Is PMS Sabotaging Your Diet?
How to cope with food cravings and keep losing weight
Tackle Food Cravings With Exercise
Any physical activity, from swimming to running, that gets the heart going
will raise serotonin and lower cortisol levels, Peeke says. Though most experts
recommend working out for 30 minutes, four to six times a week, even a
10-minute walk will put a serious dent in your cravings, she says.
Plus, if you sweat a lot, you'll get rid of water and feel less bloated,
Wurtman says. And once you get going, anger dissipates, "so you may not
feel like murdering your colleagues."
Some studies suggest that mind-body activities such as yoga and tai chi can
help calm a woman while lowering cortisol and increasing serotonin levels,
Peeke says. And a massage by an experienced therapist evokes the same benefits.
"That's also why a good massage makes you so sleepy."
Supplements Combat Food Cravings, Too
While there's no proof that taking supplements can help curb food craving
per se, studies have shown that certain vitamins and minerals can help improve
your mood and make you more amenable to a healthy diet, Peeke notes. All Weight
Loss Clinic members are encouraged to take a daily multivitamin/mineral in
addition to eating their nutrient-dense diets.