How can I reduce my carb cravings?

Ximena Jimenez
Nutrition & Dietetics

These are some helpful strategies to reduce your carb cravings:

  • Start your day with a balanced breakfast. Skipping this important meal may lead you to crave carbs later in the day
  • Don't skip any meals. This will keep you blood sugar and other hormones in balance
  • Out of sight, out of mouth. Instead of keeping sugary foods around the house, maintain healthy satisfying foods around the house: grapes, home-made popcorn or almonds
  • Pay more attention to your serving sizes. In case of a specific craving, you can eat one cookie but not 10
  • Don't deny yourself favorite foods. This will lead to obsessing over food and the idea is to enjoy all foods in moderation
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Carb "detox" can make you irritable and only work temporarily for weight loss. In this video, Dr. Oz and Dr. Dow discuss what foods to add to your diet to lessen your carb cravings.

Continue Learning about Carbohydrates


Starches, sugars and fiber are the carbohydrates in food. Carbohydrates are a molecule that plants make during photosynthesis, combining carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. They are very important in your body's metabolism because they a...

re generally the part of food that is digested most quickly. Carbohydrates can give you quick energy, and cause a rise in blood sugar levels. Diabetics, in particular, need to pay attention to the carbohydrates they eat to help manage their blood sugar. Some carbohydrates, those found in whole grains and leafy vegetables, for example have a much slower impact on blood sugar than carbohydrates in fruits or candy. It's easy to consume a lot of carbohydrates, as foods like breads, pasta, cake, cookies and potatoes are loaded with them. Nutrition experts suggest that you should only get 45 to 65 percent of your daily nutrition from carbohydrates.

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