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How to Stop Carb Cravings

3 Ways to Beat Carb Cravings

It's hard to stick to a healthy diet when all you can think about are high-carb foods to snack on all day. To help you out, here are three ways to cut carb cravings from your daily routine.

Have a better option handy: The downfall for many good diet intentions is often behind the cabinet door. When you're ravenous, the full bag of potato chips or the slice of cake in the fridge is often the easiest option to choose. To steer yourself clear of temptations, have a few healthy, low-carb options ready when hunger strikes; cut-up vegetables and dip ready in the fridge, or make a batch of tuna salad to serve atop sliced cucumbers or tomato. Get more high-protein, low-carb snack ideas here.

Identify the craving: The more you eat crackers and chips, the more you'll crave them. This can be for many reasons; your taste buds may crave sweetness or saltiness, you like a snack with a bit of crunch, or you do it out of habit. Knowing why you're craving high-carb snacks can help you identify a way to fix the cravings. For example, if you know you like to snack on crunchy foods try jicama, kale chips or other low-calorie crunchy snacks may help nix your high-carb habit for good.

Replenish energy: Does an afternoon energy crash spur you to the kitchen for a leftover donut? Whether it's a sugar craving or a call to carbs, your overall energy could be the reason why you're craving carbs. If you feel an energy dip, choose something else that can help you feel more awake. A mug of green tea helps calm cravings, and a small square of dark chocolate can help you feel satisfied.

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