Holidays like Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, Christmas and even birthdays bring with them chocolaty treats, making it is easy for you to add chocolate to your diet throughout the year. Eating an abundance chocolate leads to minor issues, such as unwanted weight gain, or serious health problems, such as diabetes. Eliminating obsessive cravings helps you control when you eat chocolate and how much of it you consume.
Eat an adequate amount of food and drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Keeping your stomach full prevents you from craving any kind of food, including chocolate.
Chew gum between meals. Results of a 2007 study by Glasgow Caledonian University indicate that chewing gum subdues your desire for sweet snacks, such as chocolate.
Eat healthy sweet snacks, such as fruits. Sweet fruits can replace chocolate in your diet. Consider slicing apples, oranges and other fruits and placing the slices inside an easily accessible container. This makes the fruit easy to get to and eat, similar to a small chocolate candy bar.
Exercise on a daily basis. A 2008 study by researchers at the University of Exeter found that activity as basic as a 15 minute walk reduces your craving for chocolates.
Make a strict monthly "chocolate budget" and stick to it. Limiting how much money you spend on chocolate keeps excess candy out of your home and thus, away from your mouth.
Spend money only on more expensive chocolate. This keeps you from overindulging on candies throughout a set period of time. This method is better than staying away from chocolate all together, as it's likely that quitting cold turkey will simply result in you eating more chocolate than before.
Keep any chocolate you have out of sight and, hopefully, out of mind. Leave the chocolate pieces inside their original wrappings, and place them inside of a solid-colored candy jar. Place the jar inside a cabinet. This keeps your eyes and mind off the chocolate, preventing unnecessary cravings.
Tips & Warnings
- Remember that, unless you were directed to completely stay away from chocolate by a health care specialist, there is nothing wrong with having some occasionally or even on a daily basis. The WebMD website suggests limiting consumption of such sweets to under 150 calories per day.
- "13 Ways to Fight Sugar Cravings"; WebMD; Wendy C. Fries; 13 Ways to Fight Sugar Cravings
- "Brisk Walk Could Help Chocoholics Stop Snacking"; Science Daily (Via University of Exeter); November 2008
- "Chewing Gum Found to Control Appetite"; The European Food Information Council; M. Hetherington and E. Boyland; 2007
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