How To Reduce Food Cravings With A Low Carb, High Fat Diet.
Food cravings are one of the most difficult challenge we face when it comes to losing weight.
Most of the food people eat on a daily basis is produced in laboratories and in huge factories. They are packed with sugar, artificial flavors and colors. These same foods are created by food scientists. They are engineered to satisfy the taste buds, but not the nutritional requirements of the body. So this means we have strong cravings to eat as much of these artificial foods as possible.
So let learn about the three types of cravings. These are:
- Association Cravings
- Confused Cravings
- Accurate Cravings
Accurate cravings are when we genuinely need the exact thing we are craving. This is usually limited to cravings for simple, fresh foods. This is the best type of craving to have. For example, after you start drinking a glass of cherry juice daily for its joint pain and inflammation fighting benefits you will not only crave the all natural taste, but you’ll enjoy less pain and inflammation in your body and joints.
Association cravings occurs when we combine the cravings of one food and associate it with another food. For example, our bodies naturally need salt to survive, so it is a food source that’s a real salt craving. However, if you only want fries with salt, that is an association craving.
And finally, confused cravings are where you mix up a craving for a micro-nutrient with a craving for a whole food. For example, we need magnesium. But if in your diet diet, chocolate is the richest magnesium source, then you will crave chocolate.
There are many ways of fighting cravings, and many of them work. But one tried and tested way is a low carb, high fat diet. These diets work on multiple fronts to reduce food cravings and, when followed correctly, will help you understand and fight cravings to ensure you eat as healthy as possible.
You see, high carb foods like potato chips, French fries, etc. are foods where the more we eat of them, the more we crave them. This is because they feed our insulin cycles and are easy to store.
As we start eating these types of foods, this raises our blood sugar. When our blood sugar is too high, our body releases insulin. Our insulin moves the glucose in our blood into our fat and muscle cells. And this crash makes us hungry again. But as carbs are a fast, “rare” energy source, we crave them again.
Whereas sugar takes us for a satiety roller coaster, fat provides us the sort of slow and steady release that encourages more stable satiety. As we are already burning fat and ketones when we eat low carb, if we run out of fuel our bodies are much happier to use our own body fat. This results in a more stable appetite and fewer cravings.
The longer we go eating low carb, high fat, the more we fight the low satiety of high carbs and develop the full satiety of high fat. When we follow this diet we are essentially retraining our bodies to think of carbs as rare, complementary calorie sources, and fats as abundant, primary calorie sources.
Many of our richest sources of vital nutrients also come in carb form. This is not actually the natural way of things. The best nutrients for us are flavorless, acid, or bitter. But we often avoid these foods in favor of ones that taste milder or sweeter.
This means that reducing our carb intake will allow our bodies to develop new, healthy confused cravings for foods that are much richer in micronutrients. Avoid chocolates and have nuts for magnesium instead, eat non-sweet fruit, and before long you will crave these things, not candy bars.
Finally, eating fewer carbs fine-tunes us to our cravings, letting us know when they are accurate. If you eat high carb all the time, you will just crave carbs, without distinguishing between the different nutrients you need. You may even confuse thirst for wanting more carbs.
On the other hand, when you eat low carb you become more aware of the nuances of every food, and crave specific foods for their nutrients, not just their taste.