Every one of us has a guilty pleasure, especially when it comes to food. Doughnuts, potato chips, chocolate, the list goes on. As great as they may taste, many of our favorite comfort foods may not be all that healthy for us. In fact, excessive consumption of some of these foods could cause some detrimental health defects and diseases.
It’s hard to blame the addiction to these foods, though. Most of these foods are processed with artificial sweeteners, which is why they are able to taste so good. However, these artificial ingredients can disrupt our metabolic responses to sugar, which inevitably signals our brains to continue eating.
Fortunately, there are proven ways to take over control of these cravings:
Whether you are looking to kick your junk food cravings, or simply to lose fat in general, intermittent fasting may be the answer. During intermittent fasting, you can train your body to burn fat as its main source of energy rather than sugar. Why is this beneficial? Because when you don’t burn out your body’s sugar storages, your body will crave it less.
Intermittent fasting is not about starving yourself. Surprisingly, it doesn’t even involve any specific foods. Rather, intermittent fasting is all about when you eat rather than what you eat. The best part? Intermittent fasting can be done in a variety of ways.
The entire concept behind intermittent fasting is for you to set aside a specific time period where you will consume all of your desired daily calories. It takes a majority of people anywhere between 8-12 hours for their bodies use energy strictly from their sugar storages. However, after the 8-12 hours, your body will start to produce its energy from fat instead. More energy from fat = more fat loss!
Once your body becomes more accustomed to using fat as a primary source of energy, it will start to drift away from immediately using sugar storages. This is the primary goal so that your sugar storages never run too low and you won’t feel any more cravings!
To learn more about intermittent fasting, check out our blog post about it!
Understand the Emotional Aspect of Your Food Cravings
Most people don’t know this, but emotions can have an astounding factor to an individual’s physical health. Many people who are uncomfortable about their body while trying to improve it fail to succeed in doing so. Plus, in order to comfort themselves, they most likely look towards their “comfort food” even though that may have been how the problem started in the first place.
So, the first step to solving this problem would be, of course, to identify your problem. It could be the food itself or the negative perspective about your body that triggers you to eat your comfort food…or both. If it’s the latter, attempting to change your perspective to a more positive mindset is the key. But we know that that can be easier said than done.
Unless you have an alternative way of overcoming this negative attitude, we highly recommend that you try and focus on your potential results instead. Results won’t ever show up overnight, but they do come quicker than expected if you truly commit to a healthier life.
Switch From Processed Foods To Unprocessed Whole Foods
One of the best ways to start taking care of your body is putting a complete stop to eating processed foods. Processed foods all contain artificial ingredients, refined sugars, preservatives and a whole bunch of other unnatural ingredients. Instead, aim to eat foods that are made from scratch using whole ingredients.
This switch will allow your body to depend less on sugar and more on fat as its primary source of fuel. The more energy created from fat, the less excess fat you’ll carry around with you! Additionally, increasing your fiber intake eliminating carbs completely from your diet can heavily reinforce the results you’ll make.