Yes, You Can Ease Food Cravings: Here's How

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Whether you desire salty snacks, savory foods, or sweet treats, cravings can wreak havoc on your healthy eating plan. For many people, it’s difficult to resist them. Researchers at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge have found several reasons why this is true. They did an analysis of 28 peer-reviewed studies suggesting that diet changes, prescription medications, exercise, and weight loss surgery can affect cravings in many people – positively or negatively.

According to the analysis, cravings account for about 11 percent of eating behavior and weight gain — more than genetics — and physical activity can actually make them worse. One change proven to help is to eat the foods you crave less often. This strategy works better overall than eating smaller portions of them.

In people who are overweight or obese, weight loss — through diet and exercise, taking obesity drugs like phentermine (Adipex), lorcaserin (Belviq), semaglutide (Ozempic), or liraglutide (Victoza), or bariatric surgery — has also been shown to cut cravings.

Sourced from: Pennington Biomedical Research Center