Have you ever felt like your brain seemed wired to crave the most unhealthy foods possible? Did you ever think that it could be much easier to diet if you could only get your cravings under control? Scientists have found methods that allow you to train your brain into wanting healthy foods instead of junk food. One dietician, named Susan Roberts, has created a diet that manages to train your brain into desiring the healthiest of foods. It’s basically a diet-free diet.
The Instinct Diet, Roberts’ book, details a step by step plan on how to quit sugary, fatty foods once and for all. The entire diet is based off of the rawest of human emotional bases, instinct.
During the years when cavemen roamed the Earth, food was a very scarce thing. In order to survive, cavemen had to crave certain foods that had the nutrients that they needed. The brain is naturally hard wired to find calorie-rich foods, otherwise we would likely die of starvation. While we are born with natural cravings, most of the cravings that people feel are fabricated. No one naturally is born with a craving for energy drinks, nor are they born craving Twinkies.
The Instinct Diet uses cravings to a person’s advantage. Cravings can be created by eating large quantities of different foods. So, if you eat a lot of lettuce, you will crave lettuce. Maria Pelchett, of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, illustrated this fact with an experiment. Subjects were frequently given vanilla protein shakes, and though the shakes tasted terrible, after a while subject began to crave them. Similarly, Japanese women have been known to crave sushi simply because they have eaten it a lot.
So far, the Instinct Diet has gotten amazing results with many men and women. One woman by the name of Wendy Fox can no longer stand the taste of chocolate because of the Instinct Diet. Chocolate used to be her favorite food, and was the cause of a 40 pound weight gain. She is now 36 pounds lighter, and can fit comfortably into a size 4. Want to try to learn how to crave salad, berries, or similar foods?
It’s easy, just follow these three easy steps:
- Out of sight, out of mind. Remove the offending food from your kitchen, your cupboards, and your food stocks. If you are looking to get rid of your chocolate cravings, don’t keep chocolate in your house. People who need to stop their cravings of pork rinds and hot dogs will need to remove these out of their houses.
- Opt for healthy foods instead of junk foods. The most common way to get into the habit of eating healthy foods is to carry them with you. Freeze dried pineapples, apple slices, and carrots are excellent choices.
- Eat only a couple of bites of your bad cravings during a meal. Most dieticians will agree that eating a little bit of your craves won’t hurt. Believe it or not, this can actually help the cravings subside.