How to Get Over Cravings, According to a Weight-Loss Expert


Adam Gilbert | Shape

One of the questions I’m asked most as a weight-loss coach: How do I get over cravings?

Before we even get into cravings, know this: Having a craving isn’t the same thing as being hungry. If your stomach is growling, you’re feeling lightheaded, or the idea of any food is appealing, you’re hungry for food. Try the broccoli test: If the idea of broccoli doesn’t seem appealing, then you’re probably having a craving. (And, FYI, there may be legit nutritional reasons behind your specific cravings.)

True cravings can quickly hijack your intentions of eating well. They can override your long-term, rational mind with thoughts like, “You deserve this!” or “Treat yourself!” or “It’s been a long day!” or “YOLO!”

First, know that cravings happen to everyone, they are normal and okay. You aren’t failing at your healthy eating goals because you’re craving pizza. But there are a few options to help you stay on track when the “I need a doughnut” thoughts creep in.

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