Crush Cravings with Cardio

Food cravings are some of the hardest things to deal with. We've all had them, some of us more often than others! You get that urge to eat something delicious, and it takes every ounce of willpower to keep your hands off those hot wings, that hamburger, the candy bar, or that cup of soda sitting in front of you. Fighting cravings is a challenge that many of us just aren't equipped to deal with!

Helpful Hint: Did you know that cravings usually only last for 2 to 3 minutes? Science has proven that playing video games can help you to fight cravings, as the game distracts your mind from the food you are craving.

According to research done in Australia, it looks like exercise--cardio, particularly--is one of the best things to help you crush  cravings? How is this possible?

The study found that interval training is the best way to get rid of cravings. Doing sets of very high intensity combined with low intensity exercise is the key to dealing with that hankering you have for food.

The best way to work out: Use a ratio of 1:4. What does this mean? Essentially do 1 minute of high intensity exercise, and follow it up with 4 minutes of very low intensity exercise. The ratio works if you want to do 15 seconds of sprinting or fast-paced cycling, followed by 60 seconds of a lower intensity workout.

Here are a few workouts you can try:

Track Sprints

Don't worry about using a stopwatch, but just use a track to help you count off the distance. Run ¼ of the track for a total of 100 meters, and then jog for 200 or 300 meters. Trade off sprinting for jogging at intervals, and try to keep it up for at least 20 to 30 minutes. You'll find that those cravings are gone!

Road Running

Find a road that isn't too full of traffic, and get sprinting! Sprint for 60 seconds, followed by a slow jog for up to 4 minutes. Do this for up to 30 minutes, and you'll improve your resting heart rate, burn a lot of fat, and crush those cravings at the same time.

Football Field Run

Got a football field or soccer court in your area? Sprint along one length of the field, and take the rest of the perimeter at a slow jog. Jog until you reach the place where you started, and sprint that length once more. By the time you complete 30 minutes of this exercise, you'll be dripping sweat, your muscles will be tired, and you'll have dealt with those cravings!

Fighting Your Cravings

The truth is that cravings can be incredibly hard to ignore--impossible for many people. You're going to have to find mechanisms to help you ignore those cravings, as that's the only way that you can keep your hankering for food or drink out of your mind.

You can't let your cravings get the better of you, as you'll end up regretting it mere moments after finishing stuffing yourself. No matter how "healthy" the food you crave may be, adding any extra calories to your strict diet is going to lead to weight gain. Stay strong with your diet, and don't yield to the temptation to eat something you know you shouldn't.

Hint: If you're craving something, drink a glass of water and leave your house for a few minutes. A quick walk around the block can help to distract your mind, and the glass of water will tell your stomach that it's full.

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