Fight [Nb]The Cravings
Recruit your water bottle
Often cravings are a result of mild dehydration. When the urge to grab a snack starts pushing you around, put your water bottle on the front line. Drink one to two cups of water and wait a few minutes to see if the craving retreats.
Put chewing gum in your arsenal
A frequent reason cravings come calling is because we are conditioned to eat certain foods when we're stressed, tired or just bored. Pop a stick of gum in your mouth and chew on it to combat cravings.
Arm yourself with exercise
Win the war against cravings by heading them off at the pass with a workout. Whether you only have time for a brisk 10-minute walk through the neighborhood or enough time to break a hardcore sweat, get moving to get rid of those diet-defeating eating desires.
Call in the troops (your BFFs)
Gain a victory over your food cravings by calling your best gal pals to go to the gym (or the spa!) or just to give yourself something to do besides think about food. Redirecting your attention to things other than food will keep you from succumbing to a heavy load of empty calories.
Strategize with sleep
Believe it or not, your chronically sleep-deprived lifestyle puts you at risk of daily cravings. You're tired, more likely to be stressed, and your body is telling you that a heaping helping of sugar and fat is just what it needs to feel better. The truth is, however, you'll only feel better when your body is well-rested. A long-term solution to food cravings is getting eight or so hours of shut-eye every night.
Call a food truce
If the above tips don't work to defeat your food cravings, call a truce and eat a small serving of the food you're craving. The craving may try to convince you to eat that triple scoop ice cream cone, but it will readily settle for a single-scoop kiddie cone any day.