We all struggle with cravings from time to time. But when you’re following a medical weight loss plan, those pesky cravings suddenly seem ten times stronger. Whatever the reason for your urges, learning an effective way to curb them will become key to your success.
As it turns out, the best way to ward off cravings might also be the simplest: Simply, and quite literally, walk away from them! Recent research shows that going for a brisk, fifteen-minute walk was effective in helping chocolate cravers stave off the urge to indulge. Other research has shown this habit to be useful to smokers as well, so it’s likely that taking off for a quick stroll is effective at reducing cravings of all types.
If you can’t get outside for a walk, strolling around your office building can suffice. Others might find a treadmill to be helpful. But if you can, do head outdoors, because the exposure to sunlight can help to regulate your mood and ward off depression which are common triggers for cravings.
Even better, it can be helpful to keep a journal of your feelings as you proceed with your medical weight loss plan. You might begin to notice that certain situations tend to prompt cravings, such as stress, anxiety, boredom, loneliness, and so on. If you can identify those moments and then anticipate them, you’ll get a step ahead (pun intended) of your cravings.
For example, if you learn the work stress tends to trigger a craving, start by identifying the moments that contribute to your stress. When you begin to notice those events happening, go ahead and take a brief walk before your cravings strike.
And of course, we’re always here for you if you have any questions or need support for your medical weight loss plan. Give us a call, and we’ll schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns.