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We've all been there — that hankering for something that's not-so-great for us gets in the way of our normally sensible diets. How to deal.
"OMG, work is insane. Ooh, are those homemade?"
Stress may raise levels of ghrelin, a hunger hormone, making high-fat foods extra alluring. Fight the urge by literally walking away. A change of scenery helps you hit the pause button on hankerings.
"I can't stop ordering takeout. It's all I want."
No wonder you've got the Chinese place on speed dial: Too much fast food can overload your body with O-6s, and the excess can make you yearn for more fatty fare. The easy fix: Eat some healthy food with O-3s, like fish!
"The news bums me out, then I want to eat."
Thinking about tough times can bring on the desire to self-soothe by chowing on calorie-dense eats, research suggests. Simply being aware that the 11 p.m. news turns you into a junk food-seeking zombie can help you mind what you put in your mouth. You'll also avoid bad news from the scale later.
"The pastry at the a.m. meeting is so tempting."
Skip breakfast and those Danishes will win every time. "When you're starving, your body craves comfort foods," says Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., author of Crave. Eat within an hour of waking (protein and healthy carbs and fat) to fend off a growling stomach.