09/11/2012 08:07 am ET Updated Sep 11, 2012

Food Cravings: What Do They Really Mean And How To Beat Them

By Jene Luciani for Shape.com

When a chocolate fix hits so intensely that you feel like you'll scream if you don't get a candy bar, it's easy to blame it on your sweet tooth or stress. But food cravings may actually be a clue that you're longing for something not found in a grocery store, says Sophie Skover, author of "The Continuous Appetite". "Most compulsive food cravings are an indication that something in your life is out of balance."

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Learn what your hunger pangs may be trying to tell you so you can find other ways to satisfy your true cravings --and avoid unnecessary calories.

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