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  • Five ways to fight your food cravings

  • Even the world's healthiest eaters feel pangs for chocolate at 3 p.m., or fixate on a bag of chips in the vending machine like it's the last food on earth. The difference between them and us: They somehow resist, while we're left scrounging for change and tearing into a bag of Cheetos Flamin' Hot.
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  • Even the world's healthiest eaters feel pangs for chocolate at 3 p.m., or fixate on a bag of chips in the vending machine like it's the last food on earth. The difference between them and us: They somehow resist, while we're left scrounging for change and tearing into a bag of Cheetos Flamin' Hot.
    Before you get down on yourself and your faltering willpower, consider this: The secret to withstanding a craving isn't a steely reserve, it's about identifying the underlying reason you're hankering for a Snickers bar, and then responding accordingly.
    "Sometimes it's emotional and you reach for those foods that you love for comfort," says Molly Morgan, RD, owner of Creative Nutrition Solutions in Vestal, New York, and author of The Skinny Rules. "Other times, it may be that you're tired, which lowers blood sugar and triggers the release of hormones linked to hunger."
    Sometimes you simply haven't eaten enough calories and you really do need energy.
    So what's a hungry person to do? We asked top nutritionists how they stop themselves from overindulging, and they shared the following strategies for kicking cravings to the curb.
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