One of the big things that the South Beach Diet preaches is that it helps to ease/get rid of those kinds of cravings within the first 2 weeks (Phase 1). But now that I'm 1 1/2 weeks into that phase, it has me asking...what exactly defines a craving?
Dictionary.com says this:
great or eager desire; yearning
I've always thought of food cravings as a chemical thing. A physical reaction in my body that makes my brain scream for something that it thinks it wants. "YOU NEED CARBS LIKE RIGHT NOW!!!". And from all the studying I've done on the subject, I've learned that that is true. Cravings are caused by fluctuations in our blood sugar levels. Eating something high in sugar or refined carbs sends our blood sugar through the roof, easing our craving quickly...only to have it crash back down equally as fast and send us rushing for the next quick fix. It is a very chemical thing.