When dieting it is almost certain that you will develop cravings. There are many ways to deal with these cravings, but one of the most effective ones in my experience is to consume food and drink that feel like a cheat but actually wont negatively affect your diet in any way.
These foods or drinks must contain very little calorific value and must not be detrimental in any way to the structure of the diet you have planned for yourself.
When dieting the thing that most people will crave is something sweet. It is very hard to get foods that can fit in with an effective cutting diet that genuinely taste nice and sweet so it tends to be the first thing that people crave.
Here are a few of my favourite sweet tasting snacks:
Sugar free jelly:
When I discovered sugar free jelly on my last diet I can’t describe the happiness I felt. It almost seemed sad that I should be so overjoyed to find something that most people wouldn’t even remotely care about. However I was happy and here’s why.
It tastes AMAZING. I can’t tell the difference between sugar free jelly and normal jelly. I used to eat it on a night time when cravings get really bad and it felt like I was cheating because it tasted so good. I almost wanted to not eat it as I felt bad for doing so. However it wasn’t cheating and after I had reduced a portion size of an earlier meal, it didn’t affect my total daily calorie intake at all.
Check out the nutritional info:
Per 1 pint of jelly:
This is equivalent to ¼ scoop of protein powder. I know which I would rather have as a filling snack. The best brand I came across was hartleys sugar free jelly and the raspberry flavour was delicious.
Diet fizzy drinks:
Now there is debate over diet coke and its alternatives in regards to dieting. Some people say that it can actually make you hungrier and that it can be mildly inulinogenic. On a high carb diet this could be detrimental; however on a low carb diet I don’t see how this can have any negative effect. I also personally did not feel that it made me hungrier and had the total opposite effect. Hunger is a state of mind that can be very easily affected by forced thinking. If someone told you that diet coke would make you hungry I guarantee you will feel hungry after drinking it. If I said it made you feel full I am pretty sure you will feel full after drinking it. With that in mind, drinking diet coke will make you feel full!!
Diet drinks are useful for 2 reasons. Firstly they taste sweet and that satisfies cravings very very well. Secondly they are carbonated so will leave you feeling full and maybe even slightly bloated. This will make you not want to eat and therefore far less likely to eat any cheat food.
My favourite diet drinks are:
Diet cherry coke
Diet coke with lime
So if you feel yourself getting close to cracking and potentially cheating on your diet I recommend trying one of these guilt free treats to satisfy your cravings without sacrificing your gains.