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Conquer your food cravings

You have been working really hard to knock those extra pounds off your body. But your attempts get jeopardised each time you crave a delicious piece of gooey chocolate cake or a fried samosa. HT City gives you tips on how to keep your cravings in check.

india Updated: May 14, 2010 02:15 IST
Namya Sinha

You have been working really hard to knock those extra pounds off your body. But your attempts get jeopardised each time you crave a delicious piece of gooey chocolate cake or a fried samosa. HT City gives you tips on how to keep your cravings in check.

Keep healthy snacks at hand: Stock your office and kitchen drawers with food items which are healthy, oil free and low in calories. Some of the items that you can stock are roasted chana (black gram), multi-grain biscuits, dry fruits such as almonds, raisins.

Let it pass: The best way to get rid of craving is to try and let the time pass. Strong cravings do not last for more than a few minutes. Keep yourself distracted and try not to think about it. If you are still thinking about it after that time, then it’s best to have a small portion of the particular food. You might just overeat otherwise.

Replace sweets and sugar with fresh fruits: The fibre in fruits slows the absorption of sugars so you don’t get as high a sugar rush. Also a fruit has many nutrients than a piece of cake or mithai.

Brush your teeth: As soon as you start getting a craving, go and brush your teeth. It acts as a distraction and also the strong flavour of the toothpaste (like mint) gets your mind off food.

Get yourself tested:
If you have been constantly getting cravings for a particular type of food, then you might actually have a nutritional deficiency. Eating fruits, vegetables, fish, dry fruits and visit a nutritionist to get hold of your problem. A need to eat salty food might mean deficiency of chloride in the body.