“Over-eating” or “Food addiction” refers to compulsive overeaters who engage in frequent episodes of uncontrolled eating (binge eating). The term binge eating means eating an unhealthy amount of food while feeling that one’s sense of control has been lost
10 ways to control your food cravings
1. Drink Water
Thirst is often confused with hunger or food cravings. If you feel a sudden urge for a specific food, try drinking a large glass of water and wait a few minutes. You may find that the craving fades away, because your body was actually just thirsty.
2. Plan Your Meals
If possible, try to plan your meals for the day or upcoming week.
If you don’t have to think about what to eat at the following meal, you will be less tempted and less likely to experience cravings.
3. Avoid Getting Extremely Hungry
Hunger is one of the biggest reasons why we experience cravings.
To avoid getting extremely hungry, it may be a good idea to eat at regular intervals and have healthy snacks close at hand.
4. Get Enough Sleep
Your appetite is largely affected by hormones that fluctuate throughout the day. Sleep deprivation disrupts the fluctuations, and may lead to poor appetite regulation and strong cravings
5. Eat Proper Meals
By being prepared, and avoiding long periods of hunger, you may be able to prevent the craving from showing up at all.
6. Practice Mindful Eating
Mindful eating teaches you to distinguish between cravings and actual physical hunger. It helps you choose your response, instead of acting thoughtlessly or impulsively
7. Distance yourself from the Craving-Stay away from people and instances who pull you for unhealthy eating
9. If attending a party/function, try eating a light meal prior so as to avoid unhealthy eating
10. Practice 1 cheat day to avoid long time cravings leading to mood swings, overeating, demotivation, and depression.