3-Day Plan to Shut Down Your Cravings

Find out what to eat at each meal to curb your cravings in just three days.

Follow this simple plan from Chris Powell to curb your junk food cravings in three days. All you need to do is eat a protein with a carb for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; add dairy to your lunch; pile up the veggies; and sprinkle salt on your fruit for a snack. Print out this one-sheet and post it on your refrigerator for reference. 


Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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