It’s been three weeks. Your diet has been going well, you see progress, and suddenly, you lose control of your cravings. Does this sound familiar?
If you feel like it is difficult to diet around your PMS, you’re not alone. About 85% of women experience emotional and physical changes in their body. And unfortunately, this can last up to two weeks depending on their cycle. As many as 70% of these women suffer from irritability, food cravings, mood swings, sleep disturbances, fatigue, bloating, and food cravings.
This happens because your cortisol levels are in overdrive. As a result, you become more metabolically charged which stimulates the appetite. This is why many women tend to seek fats and carbs around their PMS. If this sounds alarming, the following is how you can fight the cravings?
Try eating a handful of meals during the day to prevent your brain from craving unnecessary foods. Cravings tend to happen when you’re slightly hungry so make sure you have a small meal ready to munch when it strikes.
Give what your body wants when it is craving carbs or fats. Okay, this might sound crazy, but hear us out. Instead of choosing a croissant, try eating a simple slice of bread with a tablespoon of peanut butter. And instead of selecting a pint of ice cream, grab a yogurt. There are many ways you can substitute bad fats and carbs for good ones which can trick your body into thinking you’re feeding it what it wants.
Sometimes it is easy to succumb to your hunger pangs by grabbing a snack in the fridge. But did you know that you could be thirsty instead? Before you indulge in something delicious, grab a glass of water first. Wait a few minutes and see if it goes away.
Decrease your appetite by exercising to boost your endorphin production. It’s not just your routine exercises that can help curb the cravings, being physically active throughout the day can make an impact. You can simply take the stairs, walk the dog, or vacuum.
Eating protein for every snack or meal will help moderate your blood sugar imbalances. It can also slow down your digestive system making you feel less hungry throughout the day. Select healthy proteins like peanut butter, fish, turkey, chicken, or eggs.
Your cravings are not the only thing on the rise. Because your metabolism is too, you could be burning an extra 100 calories per day which means you’d be counteracting with the extra snack you’re about to indulge. Of course, as long as you do this in moderation, there is no harm!