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Tricks to Beat Sugar and Junk Food Cravings

12 Easy Tricks That Will Help Banish Cravings

Don't beat yourself up over your indulgences — you deserve to treat yourself — just keep in mind that totally letting loose can't always be made up for at the gym. These 12 simple tricks are adjustments you can make every single day. Whether you're a sucker for sweets or you go wild for junk food, it is possible to manage your unhealthy eating habits. So keep these ideas tucked away, because you never know when they'll come in handy!

  1. Step away from the screen: Mindless snacking can be a bad habit. Instead of grabbing a snack while you work or watch TV, pay attention to your snack cravings. Are you eating just out of habit?
  2. Drink a glass of water: If you're feeling hunger pangs, first polish off a tall glass of H2O. The water will help fill up your stomach, helping you know if you're hungry or just dehydrated.
  3. Take a hike: A quick, brisk stroll will help your body reset.
  4. Don't deprive yourself: If you totally give up everything you desire, you'll set yourself up to crash. Allow yourself treats, just in moderation.
  5. Grab a healthy snack: Before you indulge in junk food or sweets, grab something healthy like an apple or a handful of nuts. You might be surprised by how satisfied you actually feel.
  6. Add a hint of mint: The strong scent of mint is a natural appetite suppressant, so stock up on this refreshing flavor.
  7. Brush your teeth: The simple act of brushing your teeth can help you quit snacking. Once your mouth feels squeaky clean, you'll be less tempted to reach for more bites.
  8. Chew gum: Keeping your mouth busy with gum can help distract you from your sweet and salty cravings.
  9. Be picky: If you're going to treat yourself, indulge in the best. Choose dark chocolate or other gourmet snacks; even a small piece will feel decadent.
  10. Keep a food diary: Writing down what you eat helps keep you accountable. If you know a pack of Cheez-Its is going on your list, you may be more likely to choose something else to snack on.
  11. Lighten up: Add healthy ingredients to your treats. Mix Greek yogurt into your guacamole for added protein in your chips and dip, or swap whole milk for almond milk in hot cocoa.
  12. Skip the sweeteners: Artificial sweeteners may actually cause more sweet cravings, so try to ditch them altogether.
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