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Nutritionist James McKillop lends insight into food cravings

Many of us experience food cravings from time to time, but for certain individuals, these cravings can pose serious health cravings have been shown to elicit binge-eating episodes, which can lead to obesity and eating disorders. In addition, giving in to food cravings can trigger feelings of guilt and shame.

Carbohydrates boost our levels of the hormone serotonin, which has a calming effect. And recent research suggests that the combination of fat and sugar may also have a calming effect. As we are imagining a specific food, much of our brain power is focused on that food, and we have a hard time with other tasks.

"Food cravings arise to satisfy emotional needs, such as calming stress and reducing anxiety," said James McKillop. "Dietary restrictions definitely make cravings worse."

To reduce food cravings, the body needs real support-and lots of it. Eating healthy foods, eating breakfast every day (skipping breakfast can make cravings worse), taking nutritional
supplements, moderate exercise and  lots of emotional support can almost miraculously curb cravings.


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About James McKillop
James McKillop RD, LD is a registered and licensed dietitian and sports nutritionist. He is an internationally-health advocate, author and speaker. McKillop received his M.A. from Cornell and in 1938, from the same institution, he accepted his Ph.D. in nutrition with honors. He has helped thousands of people in over 65 countries learn how to take control of their health--and keep it. His book, "The Fitness/Nutrition Guide," is a step-by-step guide to optimum health.