Beating back cravings for 'wrong foods'

Fitness Q & A

Health & Fitness

March 07, 2004|By Gailor Large | Gailor Large,Special to the Sun

I'm always hungry. I crave bread and sweets morning, noon and night, even after a big pasta dinner. How can I make it to the next meal without snacking?

We could reel off a list of tricks to help you stave off your cravings, but it sounds like you may simply be filling up on the wrong foods.

Refined carbohydrates, which cause a blood sugar spike and crash, can actually leave you hungrier than you were before lifting a fork in the first place.

Instead of white bread and sugar, choose foods that are high in fiber (vegetables, fruits) or protein (lean meats, dairy). Bulkier, low-calorie foods with a high water content (like soups) are also good choices. If you are still bothered with cravings, consider seeing a nutritionist.

Do you have a fitness question? Write to Fitness, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278. You can also fax questions to 410-783-2519 or e-mail fitness@baltsun.com.

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