What happens when cravings collide with your diet? Which one wins out?
Maybe it doesn't take much to push you over the edge. What to do?
Face every dieting day armed with a plan for cravings. You probably don't know when a craving will hit, so the best thing is to have a little plan up your sleeve, one you can whip out on a moments' notice. That's the way to make sure a craving doesn't rise up high enough to overwhelm you.
There are many different ways to cope with a craving.
- You can try to ride out the craving without giving in, until it naturally recedes.
- You can have on-the-spot ways to divert your attention away from the craving to something else.
- You can decide to have a very small bite of what you are craving.
- You can give in to the craving, but have a foolproof method of getting right back on your diet immediately afterward.
- You can engage in a meaningful conversation with a helpful person, try to determine why you are having this craving at this time, and see if there's something else to do that will satisfy you.
These are just a few of the methods you can base your "cravings plan" on. There is no one-way to devise such a plan. See what you think will work for you, and then have it ready to use when the unexpected craving hits. Don't wait until that moment to figure out what to do. Act preemptively to keep your diet intact.