Hunger cravings are the worst! Just when you think you’re making progress on your new weight loss program, the hunger cravings kick in… All it takes is one slip-up to send you right back to the beginning, more discouraged than before! But what if we gave you some helpful advice on how to overcome these cravings? Better yet… What if this advice worked?? Now you’re on your way to that new summer body! Keep on reading to learn how you can reduce your hunger cravings before, during, and after losing weight.
Causes of Food Cravings
Before you can successfully overcome any problem, it’s important to understand the root cause. We believe there are two key problem areas to consider when specifically addressing food cravings:
- Food Allergy Addictions – A hidden food allergy can create an addiction/craving cycle that never ends. 1 Each time the offending food is ingested, the individual becomes hungrier than before.
- Nutritional Deficiencies – Nutritional deficiencies play a part in cravings as well. For example, once researcher found that your body may crave salty foods when a calcium deficiency is present. 2 Keep in mind that your body requires macro minerals as well as many trace minerals and elements to function properly.
Curbing Those Cravings
Now that you have a better understanding of what can cause food cravings, let’s take a look at what can be done to prevent them. Food allergies can be difficult to diagnose. Many types of testing have proven to be somewhat unreliable. Perhaps the best and least expensive method of allergy testing is an elimination diet.
- Remove the suspected food(s) for two weeks or more.
- Note any improvement in your symptoms. It’s best to keep a journal or log of your symptoms and progress.
- Reintroduce each food, one at a time. Eat a generous amount of the suspected food during a meal or even by itself. Take note of any adverse reactions in the next couple of days.
- Be sure to wait about 1 week before reintroducing the next food if you are eliminating multiple foods at once. This way you don’t confuse two foods by introducing one while you are still experiencing adverse reactions from the other.
The results should be obvious. If you feel better when you are off certain foods and worse when you are eating them, then you have some kind of intolerance or allergy. Also take note of whether eating these foods in question increases your hunger and/or cravings. If you’re still not sure, repeat the steps above as many times as necessary to confirm.
So what about fixing nutritional deficiencies to help with food cravings? The best way to do this is to ensure you are getting the very best nutrition. However, the question remains: is it possible to get the very best nutrition from diet alone? The answer: not likely…
To prove our hypothesis we went shopping. We purchased all of the fresh fruits and vegetables in the food pyramid, put them in a blender and then took them to a commercial laboratory for analysis. Here is what we found:
- Many essential elements were not there at all.
- Of the ones that were there you would have to eat a rather large amount to get your minimum requirement. For instance:9.9 Pounds to get a minimum daily requirement of iron
12.57 Pounds for Calcium
8.8 Pounds for Zinc
6.94 Pounds for Phosphorus
4.4 Pounds for Copper
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Therefore, the best solution might be to find a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement that is easily absorbed. Remember that vitamins and minerals generally work together. Our customers seem to like our Liquid Multi-Vitamin and Complete Mind/Body System because they are available in an easily absorbed liquid format. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label and consult with us or your health care professional if you have any questions.
In the end successful weight loss comes from having a good understanding of your body. Two people may not gain weight for the same reasons. Therefore, it is likely that their individual strategies for successful weight loss will also differ. We hope this advice helps you curb your cravings and get back on track.
- Food Addiction, Food Allergy and Overweight. Stephen Levine, Ph. D. Springboard.
- Decode your food cravings. Bridget Doherty. Diet and Nutrition on MSNBC.com