Try This Simple Trick to Curb Your Junk Food Cravings

Imagine looking at a slice of chocolate cake and thinking, 'meh.'

Carrots and celery are great and all, but craving them? Yeah, that's not happening. More like craving pizza, chips, and anything and everything sweet. But our waistlines, energy levels, and family doctors can all attest: Nothing good comes from giving in to those cravings.

Erin Oprea, trainer to stars like Carrie Underwood and author of The 4x4 Diet, knows exactly how it feels to want sugar 24/7. (In her case, it's a pack of peanut M&M's.) Luckily she found a simple solution that's boosted her ability to say no to certain foods. And when we say simple, we mean simple.

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"I almost always have mint gum in my mouth. You have to take it out to have a bite of junk food, and it's a pain," Oprea says. "Mint gum also ruins the flavor of most things. If I do take it out, nothing is going to taste good anyway."

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Oprea recommends trying this trick when you're heading somewhere you know you're going to face a handful of unhealthy foods, like an office celebration or cocktail party. Not a fan of gum? She says Listerine PocketPaks work the same way.

"Those sheets will ruin your taste buds in a second. After having one in your mouth, everything tastes disgusting. It's like using mouthwash before you eat something," she says.

Problem. Solved.

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