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4 Ways to Stop to the Foods You Crave August 29, 2016

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4 Ways to Stop to the Foods You Crave, Watchung, New Jersey

Disarming Your Trigger Foods

Trigger foods are the foods that trigger you to overeat. Some dieters have multiple trigger foods while others may have only imageone. The usual suspects include candies, cookies, chips, ice cream and doughnuts, but your personal trigger food may very well be a favorite food like mac 'n cheese, subs, hamburgers or pizza. 

Being able to identify which foods stimulate your tendency to overeat is the first step to helping you take better control. Here are some tips to guide you: 

1. Know your trigger foods. Keeping a food diary will give you more awareness about your trigger-type foods. These are often the salty or sweet snacks that you can't stop eating, despite your level of hunger. Recording your food intake in a food diary will help you reflect on what foods trigger your overeating episodes. As the saying goes, "Once you can name them, you'll be able to tame them." 

2. Make your home a safe haven. Whether your trigger food is nuts, chips, cookies or ice cream, remove the "offender" from your home. It's not to say that you can never eat this food again; it's just that losing weight will be much easier for you if this food is not in your house. Successful weight losers know they need to make their home a safe haven if they want to experience less struggles at home. If other family members still want those foods around, make a deal with them to keep that food out of sight - and thus out of mind - either on a high shelf or in a container impossible to see through! 

3. Satisfy cravings in healthier ways. A smart dieter knows that deprivation can lead you to quickly abandon your healthy weight loss program. So as not to feel deprived, you need to plan for a healthier way to satisfy your craving for a sweet or salty treat. For example, if ice cream is your downfall, allow yourself to enjoy some freshly cut strawberries with a tablespoon or two of organic almond butter. Or if salty chips are your favorite, consider trying the 100-calorie snack pack of baked chips with some healthy salsa. The goal is to avoid buying the big bag or box of a trigger food and start learning to enjoy healthier versions in a moderate portion. 

4. Add water-based foods. Most trigger foods are energy dense, which means they have a lot of calories for their given weight. These high energy-dense foods are often dry foods that lack water. We know that eating water-based foods like soups, fruits, vegetables, whole grain dishes or oatmeal, fill you up faster and make you feel satisfied. If you can consciously pick a snack food that is wet, not dry, you can use this trick to keep your hunger at bay. For example, it may take lots of dry pretzels to fill you up, but eating some low-fat yogurt with cut-up fruit or a high-fiber cereal with nonfat milk should satisfy you more quickly. 

Hopefully these four tips will allow you to disarm your trigger foods so you can control them versus them controlling you. 

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