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Does Your Weight Loss Plan Cause Food Cravings?
Author: Lana Hampton
For your weight loss plan to be a weight loss success, it’s
absolutely critical that you understand the difference between
weight loss fad diets and safe, effective weight loss routines
that produce long-lasting weight loss results.
There are all sorts of weight loss programs out there that can
help you lose weight (not necessarily fat), but they are so
miserable that it's impossible to stay on them very long - even
more difficult is keeping the weight loss results you achieved.
The four characteristics for successful weight loss are:
1. The weight loss plan must avoid cravings
2. The weight loss plan must avoid hunger
3. The weight loss plan must include increasing your activity
4. It must be a weight loss plan you can live with for a
What are cravings? A craving is when your body pushes you to
want a particular food ingredient. This can occur even when you
are not hungry. When you finally give in and get the food, you
almost always binge, that is, eat more than you would have if
you did not have the cravings in the first place. For the most
part, you body is probably asking for water, but out of bad
habit you might turn to fatty fast foods to fill the gap.
What causes cravings? Your body needs 6 essential food
ingredients to function properly. They are carbohydrates, fats,
proteins, minerals, vitamins and water. If you deprive your body
of any of these, it will create the sensation that will drive
you to get it. The most easily identified example is when you
deprive your body of water. You develop thirst. Thirst is the
body's craving for water. Don’t turn to fast food, when all
your body is asking for is a big glass or two of fresh cool
water. Better still, don’t turn to a fad diet that restricts
you to eating one or two items only. This will only heighten
your body's need for other foods.
Weight loss plans that tell you to cut out particular foods
will always lead to cravings. It is this battle in your body to
give it what it needs that creates conditions of discomfort and
lead to most individuals ending the weight loss programs. There
is an area of the brain that controls what and how much you eat.
It is also responsible for creating cravings as a way for you to
provide the body what it needs.
So, what is the best way to avoid cravings? First and foremost,
the best way to avoid cravings is by eating all the required
food ingredients. The key is that in all of the food groups,
there are "good" types and "not so good" types of foods. You
need to know the good types and eat only those. For example,
with carbohydrates, good types (in general) are the ones with a
low glycemic index (GI). GI is a measure of how fast a food
increases the production of insulin. Insulin causes fat
buildup. Whole grains and vegetables have low GIs and therefore
are good for weight loss.
By understanding the weight loss concept of eating all of the
essential foods and dividing them into "good" and "not so good"
foods, you will avoid cravings and overeating.
About The Author: Lana Hampton is the publisher of "177 Fast
Weight Loss Tips" (http://www.177FastWeightLossTips.com ). Visit
http://WeightLossFantasy.com to subscribe to her free newsletter
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