Are you a snacker? Ask most people about their greatest dieting challenge, and you will likely find all fingers pointing at snacks. How can a dieter keep snack cravings under wraps? Try these seven simple strategies to stave off those snacking urges.
Are you a snacker?
Many folks find mealtimes manageable, when it comes to counting calories, looking for low-fat foods and keeping track of eating. Portion control is fairly straightforward at the dining table.
However, ask most people about their greatest dieting challenge, and you will likely find all fingers pointing at snacks. Salty and crunchy, or sticky and sweet, snacks are usually the diet-busting culprit. Folks may face the most dramatic snacking urges while driving, traveling, watching television or even working.
Take a Bite Out of Snack Cravings.
How can a dieter keep snack cravings under wraps? Try these seven simple strategies to stave off those snacking urges.
Stop Snack Cravings by Brushing Your Teeth.
How often do you think the urge to snack might begin with a desire for a fresh taste in your mouth? Sometimes we pick up snacks, either salty or sweet, simply to eliminate an undesirable flavor that lingers on the palate.
Many snack cravings may be eliminated by brushing the teeth. Fresh-brushed teeth also provide a deterrent to snacking. After all, who wants to mess up a clean smile for the sake of a quick snack?
Stop Snack Cravings by Chewing Gum.
Successful snack stoppers trumpet the virtues of simple chewing gum (particularly sugarless gum) as a wonderful weapon against the need to nosh. If you a piece of flavored chewing gum into your mouth when you feel the urge to munch, you may just find you can wait until lunch.
Stop Snack Cravings by Drinking Water.
Ask any nutritionist. Frequently, when we think we are feeling a little bit hungry, our bodies may actually require rehydration more than nutrition. Usually, most people are more thirsty than hungry, and nearly all of us could stand to add more water to our daily intakes.
A fresh glass of water (or a refreshing bottle of water) can hit the spot quickly, satiating many cravings and filling us up. After 12 ounces of water, one might rethink the need for a snack – at least, for a while.
Stop Snack Cravings by Enjoying a Hot Beverage
Hot beverages can work wonders in quelling the urge to snack. Coffees and teas (herbal, decaffeinated or regular) are favorites for dieters. These warm beverages are ideal for creating a satisfying feeling of fullness, while adding a cozy comfort for those who enjoy them.
Clear broths, such as beef or chicken bouillon (though salty), also work well for quenching appetites and satisfying snack cravings.
The trick with hot beverages is simple. Those who wish to curb snack cravings simply select low-fat and low-calorie coffees, teas, bouillons or other beverages. Save the rich cocoas, lattes and chai teas for post-dieting rewards.
Stop Snack Cravings by Phoning a Friend.
Sometimes those snacking urges may be best quenched by a bit of moral support. How about telephoning a friend when you sense those snack cravings coming on? Taking a few minutes for a friendly conversation may offer an even more satisfying break than a quick crunchy or gooey treat.
Stop Snack Cravings by Taking a Walk.
Sedentary living can actually lead to increased snacking urges. Sitting still in a vehicle, working at a desk, reading in bed or watching television on the sofa are surefire snack craving trouble spots for many people.
Standing up and taking a walk around the block – or pedaling a bike for a quick spin – can be just the ticket for preventing snacking urges from gaining the upper hand. As a bonus, this easy distraction technique also leads to improved cardiovascular health, better fitness and the burning of additional calories.
Stop Snack Cravings by Taking Up Handiwork.
An old adage said, “Idle hands are the devil’s playthings.” For dieters, this can surely prove true.
Why not pick up cross-stitching, embroidery, knitting or needlepoint while you sit to watch television? If your hands are busy, you will be much less likely to snack.
Beat Snack Cravings … Seven Simple Ways.
These seven smart steps are proven strategies for stopping snack cravings in their tracks. Perhaps you have additional snacking urge cessation secrets. What tips might you offer those who wish to stop snacking so much?
For additional dieting and smart nutrition tips, be sure to read “Top 5 Worst Spots for Snacking,” by this AC writer.