Patients often ask me about ways to control their food cravings.Studies have shown there is a simple method to distract yourself from food cravings.
Besides distraction techniques, I also recommend Xymogen's AppCurb - 4 caps twice a day, in between meals. My sister, our web mistress, says it works. She reports that AppeCurb also quiets the incessant dwelling on food that so many people experience when they try to lose weight, and it gives her a natural feeling lift in satisfaction which allows her to eat less.
There are some interesting new behavioral techniques to avoid food cravings.
55 Individuals with BMI body mass index of 43.7 or about 80 pounds overweight used four simple distraction techniques to be less tempted by chocolate and other comfort foods. They tapped their forehead, their ears, their toes and imagined a blank white wall for 30 seconds.
How does the distraction task work? In the study the participants identified four favorite foods. You know the ones that had the biggest undertow for cravings like: cheese, pasta, ice cream, pizza, chocolate, bread, french fries, etc.
Participants were read a script and asked to think about how much they wanted their food, how intensely they craved their food and how vividly they pictured their food on a scale of 1 to 100 with 100 being the highest.
Researchers ran the experiment again in the same way and had the participants tap their forehead, ear, toe or had them imagine a blank wall. Forehead tapping was the most successful by reducing the cravings up to 10% and the other distractors diminished the craving intensity.
When you get those serious cravings for your comfort food don't forget to take your AppeCurb and tap your forehead for 30 seconds.