We all experience food cravings, especially at times of stress, and more often than not these cravings include an emotional reaction. Resisting our urges to eat foods we know are bad for us can be one of the toughest hurdles of weight loss, even with the help of The Phen Range to suppress appetite and reduce cravings. One way to overcome our cravings is to establish what our body is really telling us to eat so that we can provide it with the nutrients it is lacking, meaning healthier bodies, and more successful weight loss!
Why Do We Crave Certain Foods?
We equate cravings with bad foods because we have evolved to crave quick-release calories which allow the body to feel ‘safe’ during stressful times, so these easy calories can reassure us that we don’t need to stay in survival mode. However, the problem with the modern world is that many processed foods use unhealthy saturated fats, salt and sugar to hide ingredients that lack nutrition, meaning that we can’t trust our instincts to tell us that we’re eating the right foods anymore. As children, many of us were often given candy as a treat or a reward for good behavior, so this is why sweets will continue to have a soothing effect, and this type of conditioning is hard to control later in life. Furthermore, some of the foods we crave trigger the release of serotonin in the brain, and researchers have found that stronger cravings directly link to low serotonin levels in some individuals.
What Do Our Cravings Really Mean?
However, many times when we crave certain foods it’s because we are actually lacking in these essential nutrients. This table shows what your cravings really mean:
How To Manage Cravings
This chart certainly shows how cravings could be managed and even controlled by choosing healthier options rather than the cookies or chips we tend to crave at times of stress. However, prevention is better than cure so to help reduce the chance of craving these bad foods in the first place and risking a slip-up, it’s important to incorporate these healthier food sources of often-lacking nutrients into your diet as a matter of course. What’s more, many of us tend to have cravings for one type of food in particular, so by eating more healthy food sources of the mineral related to this craving we can address a potential deficiency in this nutrient while also helping to control our main cravings.
To give you some extra help, our appetite-suppressant Phen Caps also contain ingredients to help you control cravings; one of these is phenylethylamine (PEA), which works by releasing the neurotransmitters norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine to produce a satiating effect, increasing feelings of fullness, suppressing appetite, and reducing cravings. Phen Caps also contain the natural appetite suppressant caralluma, a type of cactus which increases feelings of fullness within the stomach and reduces cravings by aiding digestion. Lacking in energy can also weaken our resolve to resist cravings, which is why we often find ourselves wandering to the vending machine around 3 pm to satisfy our afternoon cravings, when our energy levels are at their lowest. To help avoid this afternoon energy slump, taking a Phen Cap before lunch to give you extra burst of energy will give you even more chance of weight loss success!
In addition, making sure to include Phen Vites in your daily routine can provide many of these craving-inducing nutrients, such as chromium and magnesium, as well as other vitamins such as vitamin C and vitamin E which help to control blood sugar levels and therefore help with craving reduction. It is also very interesting to note that researchers found that the hippocampus - the part of the brain connected with emotions - has a relatively high concentration of magnesium, which could explain how cravings are a natural response to the need to balance our emotions. Accordingly, it’s important to take actions to boost your mood and psychological wellbeing while aiming to lose weight. For this reason, Phen Vites contain the mood-boosting nutrients 5-HTP, folate, biotin, and selenium, which will all help you to achieve this balance and wellbeing, so that you feel great and lose even more weight.
Although research is still limited in the area of cravings and what they indicate, it is certainly interesting to see how we might be able to manage and even control our cravings to lose more weight by ensuring that we are getting all the nutrients our bodies need for good health. This way we can also avoid confusing these signals of deficiency in certain vitamins and minerals for cravings for less healthy foods, meaning that long term weight maintenance is even more achievable!