Avoiding cravings… or listening to them… 🍫
We all have cravings for certain foods or drinks at certain times. It may be for chocolate, biscuits, cheese, toast, wine – etc, whatever it is it’s usually perceived as a “bad” food.
If you’re trying to lose fat/weight then when a chocolate craving hits you may avoid it at all costs. Why? because it’s “bad”. It’s not a snack packed with protein or fats, or vitamins or all those things we know we should be eating. It’s full of sugar (omg!) so it is definitely evil and must be avoided at all costs…..So you avoid it when you’re desperate for some at 3pm. But you spend the rest of the day thinking about it… By the time you’re back from work and have had your dinner the craving is so strong that you dive straight into the a giant bar and inhale it without even tasting it. Then you’ll feel guilty, probably fairly stuffed, uncomfy and miserable. You’ll also have taken in an extra 1920 cals.
Instead, if you really want some chocolate at 3pm – have it! You don’t need to earn it. You don’t need to justify it. Not every item of food you eat needs to be packed with vitamins, protein etc. If you have a balanced diet overall then it’s absolutely fine to have some foods in your diet that aren’t nutritionally great but that give you pleasure!
Chances are that in most cases if you enjoy that chocolate for your snack, factor it into your day’s calories, then you won’t feel the need to inhale a giant bar later that day. So instead of ending up gorging on 1920 cals of chocolate you will have had 240 cals of it when you wanted it.
So rather than creating rules about foods that are good or bad, try to view all foods as things you can have – in moderation.