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3. Physical activity
Studies have shown that any physical activity, even something as simple as taking a walk, can reduce cravings and prevent you from overeating. One study showed that going for a 15-minute walk was all it took to eliminate cravings for chocolate among participants. Other forms of cardiovascular exercise release endorphins that stop cravings for a time. (It’s important to keep the type of exercise you’re doing in mind; resistance training with weights can actually have the opposite effect.)
4. Drink more water
Staying hydrated can have a strong influence in whether or not you experience cravings. Many times the feeling we’re trying to alleviate by eating is actually just thirst. Staying properly hydrated will prevent some cravings from ever occurring.
5. Plan your meals ahead of time
Try eating five or six smaller meals throughout the day. Schedule your eating in such a way that you won’t experience cravings for junk foods in the first place. When planning your meals, pick foods that provide plenty of nutrients and will keep you feeling full longer. Speaking of which …
6. Reduce stress in your life
Stress has all kinds of negative effects on your health, but it is also one of the prime triggers of cravings. Eating “comfort foods” is a common method of coping with stress. Chronic stress also increases your levels of cortisol, a hormone that contributes to weight gain and specifically to the accumulation of fat in the midsection.
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