meditation to cut sugar cravings

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When Hubbard, who's kept the 128 pounds off for more than a decade, is tempted by a sugary treat, she says that pausing and considering the situation from an outside perspective helped her figure out what was driving the craving (stress and hunger), which allowed her to address it in a healthier way.

The science: A 2013 study published in the British Journal of Health Psychology found that college students reduced their chocolate cravings after only five days of practicing a mindfulness habit called cognitive defusion. More ways to practice defusion: deep breathing, meditation and yoga.