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20 Ways to Cure the Toughest Cravings

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This article originally appeared on Redbookmag.com.

By Amy Capetta

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Got a sweet tooth? A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that both sugar and fat stimulate a pleasure region of the brain — but sugar has the greater effect, making it even more challenging of a food to resist. "Cravings are linked to deprivation," states Julie Upton, a registered dietitian and co-founder of Appetite for Health, "and the more people avoid or try to restrict these foods, the worse the cravings become." So you might want to just have the piece of chocolate instead of torturing yourself. Upton also suggests snacking on dried fruits, like mangos, prunes, and nectarines, or keeping some hard candy at your desk. "They take time to eat and their calorie counts aren’t too high," she explains.

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