactly what you're craving in moderation on Saturday? Would you be satiated? I don't crave chocolate specifically that often, but I do know if there's something I'm dying for, it's best to find a way to have it. Otherwise, I run the risk of eating everything else ... and then eating what I'm craving, too. If one square of dark chocolate a day helps you, do that. If you think you'll be good for a while if you work out an extra 30 minutes on Saturday and then have a king-sized Nutrageous bar, then do that. The key is to take the power away from the food by having it on your terms. JMO
I prefer dark chocolate (90%+) anyways, so that helps somewhat. It just seems like I'm programmed to want chocolate all of a sudden, and my best efforts to squash the craving with water haven't got me anywhere. :)
I'm of the "everything in moderation" philosophy and haven't cut out anything, but sugar is something that is not needed every day. I used to have something sweet every day. When I started out on Weight Watchers, I was 250 lbs, and I had to make radical changes, but I make them slowly. I saved my sweet treats for the weekend, preferring the have the real thing every now and then over artificial every day. I found that if I had a sweet apple (Fuji, Pink Lady, Gala) that it would really help curb my sweet tooth. Then on Saturday, I'd get a low fat ice cream. I have weaned myself off the weekly ice cream and now just have it occasionally. But if you're craving something sweet, fruit is probably a better option than veggies with hummus.
I didn't want to get in the habit of having a low cal, low fat dessert every day because there's just no need for it, but if you need to have something small and can control portion size, I agree with the dark chocolate.
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I am pretty sure there are articles on SP about dealing with cravings. My guess is that you are hungry because of the workout. Here are a few suggestions from me:
1. Drink more water. This can help fill you up and some food cravings are actually water cravings in disguise. 2. Eat that dark chocolate! Just make it the really dark stuff, 85%+ cacao. 3. I use fat to fight a craving. Avocado is all fat and fiber. I really do believe that going over on fat when it is a good fat is better than going over on carbs via sugar. Your body will treat that healthy fat as a fuel source post workout. 4. Eat a little more BEFORE the workout. This might keep your body a little ahead and stave off the craving.
Ever since I started incorporating group exercise classes into my schedule regularly over the past three weeks, I've been suffering intense sugar cravings that hit right around 9:30 PM. So, usually 2-3 hours after the class ends.
I normally eat pretty healthily and I've never had a sweet tooth up to this point. I literally become something of a zombie, gripped by an intense need for dark chocolate, a doughnut, _something_. I'm not sure if this is a symptom of something common or something else. I don't recall it happening before when I was active.
I can eat celery and hummus, drink lots of vitamin-infused water or plain water, nibble on an orange or an apple or a handful of strawberries, pop a few almonds, and it doesn't do one bit of good. Like clockwork, the cravings show up and make it impossible to concentrate on anything but. I can lie wide awake at 2:00 AM, coveting something very sweet. I can't really ignore the symptoms. For what it's worth, I am not diabetic and I've had a history of fairly low sugar counts.
Any suggestions for what this is, and how to handle it?
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