Dietician shares her ingenious ‘hold out’ method to quickly banish cravings – and why they’re NOT a sign you’re hungry
- An Australian dietitian has revealed how to easily and quickly overcome cravings
- Leanne Ward posted a video on TikTok that has been viewed 55,000 times
- She said cravings are usually ‘head hunger’ thoughts and not physical hunger
- By setting a 15-minute timer, you can ‘postpone’ the desire until it’s over
- If the craving persists, it’s okay to eat, but drink water and eat vegetables first
A leading Australian dietitian has revealed how to quickly overcome hunger cravings by waiting just 15 minutes from when you’re ‘hungry’ and first eating a raw vegetable.
Health expert Leanne Ward, who lives in Brisbane, posted a video TikTok to address the subject of cravings, saying that they are usually ‘head hunger’ thoughts unrelated to physical hunger – which is why you have to ‘wait’ for them to pass.
Since the publication of the clever trick on July 1, the video has been viewed more than 55,000 times.
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Health expert Leanna Ward (photo) posted a one-minute video on TikTok saying that cravings are often not related to real hunger
Recognize whether you are physically hungry or not
To banish cravings, Leanne said it’s important to recognize whether the craving is “ starvation ” or really physical hunger – which can be determined depending on how the individual feels.
If the craving for food is indeed related to hunger, which should be concentrated around breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Leanne said it’s important to eat a good meal and not just a snack.
If it’s just ‘head hunger’ – which is usually a craving – it’s a sign of boredom reaching for the snack, and you’re cheating yourself into thinking you’re hungry.
According to TasteThe most filling meals you can prepare quickly are sun-dried tomato and basil pasta, a chickpea stew, and a bean and chicken salad.
Leanne said that cravings are commonly called ‘head hunger’ and are not related to real physical hunger
Set a 15 minute timer to ‘keep’ the desire
Then Leanne said because cravings are “usually not a sign of true physical hunger,” they are easy to ride and you just need time.
This can be done by setting a 15 minute timer on a phone or watch to “ drive out ” the craving.
She said cravings move in peaks and troughs, so once you get to the ‘top’ of the peak feelings, you know they will slowly slip away.
“If it feels like it’s at its peak and you’re about to give in, that’s a good sign because it means that the craving will come crashing down again,” said Leanne.
“The longer you can leave the craving, the less intense it gets.”
LEANNE’S TIPS FOR FAST IMPROVEMENT OF CRAVINGS
1. Recognize if you are physically hungry or if you only think about food
2. Set a timer for 15 minutes and wait for the desire to pass if you’re not really hungry
3. Prepare a meal, but drink a glass of water and eat vegetables before eating so you don’t eat that much – which is useful if you want to lose weight
Leanne said ‘because cravings aren’t a real physical hunger, it’s easy to drive out – you just need time.’ This can be done by setting a 15 minute timer to ‘drive’ the desire
On Instagram, Leanne also advocates preparing healthy snacks with protein powder and fruits, including brownies and muffins
Drink water and eat raw vegetables before eating
If the craving persists after the 15 minutes have passed, Leanne suggested eating the meal or food you crave, but do two things before you do.
Before eating, she recommends drinking a large glass of water and eating raw vegetables, such as celery or carrots.
This keeps you from eating as much food as you normally would on an empty stomach – which is ideal if you want to lose weight.
On InstagramLeanne is also an advocate of preparing healthy snacks with protein powder, including brownies and muffins, which can be eaten as a healthy alternative snack.