Post # 1
I have lost 11 pounds so far (yay!) by counting calories and exercising. My only problem: cravings. Today I was sad and PMSing so I ordered pizza. Four piece later, my calories are blown for today and nothing is better.
I give myself credit, though. Prior to this, I would have used this as an excuse to go on a binge.
So how do I keep cravings (particularly for sweets/pizza) or bad moods from derailing my diet?
Post # 2
You could find another activity to do. Exercising, knitting, reading, looking at things on the internet — basically anything that will calm you down and take your mind off of whatever the problem is.
To satisfy cravings, you could find healthy things to munch on or drink. Some people find that drinking water or tea helps them with cravings; after they drink it they don’t crave whatever food they were thinking of. You could also eat something that is healthy that will satisfy the craving. I’ve found that spicy things like jalapeños, and sweet things like a little granola, Greek yogurt, and honey, are very satisfying.
Post # 3
If having one cheat meal is going to stop you from completely derailing and bingeing, then do it! It’s good for your mental health to have a naughty treat once in a while. Of course, if a cheat meal ends up turning into a cheat week then you’ve got to reassess, but there’s nothing wrong with the odd naughty food once in a while! You might find that a cheat here and there actually helps you stay on track and motivated the rest of the time 🙂
Post # 4
Agreed. Many people now believe that a cheat meal or a cheat day about once a week (or less) helps boost your metabolism and enhances fat loss. Obviously don’t go crazy with it, but don’t beat yourself up.
Post # 5
I think by stocking your house with healthy foods that you can eat without feeling guilty about. Try greek yogurt with honey and fruit, carrots with hummus, peanut butter with apples etc.
Post # 6
I remember reading a study in children that said kids who were completely denied sugar at home later binged way past their limit the minute they got their hands on it at school or a friend’s house, or when they were old enough to buy their own. I assume the same can go for an adult. Allowing yourself a gooey dessert or a slice of pizza or something once every one or two weeks is probably ok as long you’re still burning more calories than you consume overall – if you can find a recipe for whatever you crave in a healthier version, even better.