10 Tips to Reduce Cravings

Updated: Jul 25, 2021

What do you think when you hear someone say, “Honesty, I don’t really care about burgers or chips anymore. I’d rather have a salad”? Probably that they are either lying or aren’t human.

We get it – despite all your good intentions and attempts to stick to a healthy diet, you still find yourself craving junk food - biscuits, savouries, sugar etc. Cravings attack us from all angles.

You accidentally find some ice cream in the freezer and it’s gone in a flash, or the thought of the leftover dinner that kids didn't finish keeps you up at night. You get the insatiable urge for a quick sugar fix or a cheeky Big Mac with a side of nuggets.

We have all been there. Most of us live in an unhealthy food environment - whether it's the 24 hours McDonalds nearby, the office supply of sugary treats or the bombardment of unhealthy foods on constant promotion in supermarkets. We are literally surrounded by temptation, and we grow up eating all of these highly pleasurable yet unhealthy treats. And our brains are then condition to love it but our bodies not so much.

We’re caught between wanting and not wanting - throwing the chocolate bar into the bin and picking it out again half an hour later (yep, we’ve also been there too!). But there can be light at the end of the cravings tunnel if you follow some of the tips below and listen to your body once you've commenced Saxenda rather than feeding yourself out of habit.

So check out our Top 10 Tips to reduce your cravings for the bad foods.

1. Eat Enough Healthy Filling Food

Does that one seem obvious? Okay, but are you actually doing it? Oftentimes, trying to eat healthier and loading up on veggies goes hand in hand but how long does it take initially for the sugar cravings to kick in?

A proper diet requires a good amount of complex carbohydrates (e.g. healthy starches like whole grains or legumes, lots of carb-veggies like broccoli and some early morning naturally sugary carbs like fruit). They are all energising and give your stomach a sense of fullness for longer.

2. Focus on Nutrients, Vitamins & Water!

Most people just think in terms of “carbs, protein and fat”, but what about all the essential vitamins and minerals? Your cravings for chocolate or chips could actually stem from not eating enough green veggies, and in reality, your body is just longing for some magnesium or iron but it is muddling you to make you feel like you want sugar.

Think fruits, veggies, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Our in-house nutritionist also points to the possibility that your body may just be thirsty, especially when you’re craving moist junk food like cake or that tub of ice cream. Try drinking a glass of water or green tea and see if you feel fuller.

3. Remove unhealthy snacks from your shopping lists

The reason why we sometimes go for unhealthy food is simply due to it being available in the house. We can only eat what we buy and if you have frozen pizza and chocolate in the cupboard instead of healthy snacks, it's quite obvious what you're going to grab when peckish or in a rush.

4. Replace, Don’t Restrict

When you think of just not eating chocolate or chips ever again, what’s your immediate reaction? Panic? Desperation? OMG!?

When you’re confronted with having something taken away against your will, your brain might go crazy and want to protect you from starving (‘cause that’s what would happen when living without chocolate, right?).

The answer is finding healthier alternatives for your favourite junk food - s