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2018/07/13 20:50:39 (permalink)
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Sticking to diet & avoiding cravings

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I have always just tried to have a balanced diet. Diet has never been perfect but I have never really cared as I felt it was good enough. However over the last year or so it has been getting progressively worse, eating out more, drinking more and eating lots of sweet things (chocolate, cakes etc). I am now finding it hard to get out of this pattern so wondering whether to start a proper structured diet. I wonder if this is easier to stick to? What are your guys experience with this?

Also any tips particularly to avoid the sugar cravings I get would be great.

Got to break the habit!!!

Thanks.

Ps. Posted in general as thought it was more of a general query but move to the diet section if needed...
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    bobhail
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    Re: Sticking to diet & avoiding cravings 2018/07/13 21:48:07 (permalink)
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    Im taking Pro Supps vanish and finding I actually don't feel hungry whilst on it!! I also don't want to eat rubbish as it will be a waste of a tablet!!
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    Peanut_85
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    Re: Sticking to diet & avoiding cravings 2018/07/14 05:22:09 (permalink)
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    Thanks but I'm not really after a fat burner. More advice/recommendations/techniques for getting out of the bad habits I'm in diet wise. I think it's more of a mental thing really not giving in to craving etc.
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    Re: Sticking to diet & avoiding cravings 2018/07/14 13:44:41 (permalink)
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    I used to have the sweetest tooth ever. I could easily have a whole pack of biscuits in one sitting. Used to buy a chocolate bar every time I went to get petrol, used to have a dessert every time I eat out. Now my sugar intake is nil apart from what's naturally in healthy food like fruit.

    Like an alcoholic it's all or nothing for me. I just one day decided to cut out all that crap. Amazingly I stopped craving it (eating sugar only makes you want to eat more of it) and it is much easier to maintain this low sugar diet than I ever imagined. Some say reward yourself with a little treat every few days but I know if I did that I would crave more.

    So what worked for me was cutting it out altogether. Sounds hard but it's much easier than you think. Its way more satisfying having this willpower than the few seconds of mouth orgasms.

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    Re: Sticking to diet & avoiding cravings 2018/07/14 13:49:07 (permalink)
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    Just to add that was my first step. Saw great benefits, lost a lot of weight then plateued. Then took it further with a daily meal plan. Lost more weight.

    I do recommend a daily meal plan as it's black and white and I don't think winging it works for most people. But don't do everything in one go, too much change and you'll find it hard to stick to. Do one thing at a time. That's my advice anyway.

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    Re: Sticking to diet & avoiding cravings 2018/07/14 14:24:24 (permalink)
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    Isn't there an old wives tale that, if you're craving chocolate then put one piece in your mouth but don't suck or chew it etc, dunno about the science of it and tbh it's sounds wank but it's deffo a thing.

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    Re: Sticking to diet & avoiding cravings 2018/07/14 15:03:02 (permalink)
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    LOL I've heard it all now.

    Stay away from wives tales, any 'hacks' or shortcuts. There are none. That's just the industry preying on the weak and lazy. What works is painfully simple. If you want to eat less chocolate, just man up and stay away from it.

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    Re: Sticking to diet & avoiding cravings 2018/07/14 15:13:57 (permalink)
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    Same here. Only thing I have found that works is not to buy it. Was fine when I lived on my own, and fine when my wife was on a pre-wedding diet, but since the wedding it has all gone wrong! If it's in the cupboard it won't be there long.
    post edited by Furious D - 2018/07/20 06:37:12
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    Re: Sticking to diet & avoiding cravings 2018/07/14 15:22:59 (permalink)
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    Wife and kids so there is definitely going to be temptation at home. It's probably why the evening is the worst period for me in terms of eating sweet things.
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    Re: Sticking to diet & avoiding cravings 2018/07/18 01:03:10 (permalink)
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    First week is the hardest. I was eating chocolate and crisps everyday for months until 3 weeks ago. Think I had one bar of chocolate and a bag of crisps when I was drunk.
     
    On a weird diet regime which is working fairly well so will stick to it. I love my few pints most days (light beers only) and can still drop weight but if Im eating junk too it would be relatively pointless eating clean meals

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    Re: Sticking to diet & avoiding cravings 2018/07/18 07:37:34 (permalink)
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    Protein shakes blended with stevia, ice and xanthan gum make a great ice-cream alternative (any protein source, whey, quark, cottage cheese, skyr, eggs, whatever).
     
    Diluted apple cider vinegar reduces hunger (I prefer it with sugar free squash or some stevia and ginger).

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    Re: Sticking to diet & avoiding cravings 2018/07/18 14:26:50 (permalink)
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    Try a whole foods plant based diet. So far it seems to be working for me, and I don't see myself getting fat again, I do now and again eat vegan junk food, normally about once a week I will.

    I do a lot of push ups and sit ups. And I drink plenty of milk.

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    Re: Sticking to diet & avoiding cravings 2018/07/18 18:04:08 (permalink)
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    Two ways you can approach this IMO mate:
     
    1) complete and total abstinence from sugary and fat snacks. It is hard for about one week. After that it's like your body stops craving it. I was able to sit at a table at easter and whilst everyone was hoaring into chocolate I was happy with my cup of tea. Chocolate I think is actually addictive, or rather, the endorphins and serotonin it releases are addictive.
     
    2) retrain your brain into a negative feedback loop. Find something that you don't particularly like to eat but have a small dose of it every time you get a craving. For example, I hate coconut oil. Makes me shudder when I taste it. Every time I find myself thinking about chocolate or a craving I'll go to the pantry and have a teaspoon of that. Pretty soon you will train your brain to have a negative association with the craving. Same thing works for all sorts of addictions.
     
    Just a little application is all that is needed mate.

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    Re: Sticking to diet & avoiding cravings 2018/07/19 22:16:24 (permalink)
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    Thanks for all the advise guys, appreciate it. Definitely won't be going vegan any time soon though!!!
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    Re: Sticking to diet & avoiding cravings 2018/07/20 08:27:48 (permalink)
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    Brett, good one on the negative feed back loop, never thought of that.
     
    Peanut, you don't have to go fully vegan to incorporate some of Boss' advice, just drastically upping your fibrous plant based foods will keep you full.  Also, things like konjac based pasta substitutes work great (if you like pasta).
     
    A current favourite is;
    1 x 200g pack of konjac fettuccine (20 cals)
    100g low fat/protein cheese (170cals)
    2 eggs (150 cals)
    broccoli & mushrooms
    nutritional yeast
     
    Whole thing comes in at under 400 cals, low carb, over 50g of protein, high fibre, very filling, cooks in a microwave in a single bowl.

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    Re: Sticking to diet & avoiding cravings 2018/07/20 11:46:53 (permalink)
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    Brett
    I'll go to the pantry 




    You have a pantry, the last person I know to use that term was my nan and she died 40 years ago (bless her) aged 70. 

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    Re: Sticking to diet & avoiding cravings 2018/07/26 17:58:14 (permalink)
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    silent rep
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    I'll go to the pantry 




    You have a pantry, the last person I know to use that term was my nan and she died 40 years ago (bless her) aged 70. 



    Lol! We ALL have pantrys in Australia. What do you call them?

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    Re: Sticking to diet & avoiding cravings 2018/07/27 10:25:12 (permalink)
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    I've not seen a pantry for decades.  I remember my gran having one.
     
    I think it's due to a number of things in the UK; houses are smaller, fridges and freezers are bigger and people have less raw ingredients as they shop smaller and eat pre-prepped meals more.
     
    Thinking about it, I would love a pantry for all my food, powders and tuperware!

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    Re: Sticking to diet & avoiding cravings 2018/07/27 11:38:35 (permalink)
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    MrReps
    I used to have the sweetest tooth ever. I could easily have a whole pack of biscuits in one sitting. Used to buy a chocolate bar every time I went to get petrol, used to have a dessert every time I eat out. Now my sugar intake is nil apart from what's naturally in healthy food like fruit.

    Like an alcoholic it's all or nothing for me. I just one day decided to cut out all that crap. Amazingly I stopped craving it (eating sugar only makes you want to eat more of it) and it is much easier to maintain this low sugar diet than I ever imagined. Some say reward yourself with a little treat every few days but I know if I did that I would crave more.

    So what worked for me was cutting it out altogether. Sounds hard but it's much easier than you think. Its way more satisfying having this willpower than the few seconds of mouth orgasms.

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    Exactly this! Some foods (refined sugar and refined carbs) are plainly addictive and humans have not evolved to be consuming them. They’re like drugs. This is why a third of the developed world is obese!!

    I go to overeaters anonymous. This helps. I know it sounds ridiculous but I was in very bad and hopeless place where I was eating junk food and sugar against my will, OA taught me that I’m a compulsive over eater and certain foods are just not safe for me to consume, ever (trigger foods).
    post edited by exharris - 2018/07/27 11:40:46
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    Re: Sticking to diet & avoiding cravings 2018/07/27 18:50:07 (permalink)
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    what is your goal ?
     
    a structured diet helps a lot , healthy fats, foods that give good satiety .
     
    a few things I use around my structured diet are.
     
    Konjac noodles /rice/pasta
    diet drinks like coke, dr pepper
    sugar free cordials, ice slush's
    nut butters (in moderation)
    fage greek yoghurt
    chewing gum
    high protein pork scratchings
    quorn 
    pickled cabbage
    sugar snap peas/spinnach/celery
    splenda
    diabetic jam , as you can eat more of it .
    lots of fluid 
    sauces/condiments 
    kratom
    the rice cakes with a bit of chocolate on them are pretty good for cravings as with all foods if you adjust for calories
     
     
     
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