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

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 18
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Hmm..Could be a hormonal issue or deficiency. Many women can be active, eat within reason and really make no progress due to body chemisty. Also, If you on any type of meds ( anti-depressants, BC pills, etc) it may be a factor.

Personally I loose the most when I eat “clean”. If you still love carbs I reccomend eating 
gluten free” options and see how you feel.

A lot of times emotional/psychological factors are involved, so there may be some things you could address with a counselor on or some type of self help. I was a “boredom” eater when growing up and got heavy. I really had to address my boredom binge cycle to re learn how to function on a normal eating schedule per my bodies request not by instant gratification, emotional calming or space fillers.

But do remember, you are beautiful at any size, and you must be super excited about your upcoming marriage!!!! ( sorry random but I just noticed your date is creeping up )

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am a really picky eater and I find it hard resisting cookies or candy, oh gosh or cake.  All so good.  I do weight watchers and that has helped me a lot.  It keeps me accountable because I am having to put what I eat into the tracker every day.  Also, I only get 26 points a day, and I would rather use those points on something that will fill me up than on fluff, but I know if I want the fluff I just have to make room for it in my points.  I have found some go to foods that are low points and that I really like. When I really am bad and eat something terrible, then I try to do like 30 minutes on the elliptical or something.  I have a hard time with self control, but I have lost weight doing what I’m doing so I’m hoping to keep it up.  

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I think the important distinction for me is between foods I don’t like and foods I dislike.  If there are certain flavors or textures that totally repulse you, don’t bother (for me, one of those is mushroom…I’m still trying, and I can sneak them in to cooked dishes, but they still gross me out).  But research what foods are healthiest for you.  You should explore lots of different fruits and veggies, and you should be trying to get as much protein and fiber into your diet as possible.  Try things you haven’t tried before, and give other foods a second chance.  The big thing for me has been to commit to give things at the very least a week or two before I write them off.  Your taste buds are flexible!  Trust me, you can train yourself to like things that you don’t particularly care for at first.

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@galloway111:  Here are my pointers:

1. When you eat something (whether it’s mac n cheese or refried beans) measure out the portion size.  Literally measure it.  Then eat one portion size and drink a glass of water during and afterward.  Or drink tea or whatever you like to drink.  It sometimes takes up to 30 min, but do NOT let yourself eat more of that meal… you can have carrots, broccoli, other veggies, but not another portion size of the meal.  After 30 min, you’ll feel full but not overly stuffed.

2. When you have a craving for something sweet, have a few strawberries or another fruit that tastes sweet (honeydew, peaches, etc).  Add a little whipped cream or cool whip if you need to, just don’t over do that stuff.  The sweet fruit and whipped cream should take care of your sweet craving.

3. If you have a sweet or salty craving that’s just bugging you to death and you want to eat everything in the world, my go-to food is pickles.  They’re no calories, and their flavor is so strong that after one or two, I’m not craving anything sweet or salty anymore.  I know it sounds weird, but it actually works!

Post # 25
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

From personal experience I have noticed that when I am eating healthier I lose interest in the sweet stuff. I’m a believer that our bodies become addicted to sweet stuff too, so this may be a reason why you struggle with it. I’m not a “dieter,” so I cannot help you in suggesting specific diets, but I can make one suggestion: Drink lots of water!!! Starting this year I made effort to drink 64oz a day and I have lost weight without even trying (okay, well I guess purposefully drinking water is trying, but loosing weight was not the goal). I used to hate (hate!) drinking water, but my eye doctor of all people told me I need to for the health of my eyes. I bought a waterbottle with a built-in straw, because I find I drink more when using a straw. Months later, I now don’t crave much besides water to drink. You can also stop buying other refreshments, and that will help encourage more water drinking AND you’d be amazed in how many “empty” calories people drink every single day (juice, soda, etc…). On that same note, I would also recommend that you cut out even the “diet” drinks because they will encourage sweet tooth cravings. Hope this info helps & I wish you the best!!!

P.S. I know you said you don’t have much time to work out, but Jillian Micheals 30 day shred is only a 20 min workout & I really think you could squeeze that in your schedule somewhere πŸ˜‰

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@galloway111:  I tried myfitnesspal and am now on WW also.  The biggest difference is that myfitnesspal allows you to add whatever you’re eating and all you’re doing is tracking general foods or calories.  WW is helping me eyeball proper portion sizes as well as taking into account a balance of carbs, protein, good fats, and fiber.  I haven’t given up anything I eat, but I’ve made some substitutions… such as low-carb high fiber tortillas instead of corn or flour ones, and delightfully light wheat bread instead of regular wheat bread.  I’ve only been on it a week and lost just over 6 pounds so far.  

For me, WW has taught not only a way to lose weight, but to also eat healthy so that my arteries stay clean  =o)

Post # 27
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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@galloway111:  I absolutely think part of why it works is because I pay for it.  If I have a bad month or week or something and I see the 17 dollars come out of my account I get really tough on myself.  I just to work that much harder to stick with it.  

I eat lean cuisines for lunch, which has really helped me.  They actually taste good, are really filling and cost about 2.49 or so.  I’m a teacher in a rural school, so these are easy to bring along with me and throw in the microwave.  I do a lot of things with chicken because it is low points.  I eat rotisserie chicken a lot.  I also make this vegetable/minestrone soup that tastes so good and is really low in points.  I make a big pot of it and it lasts like a week.  I’m having a mental block on the other things I eat.  Oh, I do eat those Special K strawberry bars or whatever.  They are 3 points and taste like poptarts.  There are 2 in a package and they are a great pick me up when I’m starting to get hungry between lunch and dinner.  The great thing about weight watchers now, too, is that lots of fruits and vegetables are free, so I use those as my snacks sometimes.  I’ll eat and apple or a banana if I need a snack.  You can’t eat too much of them, but it does help encourage me to eat those healthy things because I know I’ll still have points after.  haha

Post # 28
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Bee Keeper

I think you should do some research on what foods are truly healthy vs marketed as healthy. Trying to eat as many low fat or fat free foods you can is awful for you. Low fat and fat free are really code for chemicals that nobody needs. Your body needs fat to function. You just need the right kinds of fat (obviously nothing fried, hydrogenated, etc). Try doing some research to empower yourself. 

Btw–getting enough of the right kinds of fats ia crucial for your brain and will help with depression. Good luck!

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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@galloway111: I feel your pain. Since I met Fiance I gained about 30 pounds. It was really hard for me to face, especially considering I am only 5’1, and I wasn’t that skinny to begin with. When I’m craving something sweet, I’ll make a cup of flavored tea (not the bottled stuff). Mightyleaf has a pretty awesome selection such as chocolate truffle and orange du luce. Most of the tea are 0 calories and are chockful of anti-oxidants. Another thing is if I’m craving sweet, I’ll often bring apple slices to munch on or other fruit which is also a great source of fiber. Another thing I eat (in moderation) are toasted almonds. Slowly switch one of your go-to desserts for a healthier option and work your way to phasing out the rest of the junk. You’ll be surprised over time how you won’t miss any of that processed stuff.

Post # 31
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@galloway111:  Mac n cheese is a pretty heavy meal, so if you eat a portion size of that and a couple glasses of water, you’ll feel full.  I have no doubts about it  =o)  It took me a few days to realize that “hey, you know what?  I’m not hungry anymore” and it was usually within 30 min after a meal.  But also try to eat things that are heavier if you’re worried about not feeling full – chicken without the skin, hummus, legumes.  Throw some hummus, lettuce, tomatoes, and a little bit of light dressing in a wrap and you have a good, balanced meal.  Or sub grilled chicken for the hummus.  If you’re hungry between meals, take a slice of deli turkey and roll it with a piece of lettuce and cheese, and you have a protein filled snack.  

Do you like eggs?  Hard boiled eggs are a great snack to fill you up, or smash them with light mayo and have an egg salad sandwich.

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