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Austin Weight Loss Therapy

Diet Tips to Control Your Cravings

Have you ever been on a diet, going well and then a craving gets the better of you? You over-indulge in chocolate, ice cream or your favorite treat? You’re not alone. Cravings are one of the biggest things the lead to diet failure. However, don’t think you are weak because you have these cravings. Diet cravings are normal urges. What you need to do is try and prevent these urges.

  1. Cravings generally occur when you are hungry
    The easiest way to avoid cravings is to have regular meals and snacks throughout the day. Most people fall into the temptation of snacking when they are hungry. If you are not constantly hungry you will be far more likely not to give into your cravings.

  3. Increase your exercise
    Many people crave carbohydrates when they feel depressed. Serotonin is the chemical in the brain that makes us feel happy. When our brain is producing low amounts of serotonin we feel depressed. People who struggle with weight tend to use food to comfort themselves. Exercise releases serotonin and makes us feel happy, thus reducing the risk of cravings.

  5. Improve your self-esteem
    Our self esteem has something to do with cravings. When you don’t feel good about something in your life, this feeling can increase the strength of the craving. When you are feeling down use incantations to pick yourself up. Say “I like myself, I like myself.” Say it with meaning and feeling. Sounds crazy, but it works great.

  7. Increase your endorphins
    Sugar and fats are said to release reasonable amounts of endorphins. That’s why we crave them. However, we receive far more through exercise. The only sweet I would recommend in moderation is dark chocolate as it is loaded with anti-oxidants.


Austin weight loss therapist, Judith Sloan-Price specializes in weight loss therapy techniques. Email or call (512) 922-2256 to learn more or schedule an appointment.

Judith Sloan-Price, LCSW

Judith Sloan-Price, Austin LCSW
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Phone: (512) 922-2256
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6904 Fireoak Drive
Austin, Texas 78759