90% of people admit to having food cravings and dealing with them can be difficult for anyone. New studies show that constant restriction can backfire for those who struggle and can cause binge eating.
The director of the Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science at Drexel University says ““You don’t have to make cravings go away, but you also don’t have to eat because of them. It’s accepting rather than pushing away or suppressing them.”
Researches say to practice “Urge Surfing” by identifying your craving, observing the craving, be open and don’t try to suppress the craving, and pay attention to what happens next.
“Our cravings inevitably rise and fall, just like waves in an ocean, trying to fight that wave will never work. It doesn’t work if you are wishing for the craving to go away. You are accepting that it’s there, and even that it’s supposed to be there, and you are coexisting — surfing — with it.”
What food do you crave most? How do you get rid of your cravings? What time of day are you most likely to give in?