When 3pm rolls around, do you automatically reach for a snack? Or perhaps you find yourself hovering by the fridge every night before bed. Cravings can be difficult to ignore and often have nothing to do with hunger, explains dietitian Jaime Rose Chambers.
Eating too frequently between meals is a recipe for weight gain, says Dr Jane Bowen, co-author of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet. But if you struggle with the need to snack at the same time every day, finding out why you crave a food at that time can help you conquer the habit for good.
“If you can decipher what is causing the craving, it can be easier to beat,” says Jaime. A craving is a psychological response to food, and the main cause is usually due to a habit or conditioning, but it can also be a sign that your diet isn’t well balanced.
Here we look at the most common times we crave a snack and what it can reveal about your health:
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