11 Ways to Stop Cravings for Unhealthy Foods and Sugar

11. Practice Mindful Eating

Mindful eating is about practicing mindfulness, a type of meditation, in relation to foods and eating.

It teaches you to develop awareness of your eating habits, emotions, hunger, cravings and physical sensations .

Mindful eating teaches you to distinguish between cravings and actual physical hunger. It helps you choose your response, instead of acting thoughtlessly or impulsively .

Eating mindfully involves being present while you eat, slowing down and chewing thoroughly. It is also important to avoid distractions, like the TV or your smartphone.

One 6-week study in binge eaters found that mindful eating reduced binge eating episodes from 4 to 1.5 per week. It also reduced the severity of each binge .

SUMMARY

Mindful eating is about learning to recognize the difference between cravings and actual hunger, helping you choose your response.

The bottom line

Cravings are very common. In fact, more than 50% of people experience cravings on a regular basis .

They play a major role in weight gain, food addiction and binge eating .

Being aware of your cravings and their triggers makes them much easier to avoid. It also makes it a lot easier to eat healthy and lose weight.

Following the tips on this list, such as eating more protein, planning your meals, and practicing mindfulness, may allow you to take charge next time cravings try to take over.