A medical weight loss plan can be very effective, but no one says it’s easy all of the time. Yes, you might experience cravings as your eating style changes. And no, you don’t have to give up your favorite treats forever. But in order for your plan to be effective, you must learn to conquer cravings most of the time.
One way to do that is by recognizing the flavor your body is craving, and then offer it something that is satisfying but more acceptable for your eating plan. Sometimes a craving even means that your body needs a particular nutrient, so it’s good to recognize when that is happening. Either way, these four tips can help you indulge your cravings just a bit, while sticking to your medical weight loss plan.
Salty foods. Believe it or not, a craving for salt often means you’re dehydrated. So when this craving strikes, drink a glass or two of water first. If the urge for salty snacks persists, avoid packaged junk foods and opt for kale or seaweed chips instead (they’re actually very tasty). Of course, another choice is to simply add a bit more salt to your next meal.
Do keep in mind that some people must restrict salt intake due to a health condition such as high blood pressure. If you’re in that category, continue to follow your doctor’s advice.
Sweet treats. Sweets are probably the most common and frustrating cravings. Remember that many options such as yogurt, fruit, and whole grains can often alleviate this feeling. Even pumpkin or beets contain a bit of sugar and can make a meal more satisfying.
Sour snacks. If you tend to crave sour candies, reach for fruit or fermented foods instead.
Spicy meals. People who crave spicy foods are in luck. It’s relatively easy to simply add some chili peppers and spices to a healthy meal, such as stir-fried veggies, without adding any unnecessary calories. Have fun with this one!
If cravings tend to strike at a certain time of day, go ahead and plan your snacks around them using the above tips. That way, you can ward off those urges before they even start. If you have any other questions about your medical weight loss plan, call our office to schedule an appointment.