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Six ways to curb the cravings

The secret to losing weight for good is to control those stubborn little urges to indulge


1. Chronium

Chromium helps stabilise blood-sugar levels to prevent cravings. ‘Take 200mg of a form called Chromium GTF [glucose tolerance factor] each day,’ says Dr John Briffa.


2. L-glutamine

L-glutamine appears to fuel the brain to help prevent 4pm fogginess. Opt for the powder form, advises Briffa, and add one to two teaspoons to a litre of water and sip through the day.


3. Cinnamon

Cinnamon keeps blood sugar even and tastes great when added to yoghurt or smoothies at breakfast. Ayurvedic doctor Sebastian Pole recommends half a teaspoon of cinnamon in 20ml aloe-vera juice at 3pm to keep cravings at bay.


4. Protein

Meals containing protein – such as eggs, full-fat yoghurt, poultry, fish, pulses, beans, tofu or lean meats – and fats such as nuts, olives and seeds, as well as olive, flaxseed and nut oils and avocados, along with vegetables, provide a steadier fuel to the brain than sugar and refined carbohydrates.


5. Snacks

A midmorning or afternoon snack with protein and healthy fats, such as a handful of Brazil nuts or almonds (avoid cashews, as they’re high in sugar) keeps cravings at bay.


6. Exercise

Run up the stairs. Just five minutes of brisk walking or stair-climbing raises blood sugar naturally by encouraging the liver to release its glycogen (glucose) stores into the bloodstream.

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