OK so we have all these great ways on how to curb cravings but how can you tell if it's just a craving or if you're genuinely hungry? In the heat of the moment (say, just before you deep dive into a tub of chocolate cookie dough) it's not always that easy to determine which you're feeling, so ask yourself one simple question: Is it your mind talking or your stomach?
Still not sure, then use the little chart below to help you determine if you're genuinely hungry or just having a craving:
You are not physiologically hungry, just emotionally.
Only one food will alleviate your craving and the emotion intensifies the more you focus on it.
Cravings pass and go away if you give them time. Doing something else satisfies and distracts you and the craving usually disappears.
You are physically hungry and getting signals from your stomach (growls, pangs, or hollow feelings)
and your brain (fogginess, lack of concentration, headache, or fatigue).