Belly Fat Loss – 7 Simple Tips to Stop Cravings

Food cravings can hit us at anytime of the day and yet many people are unprepared to cope with them. Those who give in to their cravings and eat the wrong foods in excessive quantity often struggle with losing belly fat.

Here are 7 simple tips on how to stop food cravings for belly fat loss.

1. Eat lean protein with every meal

Lean protein has the highest thermic effect. It requires more calories to digest than carbohydrates and fats. By consuming protein with every meal, it creates satiety and suppresses appetite so you are less likely to feel hungry or develop cravings. Protein is an essential macronutrient for building and maintaining muscle. The amount of lean muscle you have determines your metabolism rate and how fast your body burns fat. Good sources of lean protein are poultry, fish and egg whites.

2. Don't skip breakfast

Skipping meals slows down the metabolism and causes blood sugar levels to drop. This can trigger cravings for sweets and binging.

Breakfast should be the biggest meal of the day. While you're asleep, your body utilises fuel from storage in the blood, liver and muscles. When you wake up, it's time to break the fast and replenish your body with nutrition from foods. For an energising breakfast, choose natural foods that contain unrefined carbohydrates and lean protein.

3. Avoid processed foods

Processed foods typically contain preservatives, artificial colours, flavours and sweeteners. The body recognises these man-made chemical additives as fake foods. They contain no nutrition and are less satisfying. As a result, the body craves for more food to fulfil its nutritional needs.

Beware of low calorie or low fat versions of foods. They tend to contain excessive sugar, high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweetener which causes blood sugar and insulin spike and stimulates cravings.

4. Raw nuts and seeds

These are packed with vitamins, protein and healthy fats. A handful of them are enough to overcome your craving and keep you satiated. You can eat them on their own or sprinkle them on your soup, salad, yogurt and oatmeal.

5. Avoid artificial sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are 200-600 times sweeter than sugar. They can increase your sweet tooth. The more you consume artificial sweeteners, the more likely you'll crave for sweet stuff. They also lead to fluctuation in blood sugar levels which results in sugar cravings. It's no wonder why some people have difficulty losing belly fat!

Artificial sweeteners are nothing but artificial chemicals. The better alternatives for sugar is raw honey or Stevia (natural sweetener made from a South American herb).

6. Limit alcohol intake

Alcohol prevents your body from burning fat and screws up the blood sugar levels which can lead to cravings. It is high in empty calories, low in nutrient (if any) and can easily be over consumed. Red wine is known for its antioxidant content. But fresh fruits are better sources of antioxidant and the high fiber helps to suppress appetite.

Giving up alcohol is the best choice but may not always be possible. For those who are into social drinking, limit your intake to no more than 1-2 drinks per day while staying within your daily calorie requirement.

7. No off limits foods in the house

Plan your grocery shopping list before you hit the supermarket. When you plan not to buy junk foods, you can't eat them when they are not in the house. Be sure to keep healthy snacks with you whether you are at home or on the go. These include raw nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables and nut butters. You want to be prepared to kill your cravings before they take control of you.

Although there are bad and good foods, you can't be too strict with your diet or else you set yourself up for failure. It's alright to have the occasional cheat meals (pizza, chocolate, ice cream, etc) as long as you are adhering to a compliance rate of 80-90% and eating natural foods most of the time. It's when you deprive yourself of the foods you can't have that causes you to develop cravings for them.

As you take control of your appetite and blood sugar levels, you'll be amazed how easy it is to lose belly fat.

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