Food Cravings...How to Cope When You're On a Diet

Food cravings can spell disaster for someone on a healthy diet. Sometimes you can trace your cravings to an emotional need or a hormonal impulse. Yes, it's true! Just look at chocolate...it increases our serotonin level and elevates mood when depressed. The other cause of cravings can come from an actual physical need for a specific nutrient. Whatever the source of your craving, there's hope...here are some helpful tips to try:


Enhance neurotransmitter activity through amino acids

These amino acids
    Tryptophan

    phenylalanine

    5-HTP(5-hydroxytryptophan)

    tyrosine

    gamma aminobutyric acid

taken through food or pill form, can increase the activity of serotonins and other neurotransmitters in your brain. As a result, cravings for sugar may disappear as well as other mood disorders that might cause you to overeat.

Take the right supplements

Increase your intake of high-quality vitamins and mineral supplements that affect mood and blood sugar levels.

Increase your essential fatty acid levels.

There is a correlation between high levels of the essential fatty acids and high levels of serotonin, the neurotransmitter that boosts your mood. For more information, see benefits of essential fatty acids.

Eat to match your metabolism

Everyone reacts to food differently. Some people can eat a lot and never gain weight. Some people can just look at food and gain weight. Figure out how your body reacts to food and alter your diet according to your personal biology. It will take time and effort but it's worth it.

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Establish positive lifestyle choices

Stress can cause all kinds of bad choices. Learn how to handle stress in a healthy way and you will learn to avoid food cravings and binge-eating.


Controlling your food cravings is the hardest part of sticking to a healthy diet plan. But with these helpful tips, you can at least learn to work with your body instead of struggling against it.
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