Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

How to Curb Carbohydrate Cravings!

As a weight loss mentor it never ceases to amaze me how people inadvertently set themselves up for a huge snack attack mid afternoon. For many, the set up is so complete that it is almost impossible to control! The result is that people think they are weak-willed and lacking in discipline. Often the answer has little to do with character or determination. More often the reason for the mid afternoon carbohydrate cravings is due to gaps in understanding how our body works and responds to diferent types of food. Read on to see what you can do to control those mid afternoon cravings.

Trigger foods

If you want to control those cravings there are a few principles you must be aware of. The first is concerning trigger foods. Nutritional research has documented, carbohydrates trigger the brain to crave more carbohydrates, leading to a cycle of carbohydrate eating that becomes hard to control. Trigger foods keep you fat. The goal is to have control over these foods rather than allowing them to have control over you.

What do trigger foods look like? Well, they vary from person to person, but typically look like soft drinks, potato chips, corn chips, peanuts, french fries, cheese, pizza, chocolate chip cookies, pretzel, apple pie, candy bar and so on. These are the foods that for many, "once we pop, we can't stop!".

Isn't it amazing that all these types of foods are available from take-away places? They are so readily available and have crept into our daily routine without us even planning it to happen. We get hungry, we are busy, we are distracted, and one serve leads to another; and we don't realise just how much we are eating as the triggering effect takes place in our brains. By eating a small portion of any of the above you can easily consume anywhere from 350 to 1000 calories. Two serves could be 700 to 2000 calories! Most women on a weight loss program are aiming for between 1200-1400 calories a day, so you can see that one snack can seriously sabotage your plans. Does this sound like you? I can hear the deep sighs of regret and frustration! Don't worry, there are answers for you.

You can be empowered to take control when you know how to avoid the nutritional set up that will drive you towards trigger foods.

Here are a few simple principles that will deal a wounding blow to the late afternoon "snack monster".

Five steps to avoid carbohydrate cravings:

1. Incorporate protein in to your breakfast AND lunch. Protein is key to controlling carbohydrate cravings. The RDA of protein for women is 60 grams a day. For women wanting to lose weight, health professionals recommend approximately 100 grams of protein daily. Why? One of the principle advantages of protein is that it creates a feeling of fullness and satisfaction in the body that makes overeating much less likely. Source your protein from ultra lean sources so you don't pick up unwanted calories and saturated fats.

Even better, than providing a sense of sustained fullness, protein can block the triggering effect that carbohydrates can have on the brain. If you eat protein with a carbohydrate it will reduce the cravings caused by eating the carbohydrate.

2. Never skip meals. Research has shown that people who skip meals are more prone to obesity than those who regularly eat 3 meals a day. In fact, people who space their daily food requirements by making appropriate use of healthy snacks do even better. Why is this? When you skip meals you are more likely to get hungry and fill up on easily obtained fast foods which are often trigger foods.

3. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water throughout the day. For some people sugar laden soft drinks are a trigger food. Make sure you don't get thirsty in the first place. Water creates a sense of fullness and has a host of other health benefits.

4. Plan the timing of your meals so that you don't get hungry. Despite having three healthy meals a day, sometimes your work schedule can mean the spacing of those meals still does not guard against the carbohydrate cravings. If you have a long gap between meals, make sure you carry healthy snacks to cover the distance, otherwise hunger will set in

5. Plan your snacks. Plan out your weekly snack schedule with some delicious, healthy snacks. Purchase these with your weekly shopping so that you are fully prepared. If you need to, get up a few minutes earlier in the morning so you have time to prepare and take your snacks to work. Remember, healthy snacks don't live in a vending machine! You are less likely to get hungry when you have a ready supply of healthy snacks.

6. Carry emergency supplies of nutritional protein bars in your handbag or brief case. When you feel a carbohydrate craving, eat the protein bar instead and wait 30 minutes before acting on the craving. More often than not the craving will pass and you will be in control again. This truly works!

Incorporate these principles into your daily routine and you could be well underway to change your life and be able to take control over the mid afternoon 'snack attacks'.

(c) Copyright Kim Beardsmore

Kim is successful a weight loss coach who will cut through the diet-hype and help you reach your goal weight and never 'diet' again. No public 'weigh-ins', meetings that cost you money or fads...simply results you'll love. Get your f.ree body fat estimate:


Possible Weight-Loss Tool: Blocking Stomach A...
The technique is not approved for weight loss. But under an "investigational device exemption," the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted permission for a five-patient pilot study to see if the procedure could curtail blood flow to the stomach and ...

and more »

Tech Times

Weight Loss May Protect Against Knee Cartilage Degeneration
Tech Times
For a new study, the authors examined the relationship between the varying levels of weight loss and the development rate of knee cartilage degeneration among obese and overweight individuals. The experiment involved 506 participants enrolled in the ...
Weight Loss May Spare Knee Cartilage, Study F...WebMD
Weight Loss May Protect KneesUniversity Herald
UCSF Study Reveals Weight Loss Protects KneesUCSF Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging (blog)

all 57 news articles »

Weight Loss Surgery Needed Before Knee Replacement
So now Geisinger is leading a study looking at the benefits of patients having weight loss surgery first to make knee surgery possible, or maybe even prevent the need to replace that knee. Joanne Walsh's physical struggles are easy to see. One of her ...

PEOPLE StyleWatch

Wow! Wendy Williams Shows Off 50-Pound Weight Loss
Over Thanksgiving weekend, Williams donned a black one-piece on a beach in Bal Harbour, Fla., to flaunt her new slimmed-down figure. Several years ago, Williams underwent liposuction and a tummy tuck. She has credited her current weight-loss to eating ...
Wendy Williams, 51, Shows Off 50-Lb. Weight Loss in Sexy, Cleavage-Baring SwimsuitPEOPLE StyleWatch
Wendy Williams Shows Off 50-Pound Weight Loss in Black Swimsuit — See Her ...Us Weekly
Wendy Williams' extreme weight loss causes huge backlash (PHOTOS)

all 61 news articles »


Secrets Of Mariah Carey's '45 Pound' Weight Loss Revealed
Mariah Carey was all smiles at the 89th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade last week, and for good reason: The superstar singer debuted a brand new body! After recently moving in with billionaire boyfriend James Packer, the usually voluptuous mother ...
Mariah Carey's Extreme Weight Loss — See Her Transformation!In Touch Weekly
Mariah Carey, Wendy Williams Share Their Weight Loss SecretsThe Inquisitr
Mariah Carey Weight Loss: Singer Reportedly Drops 45 Pounds In Two
Closer Weekly
all 7 news articles »

Type 2 diabetes can be cured through weight loss, Newcastle University finds
The team is now planning a larger two year study involving 200 people with Glasgow University to check that the findings can be replicated and weight loss can be sustained for two years. In the UK, 64 per cent of adults are classed as being overweight, ...

and more »

Huffington Post

Fun Can Increase Weight Loss!
Huffington Post
Because after working with thousands of women for over a decade, I strongly believe that taking time OUT is a CRUCIAL step for long-term weight loss. If you're taking the approach of weight loss having to be all work and no FUN, you will resent the ...

EurekAlert (press release)

Survey finds 90 percent overlook key to weight loss
EurekAlert (press release)
A recent national survey of more than a thousand people commissioned by Orlando Health found that 31 percent of Americans think a lack of exercise is the biggest barrier to weight loss, followed by those who say it's what you eat (26%) and the cost of ...
Key to weight loss overlooked by 90 percent of Americans: SurveyBel Marra Health

all 8 news articles »

How to meet your perfect (weight loss) match
If there's one thing more difficult than dating, it's dieting. Whether you've hit a weight loss plateau, regained previously shed pounds or just want to lose a few, you've decided you're going to (finally) revamp your diet. But now what? Should you go ...

and more »

Know the pros and cons of weight loss medications
North Brunswick Sentinel
'By next summer, I'm going to lose some weight.” If you find yourself uttering these words, know this: many so-called “miracle” weight loss supplements and foods (including teas and coffees) don't live up to their claims. Worse, they can cause serious ...

Google News


Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright LLC. All rights reserved.