Food craving is a very strong desire to eat a specific kind of food and they are hard to control. But, food cravings only last for several minutes. So, you can avoid them during the HCG through healthy coping mechanisms. Avoid the strong desire of wanting to eat junk foods by replacing your indulgences with healthy choices.
Most of the craving comes with a desire to eat something sweet. Cravings are the hindrances to reaching your weight loss goal. It is also a barrier to switching to a healthy lifestyle. So, ensure to manage them during the HCG diet. Cravings are a selective and non-selective desire towards a food. It is either to eat a certain kind of food or eat all kinds of food. One sure thing is that each craving causes too much eating.
Did you know that thirst can trigger cravings? Most people gain weight due to misinterpreting thirst as hunger. So, when you get hungry, drink a glass of water and wait for a while. Food cravings last for 20 minutes and if hunger persists, you can eat fruits or the permissible carbs on the HCG diet.
Thirst produces the same sensation as hunger. Sometimes you misunderstand thirst as food cravings. Listen to the signal of your body to prevent giving in to your cravings. Determine the triggers of cravings and avoid them to prevent them from reoccurring. You can also have a healthy and low-calorie go snack to avoid prolonging your hunger.
Dealing with intense cravings on the HCG Diet
- Replace your food indulgences with low-calorie and healthy foods to detoxify your body. It reduces the chemicals that trigger cravings in no time. Deal with cravings by increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. It increases satiety without causing energy crashes and binge-eating. Stick to the 500 calorie intake in the second phase of the HCG diet.
- Weigh your food choices before cooking to maintain proper portion sizes. Provide a food scale to assist you during the VLCD. Follow the protocol of the HCG diet to stop intense cravings and start to establish healthy eating habits. One way to counter cravings is not to think of them at all. Avoid eating sugary treats and refined carbs because they are the typical triggers of cravings.
- Maintain the HCG shots every day to suppress your appetite. The HCG will reset your metabolic rate and increase your energy. It also prevents muscle loss. It is better to administer your HCG injections in the morning to prevent hunger throughout the day. Cravings often occur during the VLCD but you can manage them through the combination of the VLCD and HCG shots.
- The occurrences of cravings are common during the first week of the HCG diet because your body is adjusting to the protocol. It will be gone as soon as the HCG spreads in your system. Ensure to administer the HCG during the VLCD to avoid fatigue and extreme hunger. Avoid eating foods that can trigger hunger or food cravings. You can overcome cravings as long as you have the will to lose weight.