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Ideally, you want to get to a place where it’s not just that you don’t eat crappy foods, but that you don’t want to eat them, either This way you’re much less likely to be susceptible to food cravings for sugary, salty, and fatty foods. A diet without the ups and downs of food cravings is no longer a diet, it’s a way of eating. Here’s how to stop crappy food cravings.

5 Ways to Stop Crappy Food Cravings

1. Focus on whole foods.

Don’t focus so much of cutting out entire food groups, but rather, cut out all processed foods. Enjoy potato chips once in while, when you make them from scratch. Snack on a homemade chocolate chip cookie once in a while, too. By cutting out grab-and-go processed foods, you don’t give up anything entirely, but you also don’t crave junk food on a regular basis.

2. Find thoughtful ways to cut back on sugar.

The more sugar you eat, the more you want. Cut the hidden sugar out of your diet in places like yogurt, condiments, cereal, and granola bars. If you’re craving sugar after a meal, try natural sugars. I’m a big fan of frozen fruit like grapes and melon.

3. Cut out the booze.

When you drink too much one night, you’re much more likely to crave crappy foods the next day. Avoid drinking more than two beverages in a sitting and you’re much less likely to crave a hamburger, fries, and a milkshake the next day.

4. Skip the extreme diets.

A meal with a good balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat leaves you less likely to eat a bunch of junk later. The more extreme the diet, the more likely you are to experience the ups and downs of cravings.

5. Get enough sleep.

When you’re tired, you’re much more likely to have cravings. It’s your body’s psychological means of supplying you the energy you didn’t get sleeping. The more caloric, the better. Get enough sleep every night and you’re much less likely to crave calorically dense junk foods.

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