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How to stop cravings

How to stop cravings

In this article, we give you a few pieces of advice that you should keep in mind to keep yourself from munching on unnecessary calories.

If someone asked you “what is the biggest obstacle to your weight loss efforts?” what would your answer be? If you are like most people, you would respond with “craving.” Whether you are trying to lose weight or simply going for a healthier lifestyle, you are bound to crave unhealthy foods. And that is completely normal. Everywhere you look, you are tempted to consume junk food.

It is advertised on billboards, on television, in the supermarket, and even in your home or at someone else’s home when you go for a visit. So how are you expected to maintain focus on your goals and keep away from these temptations, when everywhere you are, there they are, too, begging you to have a taste?

Suppressing hunger: the key to stopping these urges is to first know why you have them. If you often find that you are hungry even if you are following a specific diet plan, it may be that that plan could use some adjustments. If the diet is too strict and does not allow you to snack, you will always feel hungry, which brings us to our second point.

Incorporating cravings/snacks into your diet: you cannot be expected to complete your day with only three meals. In fact, nutritionists advise that snacks are an important part of a healthy diet, as long as they are healthy as well. Go for snacks or cravings that are low in calories and high in nutritional value.

Make your cravings impossible to reach: if you keep good food in your house, then you allow yourself to only have good food. Simply don’t buy the foods that you crave in the first place. Then when you do have the urge, you will not find them and will have to settle for a healthier choice.

Author Info

Dr Nagi Safa

Dr Nagi Safa is a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeon (Weight-Loss Surgeon) at the Advanced BMI in Lebanon and at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, and holds an academic appointment at the University of Montreal. Furthermore, he is involved in the training of residents and surgical fellows on how to perform advanced laparoscopic obesity surgery. In 2010, he launched the Advanced Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (Advanced BMI) in Lebanon, and has been helping hundreds of patients from all over the Middle-East through his expertise in obesity surgery. Education: Dr Safa completed his residency training at the University of Montreal General Surgery Program. He then performed a fellowship in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and Minimal Invasive Surgery (Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery), at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, which is the largest Weight Loss Surgery center in the Montreal area, and one of the busiest in Canada. Experience: During his training, and throughout his practice, Dr Safa performed more than one thousand laparoscopic procedures, including Roux en Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding, gastric plication and many other abdominal surgery procedures. He has a particular interest in LaparoscopicRevisional Surgery including banding, bypass and sleeve. With a keen interest in the advancement of obesity surgery and newer minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr Safa gained experience in the single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), and offers Single Incision gastric banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery. Research: His current research interests include clinical outcomes from various bariatric surgery procedures and investigations on the impact of bariatric surgery on Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome X. Memberships: Dr Safa holds professional memberships with the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons, Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Association for Surgical Oncology, Quebec Medical Association, Trauma Association of Canada, Association Quebecoise de Chirurgie, International College of Surgeon, and the College des Medecins du Quebec.