Fat makes food taste good, but as we know, too much of this good thing is decidedly bad. A new study has even found that some people may be wired genetically to crave a higher amount of fatty foods than those who lack the fat-craving gene variation.
Whether or not you're wired to crave fat, being more conscious of how much you are consuming can help you reduce those cravings. Take control of your taste buds with these three ways to beat fat cravings.
- Make a "Do Not Order" list: I love this tip from Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien: never order your favorite unhealthy food when dining out. Even when you have the best intentions, you risk overindulging by finishing an entire restaurant-sized order of fries or heaping pile of buttery mashed potatoes. Save those fatty can't-stop-eating-it treats for your next home-cooked meal; you'll be able to make substitutions and tweak the recipe to make it healthier, and practice portion control.
Read on for more tips for beating your fat cravings.
- Know your types of fats: Not all fats are created equal. Carefully watching what type of fat you eat can help you cut out and stop craving the bad stuff. Try to steer clear of anything with saturated fats (like butter or lard) and trans fats; both are bad for you because they can increase your risk of heart disease and other illnesses. Instead, opt for plant-based oils, foods high in omega-3s, or other polyunsaturated fats. Read our ideas for incorporating healthy fats into your diet here.
- Eat the real deal: Fat isn't evil, and it can definitely be delicious. Eating a small portion of a food that's high in fats can be far more satisfying than eating a low-fat light option, and if you're fully satisfied, you'll be less likely to reach for more. The USDA's Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, recommends that only about 20 to 35 percent of an adult's daily diet come from fats (although that percentage varies based on your individual diet and goals). And most of that should be the healthier polyunsaturated kind — only up to 10 percent of your fat intake should include saturated fats.