Weight Loss Tricks: Stop Food Cravings
7 Distractions That Help Cut Cravings
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Whether you’ve fallen into an afternoon slump or you’re attempting to keep busy during a boring weekend at home, the urge to treat yourself to something sweet (or salty, or chewy, or crunchy) can be hard to resist, especially when images of food are everywhere. (Search: Why do we eat when we’re not hungry?) While you could set out to conceal every morsel of chocolate within a 5-mile radius, an easier way to battle the brain buzz is to change what goes on inside your head when a craving hits. "Sometimes we can't really control our thoughts. It's more a matter of how we react to them, rather than getting rid of them" says Sofia Rydin-Gray, PhD, a licensed psychologist and assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University Medical Center. Here, seven strategies that will help you channel your food fixations in ways that won’t make you gain.