Sugar,Salt And Fat Cravings-globalpint

sugar,salt and fat cravings

Sugar, salt and fat cravings are for real. According to medicalnewstoday.com, they are caused by activity in the regions of the brain that are responsible for memory, pleasure and reward.

“An imbalance of hormones, such as leptin and serotonin, can … cause food cravings. It is also possible that food cravings are due to endorphins that are released into the body after someone has eaten, which mirrors an addiction. Emotions may also be involved in producing a food craving, especially if a person eats for comfort,” the site says.

Cravings can lead to weight gain and decline of general health. Thankfully, there are ways to disembark the trash food train. Here are some ideas for curbing cravings:

Drink water — Dehydration can send confusing signals to the mind and feel very similar to hunger. According to healthline.com, staying hydrated is a simple way to satiate the body and to reduce the sensation of cravings. Jazz water up a bit by adding lemon, fresh berries, mint leaves or cucumbers, which can make a glass of water feel like a pleasing little snack.

Reduce stress — Information at health.harvard.edu shows that since stress can promote hormone imbalance and emotional eating, reducing stress can help control cravings. Increasing physical activity, improving time management, deep breathing or medically-approved use of certain supplements like lemon balm or green tea can help to reduce stress levels.

Get your ZZZs — Like elevated stress levels, sleep deprivation can create hormone imbalance and lead to overeating and weight gain. A consistent and adequate sleep schedule can help bring hormones back into balance.

Chew gum — Chewing a stick of sugar free gum can provide a flavor burst and keep the mouth busy, satisfying the desire to be chewing or nibbling on something.

Change your routine — If you frequently stop at the drive-through for a cheeseburger or a hot fudge sundae on your way home from work, try taking a different route to break the habit.

Prepare food ahead of time — Busy schedules can make healthful eating a real challenge. Taking time in the morning, evening or on weekends to prepare reasonable servings of tasty snacks, loaded salads and main dishes for reheating can make a positive difference in diet.

For more information about controlling food cravings, visit sites like www.health.harvard.edu or www.mayoclinic.org.