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Can’t lose weight? Brain expert shares four ways to banish cravings

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Are your diets always doomed for failure?

You wouldn’t be alone, as many find it tricky to stick to healthy regimes due to cravings.

Susan Peirce Thompson, a neuroscientist, used to struggle to control her eating habits.

But after years of looking for answers, the American doctor found that a lot of her set-backs were “down to (her) brain”.

In a Daily Mail article, the expert argued: "The reason we can’t lose weight is that our bodies have not evolved to be able to process modern food…

“The result? An insatiable hunger that drives people mindlessly to put food in their mouths all day — in other words, to graze.”

Sugar cravings can be some of the hardest to banish (Image: Getty Images)
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If you are finding it difficult to kick your snacking habits, there are some steps you can take to banish cravings.

Susan recommends the following four-step plan:

1. Reduce your sugar intake

Susan advises avoiding products that contain sugar, as these can make cravings worse.

Apparently, this allows the brain and body to “heal”.

Fructose, sugar that naturally occurs in fruit, isn't banned under the doctor's plan.

2. Cut down on flour

The diet guru describes flour as an “addictive” substance.

She also says its responsible for raising insulin and blocking leptin – a hormone involved in the regulation of hunger.

Eating three healthy meals a day could be the recipe to weight loss success (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

3. Eat three meals a day

You’re much more likely to cave to cravings if you don’t have a set meal plan.

Eating three times a day will keep you going throughout the day – and soon your healthy routine will feel natural.

Sarah adds: “Not only does eating the right foods become automatically, but passing up the wrong foods between meals does, too.”

4. Keep tabs on portion size

If you’re struggling to lose weight, make sure you’re not over-eating.

To gage how much food you should be putting into your body, investing in a pair of weighing scales could be a good idea.

Sarah says doing this gave her “psychological freedom”.

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Before tweaking your diet, it’s important to consult your doctor.

It isn’t advisable to make drastic changes to your regime – including cutting out food groups – without seeing a medical professional first.

For more advice on weight loss, visit the NHS website.

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