5 Healthy Ways To Stop Cravings

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How To Stop Cravings And Choose Healthy Replacements

Ever have cravings for sweets and carbs that you just can’t quench? Well, you’re definitely not alone, and if you find yourself in a weight-loss rut, the first thing you should think about is how to stop cravings and keep your nutrition in check. Thanks to bodybuilding competitors like my friend and Platinum Coach, Jonny, and his girlfriend (in the photo below), I learned a few tips and tricks to help keep you on track but still get a taste for something sweet and fulfilling. Use their tips below to stop your cravings with healthy substitutes and get closer to your dream body!

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Frozen Grapes

Frozen grapes are a simple way to kill cravings for sugary foods. Jonny says he uses them when he’s dieting for his bodybuilding competitions… You know, when the cravings get strong and you’re eating a very restrictive diet.

When the grapes are frozen, they’re firm but still have a slushy consistency that makes them easy to bite into. Think of them as healthy, mini ice pops. Simply put whole grapes into a small container or bag and freeze for 4-5 hours.

Now don’t forget – You should never go overboard with any food. That’s usually an indication of a deeper problem. Limit yourself to a cup or a cup and a half.

kill cravings grapes

Celery and Peanut Butter

Use this adult version of ants on a log as a healthy snack to kill cravings and hold you over between meals.

If you don’t have any fresh celery around, you can even have just a decently sized, single spoonful of peanut butter… But make sure you put the jar away before you find yourself dipping in multiple times!

kill cravings celery peanut butter

Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt makes a healthy, filling snack that is perfect for the guy wanting to get shredded because it’s an awesome source of protein. Ditch anything with artificial flavors and remember that “Fat-Free” doesn’t necessarily mean “good for losing weight.” Eat the plain flavor and add your own toppings like chia or flax seeds and fresh fruit. You could also add some sugar-free maple syrup or stevia to sweeten it.

Try this before bed because the slow digesting milk protein (casein) can help to continue supplying your muscles with protein through most of the night.

kill cravings greek yogurt

DIY Trail Mix

Combine raw or roasted peanuts, almonds, natural dark chocolate nibs, & dried fruits of your choice, and snack on this protein-packed, healthy fat mix. For bonus points add sunflower and pumpkin seeds for a magnesium boost!

Word of advice: Don’t eat the prepackaged ones from the gas stations or grocery store. They have added sweets and salts that are unnecessary and can potentially slow your progress. Buy and make your own, divide them into reasonable portions and put them into ziplock bags to keep you on track to reaching your weight loss goals.

kill cravings trail mix

Sugar-Free Instant Protein Pudding

Now this one is the gold mine for me. My childhood love for chocolate pudding didn’t end in childhood and I’m not afraid to admit it! 

For this adult version, grab some boxes of the sugar-free instant Jell-O pudding mix. Make the pudding as directed. Then, add 2 to 3 scoops of chocolate whey protein powder! As I always say, don’t go overboard with it. Portion out servings to eat later on.

This snack saved me when I was working on reaching my own goals. The pudding makes a great post-workout snack, which can be a nice alternative to a protein shake if you’re getting tired of your normal routine.

This is a great protein-packed sweet to eat whenever you need a sugar fix, a replacement for your protein shake, or a healthy dessert. Chow down!

kill cravings pudding

I hope you’re starting to understand that much of your fitness progress is based on having a good diet. This is the toughest thing for most guys because a lot of times, we hate cooking. Or don’t have time for it.

If you’re one of those guys, make sure you also check out my NO COOK Meal Prep article. It will help even the busiest guy stick to eating foods that get results and show you a simple portion trick along the way.

If you want to get results, check out this free video about controlling your Leptin hormone – aka your master weight loss hormone.

For more tips on getting ripped abs, feeling healthier, and looking better… Make sure you stick around and check out my other tips. Train hard!

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Henry
My name is Henry, and I am a personal trainer who has been extensively studying health, fitness, fat loss, muscle building, and the steps that it takes to get six pack abs. My goal here is to provide you with the most up-to-date, scientifically correct tips and tricks to get the physique you want. I'm been in the Fitness Industry for 17 years now. I've been able to see the fitness world evolve into the massive industry it is today - especially in the past 7 years with new technology upgrades and the world being able to share and connect effortlessly through Social Media. Unfortunately, I grew up when the industry was more "analog" as a very skinny-fat kid and through my teen years. It was so hard/fustrating for me to gain any muscle. I played football and basketball in High school along with being a 1st Degree Black Belt in Tae-Kwon-Do. I can say Martial Arts (Bruce Lee) actually sparked my interest in wanting a nice looking body and gaining muscle along with watching Arnold S. when he appeared as Conan "The Barbarian" and Conan "The Adventurer" in his hit movies. One of the biggest parts of success in any type of goal, is through hard work, discipline and consistency. I'm glad Martial Arts provided me that vessel because I can truly say without those characteristics, I would not have been able to be successful in Fitness and build the body I have today. It's such a rewarding feeling and I want each and everyone of you to have that feeling.

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