Post # 1
Started a diet/exercise plan this week and feel tempted all the time with cookies, candies, etc
I want to change this into a lifestyle not just for me to lose the weight but realize the amount of snacking on junk has to go or this won’t be long lasting
For people who have drastically changed their lifestyle of eating junk to healthy, how did you do it, how did you not go crazy, did you cheat? Tips/advice appreciated to motivate me through this.
Post # 3
For candy fixes: skinny cow candies, or individually wrapped dove dark chocolates. Esp. with the dove chocolates sometimes all I need is one to get the taste and indulgence feeling. If they’re individually wrapped it makes me think about opening another one.
Post # 4
Oh and frozen grapes are awesome snacks, too!
Post # 5
You have to find what works for you. Some people say indulge every once in a while, but for me, I do better if I just don’t even start. I work in a doctor’s office where drug reps bring in treats constantly. I just try to not even look at them and stay out of the kitchen. Also don’t have your temptation in your house.
My other trick is to have a treat that is within my weight loss regimen… Currently almond butter for me. I keep that in the kitchen at work so that I can have that rather than treats. If I’m really desperate I get a diet coke.
Also drink a lot of water to keep yourself full.
And one more thing: sometimes, it just sucks. Sometimes it’s really hard. But nothing tastes as good as skinny feels!
Post # 6
I am actually waiting until after halloween to do any kind of dieting because I am such a sucker for candy and right now I just cant stay out of it. For all the other holidays I will eat as light as I can and make up for all the bad stuff by exercising just a little more.
Post # 7
@elliptical2013: I’m currently doing an exercise/diet plan and I found the best thing to do is just not have any of that junk in the house. If I have a craving for candy, cookies, etc. I have a piece of fruit to appease my sweet tooth.
Though of course with the holidays coming up it gets harder to not give into temptation at family parties and such so I say moderation is key! Limit yourself to 1 or 2 not so healthy items in an appropriate serving size. For me, if I am too strict with myself I tend to cave in at one point or another and end up over-indulging. So it’s okay to cheat every once in a while in my book 😉
Post # 8
I’m really trying to change my mind about the junk food completely, I don’t want to have this terrible love/hate relationship with food
I want to have a LOVE LOVE relationship with food and with my self esteem.
In terms of eating out, how do you regulate yourself? Cause that is a must as fiance and I are not home often and socialize on a weekday basis with coworkers/friends
even the salads at restaurants are huge.
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
We don’t keep it in the house. It saves us from ourselves.
Post # 10
@elliptical2013: I have always been in shape and been active/ worked out, but when I wanted to take my fitness to the next level, I had to start cutting out junk food. It is very hard to do! What I do is remind myself of all of the payoffs for eating healthy. It may sound terrible, but when I consider what it would be like to have Diabetes Mellitus II, high cholesterol, heart disease, or how embarrassed I’d feel to live in a body I find unattractive, I feel very motivated. When I see someone fit, strong, and healthy I think “that’s worth more than a cookie”. Likewise, when I talk with someone who has a very unattractive body and health problems related to being overweight, I also remind myself that no junk food is a trade worthy of that.
The My Fitness Pal app can help you determine the calories in meals served at restaurants. I look up the nutritional data of what’s on the menus. It helps a lot.
Post # 11
Don’t buy that crap in the first place. It helps a LOT not having it in the house.
I also try not to deprive myself. I can still do better, but if I really want something sweet, I’ll have it… I just won’t do it every day.
Post # 12
The best way to hinder your temptations is to rid your diet of anything that could be tempting. I’m not a big advocate for “diet” cookies, candies and desserts. Because they do nothing to help you learn self discipline and change your lifestyle. You are almost setting yourself up for failure. You need to eat clean, unprocessed foods… Which your body will eventually get used to. Sugar is an addicition, and your body goes through a detox process. If you have sweet cravings, you opt for fresh fruits, small amounts of natural peanut butter, or in the worst case scenario maybe the occasional sugar free treat like a jello or pudding (As to not completely feel like you are depriving yourself)… Only in moderation, though.
If you make yourself eat healthy “mini-meals” every 2-3 hours, you will find that you will almost need to force yourself to eat most times… Versus eating because you are hungry. It’s when you allow yourself to get too hungry that you behind craving bad things.
Have a strict policy that you absolutely don’t eat anything from anywhere with a drive-thru window. Stop going out to eat, period, if you think you don’t have the self control to make good choices. And don’t think obvious “good choices” are really all that good If you do go out. You’d be surprised (I get sickened when I see the fat and calories in seemingly healthy dishes that I used to eat all the time). Look at a nutritional menu and pick what you are going to eat (fitting within your diet) before you even leave for the restaurant, and stick to it. Also, don’t drink alcohol.
The first 2-3 weeks are absolutely the hardest both physically, emotionally and mentally. Do whatever it takes to avoid caving… Whether its a picture of a bathing suit you want, another womans body that you want (with a figure similar to your own, so that it’s realistic to you), whatever. The minute you “cheat”, the harder it will be the get back on track.
Post # 13
@elliptical2013: In terms of eating out… for us it’s pretty easy because we view it as a treat, so we do order what we want since we eat out only 2 meals per week on an average week. We don’t pig out, but it’s ok to have “bad” food in moderation.
Look for food on the menu that is baked vs. fried, doesn’t have creamy sauces, etc. Ask for dressing on the side. Ask for half your meal to be packed up before it’s even brought to you. Skip the bread basket. Skip alcohol. Get sparkling water vs. pop. Pack healthy lunches yourselves when you can. Cook very healthy food on the nights where you don’t eat out. Socialize by doing other stuff than eating out.
Post # 14
@canarydiamond: this is such a good tip
“Ask for half your meal to be packed up before it’s even brought to you”
II am definitely going to do this from now on.
Post # 15
@elliptical2013: Glad I could help. Restaurant portions are GIGANTIC sometimes, but it’s soo tempting to eat what’s on the plate. I rarely finish most restaurant meals, but I generally eat too much!
Post # 16
@elliptical2013: When I’m watching what I eat, I will order my meal and as soon as I get it I’ll cut it in half and ask for a to-go container. I have never asked to have it packed up for me, but this seems to work really well!
Also having tea after dinner, or brushing my teeth will stop me from snacking… although i sometimes will have to just avoid the kitchen for the rest of the evening… even if that means the dishes don’t get done, oh darn! lol