(Closed) Sweet tooth & pickey eater bees… how do/did you lose weight?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

Honestly….I have a huge sweet tooth and I have been a picky eater most of my life but I just really make myself eat veggies and things I don’t like as much. Because they make me feel good and I know my body needs good things to fuel it. So it’s kinda like a suck it up mentality for me–because I can’t just have one bite of anything either. It’s easier for me to avoid junk all together. 

That said, you have to start somewhere. I have been eating a paleo diet for the last 6 months and it’s difficult, but doable. And I still get to eat things like cheese I love. You have to be creative on a diet like that, but I find I feel much better than if I just eat whatever. 

Maybe try to start small, like a goal of x number of fruits and veggies a day while not really making any drastic changes. I think often the good things we omit is worse for us than the crap we sneak, if that makes sense. You could try juicing fruits and vegetables, and start with sweeter juices that include apples and carrots to get yourself started. 

Try to make small changes like eating dark chocolate with minimal sugar instead of milk chocolate. The little things will add up. I really recommend a paleo diet from personal experience, but it is a commitment you have to want to make. 

None of this is a lose weight fast method, although eating no grains will help to drop pounds quickly. It’s best, IMO, to make small changes that you can adhere to. Because its not about vanity, it’s about health. The looking good is an added bonus in my eyes. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@galloway111:  Sugar & carbs are viewed by your body very similarly. The problem is that eating carbs/sugar begets desire to eat more carbs/sugar. Give yourself a goal of clean eating for one day. Then, when you see your body can get through one day, try 3 days. Then, when you see you can do 3 days, do a week. It’s funny how when you give up excess carbs/sugar, your body no longer craves them.

And, trust me, this comes from a former bread/sugar addict. I used to say, word for word, “I could never give up carbs/sugar/bread/pasta”. Now, pasta doesn’t even appeal to me.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@galloway111:  Have you tried julienned zucchini instead of pasta with red sauce? Eat cheese sauce on top of broccoli instead of mac’n’cheese? Eat all your “sandwich toppings” on a bed of lettuce instead of a sandwich bun?

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I LOVE all things sugar related!  I am also a super picky eater, I don’t really like vegetables.  I have the eating habits of a small child.  I lost close to 50 lbs by doing Weight Watchers and I’ve kept it off for around 7 years now.  I was still able to eat all of the foods I love, I just learned how to portion better.  I did change my diet for example I now use ground turkey and low fat ingredients when I cook at home.  I was able to budget my points so that I had desert every night at dinner, and yummy snacks during the day.  Even if desert was just an ice cream bar I was still able to have it daily! Fiance also lost 80 lbs on weight watchers and has kept it off for 3 years now. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

@galloway111:  Nobody can motivate you but yourself! And I used to eat primarily carbs too. It’s extremely unhealthy, because the sugar is just not what your body is designed to run on, and you are missing almost all of the nutrients you need for good health. So basically you have to decide it’s worth it to try and stop making excuses, or just keep on with the pasta. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I stopped eating after 7 and drink lots of water with every meal and I lost a few pounds just like that.

Also, try the Jillian Michael 30-day shred. It’s a 1-hour workout crammed into 20 mins.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I have to say, for me, I had to give myself time to get used to new flavors.  Power through!  If you’re really committed to losing weight, you’ll try.  There are things like unsweetened coconut milk that I’ve switched to that tasted totally gross when I started, but I’m used to them now (and cow’s milk tastes WAAAY too rich).  In America, we are addicted to unhealthy foods…there is really no other way to describe it.  You have to give your taste buds time to acclimate to the new foods, and you’ll be shocked by how good you feel after a few weeks.  Follow your brain (what you know is healthy for you and will help you meet your goals) rather than your taste buds (what tastes good to you right now).

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@SadieBee:  I agree with this. Also, now, much less sweet foods are pleasing to me, and, when I try traditional “sweet” foods, they taste sickeningly sweet. It’s weird how your taste buds will change after a month or so.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Since you yourself have admitted you are not a motivated person I once again will highly suggest weight watchers.  Yes, it costs money but it’s not super expensive.  I think around $12 a week.  The meetings are really cheesy but super helpful because you are surrounded by a support system.  My weekly group helped me to stay motiviated and on track, without those meeting I would not have been able to do it. It sounds like you need someone to help guide you though it and need someone to help hold you accountable. 

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