Post # 1
I’ve been having crazy cravings lately and been having the hardest time NOT giving in. It seems that from time to time, my will power goes out the door and I have no idea where it’s run off to!
I’m looking for your fool-proof methods for fighting cravings… mine for the last couple hours has been: CHOCOLATE!!!
Post # 3
In My Humble Opinion not giving in to cravings often leads to over indulging later on. I have lost 120 pounds and my method was always having a little and not a lot.
For example, last night after volleyball I was DYING for chocolate. Instead of cracking open a box of cookies or a bag of M&M’s I opted for about five chocolate chips (the baking kind). It was enough to satisfy the craving and wasn’t so much in the calorie/fat department that I feel guilty.
For me it is all about portion control and not about doing without.
Post # 4
Increase your fat and lower your carbs. You can still do this while watching calories.
Post # 5
Eat something. I usually have about 10 almonds and that satisfies me till the next meal.
Post # 6
1. Drink water and then if you are still hungry 20 min later then eat a light meal.
2. Eat lots of small meals you don’t have time to ever get hungry.
3. I don’t keep anything but the bare bones in the house.
4. Chew gum
5. Keep a picture of your dress or honeymoon swimsuit on hand. If you get hungry look at it and decide which you want more.
Post # 7
Earlier I was DYING for a chips ahoy cookie. I asked Fiance to grab me one cookie. Instead he came back with a small piece of chocolate with almonds. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but it held me over. Now I’m just focusing on drinking more water than I have in awhile (it’s all I ever drink).
My snack today after lunch though was a small handful of dry roasted peanuts with sea salt. It does the job.
Post # 8
Brush your teeth! The mint taste and the clean feeling helps curb any stomach growling or cravings.
Post # 10
Thanks for the suggestions, everyone.
I think a huge trigger for me caving into cravings has been the 2 glasses of wine I’ve been enjoying in the evening. As much as it makes me sad – I think I have to give those up, in order to get my snack-binging in order.
I’m feeling super bummed out, because I gave up wine to lose weight for the wedding and I feel like I paid my dues (thinking I could re-add wine, in maintenance mode)… but I think it’s just a catalyst to poor eating choices.
I also thought I could just have it on the weekend, but if it’s the house, I’ll inevitably open a bottle and enjoy a glass (without having restraint til the weekend).
Post # 11
A hand full of unsalted almonds is great for late night cravings. Drink a glass of water and maybe add a few chocolate chips (like 5-10) with the almonds and it is really filling. Also, Kashi makes chewy snack bars that have a few chocolate chips on top. Also, if you crave it…get it out of the house. If it is not there to tempt you, then it is not so bad.
Post # 12
I find if I drink wine then I crave food as well! but if I have a gin and slimline tonic then I’m fine.
I heard an awesome tip on a tv show once about food cravings: whatever it is you’re craving, just picture that food sitting on the table covered in insects/maggots/spiders (whatever you HATE) and it will put you off! you definitely won’t want it then. nasty but it definitely works.
and just don’t buy the stuff so it isn’t there to tempt you, as @jules24chi: says!
Post # 13
I crave chocolate CONSTANTLY and am trying to lose weight and eat less. The best thing that I’ve found out there are those new Fiber One 90 calorie brownies….They’re actually really tasty!! I’ve been having one every evening after supper, they keep me sane 🙂
Post # 14
I second TreeJewel120 – usually if you have a little of what you are craving (chased down with a big glass of water) it help to keep on the straingt and narrow later.
I buy a bag of Hershey Kisses….and only have 1 when I need it. (The key is to have 1 kiss and not 15 of them, though!! – that is what the wtaer chaser is for!)
Post # 15
Thanks all for the water reminder. I KNOW that works… I just haven’t been disciplined to put.down.the.bag… and reach for the water. I should make myself run around the block, every time I’m tempted… maybe that will teach me 😉
OK – tonight: WATER WATER WATER.
Post # 16
If your craving is chocolate, maybe grab a DELICIOUS Snackwells Devils Food Cookie (but just one)! I had forgotten that they existed but my coworker just offered me one. 50 calories and so delicious! http://www.nabiscoworld.com/Brands/ProductInformation.aspx?BrandKey=snackwells&Site=1&Product=4400004754