Often during a diet people battle with their food addictions and cravings. There are several techniques that enable you to overcome all sorts of unwanted emotional feelings, not only feelings from cravings to addictions, but also fear of failing with the next diet or everything involved in emotional eating .
And to overcome food cravings is necessary to break the vicious cycle of Jo-Jo dieting. Otherwise with so many temptations constantly being around us, you will give in to your craving or addiction sooner or later. You will feel bad about giving in and get frustrated with yourself eating even more food of the wrong kind. Often the diet is then terminated and the weight loss success from the initial phase is undone quickly. This makes stopping food cravings and addictions a vital point.
But what is the difference between food addictions and cravings anyway? For both, addictions and cravings, you want to eat, triggered by certain circumstances, your favorite food because you are used to it. It is a learned behavior very much like Pavlov’s drooling dogs, who responded with producing saliva to the sound of a bell as this was the sign that food was to arrive every moment.
The same happens to us, we just do not recognize these patterns. In cravings, this behavior is not so much pronounced as in addictions and can be overruled by willpower. In addictions that is almost not possible as also physical aspects play a role. But the transition from cravings to addictions is diffuse and can not be clearly defined.
In both, addictions and cravings, a new behavior must be learned, but in addictions, you also have to treat the body, not only the mind. This does not necessarily mean to take medication but rather to eat whole foods or even going