What Do Those Cravings Really Mean?

Written by LaToya Gay

August 11, 2020

Have you ever wondered why you had a specific food craving? Did you know those food cravings are associated with the part of the brain that is responsible for memory, pleasure, and reward? Anyone who wants to lose weight and maintain that weight loss through the process of appetite reduction needs to learn that taking control of your food cravings is one of the most important steps in having a successful weight loss and weight management.

Some of the biggest underlying issues that are connected to food cravings are related to unmet emotional needs. Eating that’s related to stress, anger, depression, emptiness, or wanting the desire to feel comforted can also be due to an imbalance of hormones or nutrients the body is needing.

Sometimes our bodies will give us clues for the nutrients we need, such as vitamins or protein. You can find your nutrients in superfoods such as green vegetables, beans, liver, poultry, eggs, and whole grains. Superfoods can also be available in the form of a supplement.

So, how do you know if your cravings are related to emotion or are physical? It can take some patience and a lot of practice. But, some clues your body gives you can help you figure out the difference between physical and emotional hunger. Emotional hunger comes on suddenly. Whereas, the physical is more of a gradual feeling. Please consult with a doctor to determine the best resources, and treatment options to provide relief from overeating.

Guest Blogger: Lynette McCutcheon

Our guest blogger Lynette McCutcheon is a mother of 3. She is also a Health and Weight Loss Coach Specialized in the Ketogenic Diet, Ketosis, and Intermittent Fasting. She is also the founder of her own coaching business, “Down By Linitas Way” which is a community that helps empower women through support and motivation. Her desire and goal are to help women live healthier lifestyles in hopes that others will be inspired to join the movement.

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