How to Conquer Any Craving

Go ahead—have that cookie! Here's why indulging a little is actually a weight-loss weapon.


From Health magazine

You know what a craving feels like: that manic moment when the devil on one shoulder swoops over to sucker-punch the angel on the other, demanding something salty-sweet-forbidden right now.

But, believe it or not, it is possible to master your hankerings. Registered dietitian Marissa Lippert is here to show you—and our Feel Great Weight women—how to enjoy your gotta-have foods and stay on track.

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Her craving: “Pastries, cakes, pies … I like sweet stuff!”

The fix: Your best bet—surprise!—is to go for the good stuff, or youll drive yourself crazy with deprivation. Two or three times a week, have a dessert that really does it
for you.

“Its all about having the real thing, but occasionally and in small quantities,” Lippert says. If you try to scratch that itch with “light” versions, you wont really be satisfied, she warns. Some worthwhile goodies? Full-fat ice cream, a thin slice of banana-walnut bread, or 2 or 3 squares of dark chocolate with 70 percent cocoa content or higher.

On days when youre not indulging, load up on foods that are naturally sweet like pineapple, apples, bananas, or 1/4 cup trail mix with almonds and dried fruit. “Unlike the fake stuff, those snacks will help alleviate your sweet cravings overall,” Lippert says.

“Ive always craved sweet foods more than savory.”

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Last Updated: December 22, 2009

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