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Food cravings and weight loss

Updated on August 26, 2017
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Weight Loss: Stop Food Cravings and Control Your Diet

Everybody knows the fact that a healthy diet and regular exercise helps in weight loss. However, many people fail to achieve the weight loss goal due to many reasons. One of the main reasons that derail most of the people from their weight loss goal is food cravings.

As per the health experts, almost all women and around 70% of men have food cravings. Most of the people crave for the foods that have a higher percentage of sugar, salt, fat and calories. Eating food items that have higher calories or sugar can definitely jeopardize the effort of losing weight. So, it is essential that you must fight food cravings in a smarter way to get success in your weight loss plans. The best way to stop the food craving is to understand what it is and how to control it to achieve the weight loss goal.

What is food craving?

Most of the people, especially women, blame their willpower for the food craving. But, willpower is not associated with any types of food cravings. Food craving is associated with the hormonal imbalance and inadequate nutrition. It is also related to the attempts of weight loss as the weight loss plans often causes physiological and metabolic imbalances. These imbalances result in mixed-up signals in the body, which results in food cravings.

When we are sad or tired the level of the blood sugar and serotonin drops. The serotonin is a neurotransmitter that makes us feel good when the level is higher. So, when the serotonin level drops, our mind sends a signal to pick-me-up that result in cravings for the simple carbohydrate and sugar because they release the burst of serotonin.

Most of the women experience the food craving for ice cream, chocolate, potato chops, French-fries and biscuits. And men crave for ice cream, burger, pizza and pasta. Cravings are sometimes good for the health as it signals that our body requires certain nutrient and promotes eating that nutrient-rich food. But, when a food craving becomes an addiction, then it leads to depress, obesity and eating disorder.

What triggers food cravings?

Broadly speaking, the food cravings can be caused due to the physiological factors such as bodily processes, mental processes, emotions and lifestyle. The cause of food cravings in every person is different, thus it is important to understand the causes of food cravings to find the accurate solution. Following is the possible known causes of food cravings in most of the people.

  • Weight Loss and Food Cravings

The human body requires a certain amount of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, mineral, and water to function properly. Some of the weight loss programs or plans require minimizing the consumption of carbohydrate, protein or fat. When you choose to minimize the consumption of any of the nutrients, your body sends a signal of deprivation of nutrients, which leads to cravings. In simple words, some weight loss programs cause metabolism imbalance that triggers food cravings.

  • Hormonal Imbalance and Food Cravings

In a study published in the 1994 issue of Physiology and Behavior, it has been concluded that women crave salty foods more during menstrual bleeding and ovulating. In addition, the low progesterone level also causes cravings as progesterone helps in regulating the blood-sugar level in the body. Serotonin is also a well-known hormone associated with the food cravings.

  • Adrenal Imbalance and Food Cravings

The adrenal imbalance results in the low output of cortisol hormone, which helps in maintaining the blood-sugar level and metabolic rate of the body. The imbalance in level of cortisol causes sugar cravings for a quick energy boost. In addition, adrenal imbalance or adrenal fatigue also triggers salt cravings as adrenal also helps in regulating electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium and sodium chloride in the body.

If you experience any of the above food cravings, there is a solution. A simple review of your lifestyle and diet plan can easily help you to reduce your cravings and achieve the weight loss goal.

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