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Kicking Junkfood??


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I live with some one who barely, if ever gains weight. My room-mate always brings home cookies, popcorn, chocolate, and all this other stuff that is not good for me. I wanna lose some weight by mid-April, so I can actually wear a bathing suit to this theme park we are going to. The problem is I am addicted to junk food. The most I have gone without it is a couple of hours. I exercise, but it seems useless. I'm tired of it and it is horrible, and I can't tell her to stop because it's her place too. How do I get unhooked?
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Not sure if you are looking for a magical answer that will somehow infiltrate your mind and suddenly erase the addiction (if only it were that easy and movies like Inception were true).... You get unhooked by eating healthy.

How do you quit cigarettes? By not smoking them.

How do you stop doing drugs? By not doing them.

Same with eating fast-food. Learn some good, easy recipes you can cook up at home and make yourself healthy food. The more you do it the better you'll get at it and the more you'll be able to do in the kitchen and make more enjoyable and creative meals.

Also don't completely wean yourself off. It's a process that takes months so slowly tone down your fast-food intake. Don't just cut it out completely as that will only lead to failure.

Try replacing junk fast food with healthier fast food. Home made pizza over takeaway. Subway over mc donalds and smaller portions. Step at a time. Coninue with the exercise. Come n read the weight loss forum everyday. Soon you'll see progress and get "addicted" to the healthy lifestyle as oposed to for one trip to a theme park.

I wouldn't recommend pizza cause it has an as high glycemic index as hamburger buns, which will spike the insulin in your blood. Try to get whole wheat bread with grains and some tasty high quality ham with it. Don't eat fried stuff at all if possible, lean meat(the opposite of burgers), fresh vegetables and fruits will help you much in losing weight, also skip any soda, it might be hard at first but in the long run you're going to be happy with just a glass of water with some lemon juice in it!

Try to be radical, eat apples, bananas, strawberries and other fruits. Also tell your roomate that eating that junk won't do her any good. Even if she doesn't put on weight, eventually she will suffer by eating that junk in the long term, she will die a few years sooner, suffer diabetes in the future and will get sick easier.

Nothing good comes out of junk food,  it's expensive, tastes awful(after you got rid of the addiction that is) and will cause you to suffer and cuts your lifespan. Every Burger is a step further to your grave. - Not joking, not at all...

Maybe you can make a connection in your head that your roommates snacks are not yours. 

Hey Kiwi,

Just thought I'd share because I'm going through a similar situation as you.  My boyfriend who I live with has hardly any fat on him due to his labour intense job.  I feel that throwing out all junk food and what he likes to eat would not be fair to him, so I still have junk and crap in the house.

I'm trying to lose weight and have been doing this for some time now.  Every time I go into the pantry it's in view.  It really does take will power to NOT eat it.  That is all I go on.  I really want to lose this weight so I force myself not to touch the junk food.

So how bad do you want it?  If you want it bad enough remind yourself of this before you reach for that junk.  Think about if you would rather eat, or if you would rather look great in that bathing suit. 

You CAN do this.  Keep up the exercise and avoid that junk food.  You will be so proud of yourself. 

My husband is like this too...he loves junk food and is still very fit.  The problem we have is that we like to eat together, we are both quite busy with school and work so sometimes it the only time we have together.

I just make sure that I have comparable foods in the house.  For instance when he reaches for tortilla chips and queso I make a bag of Orville Redenbacher Smart Pop at 100 calories.  If he's having ice cream I have sherbert or a Skinny Cow ice cream treat.  He has a big glass of pop and I have a Metro Mint Chocolate Mint water (SO good!) 

It adds time to our shopping trip but there are options out there that will let you feel like your getting a treat without adding a ton of calories to your day.  Others on here might say that you should just reach for carrot sticks, but if that isn't what you are craving than they won't satisfy you and you'll end up eating more.

And yes, we still eat fast food too (I know - the horror).  However, I plan my meal before we get there.  I stay away from fried or breaded chicken and fish.  Skip the fries and order apple sticks or a side salad.

Remember that this is not a "diet" this a lifestyle change.  You can find ways to eat all the things you love if you work at it and you have to be realistic or you won't stick to it.

Best advice (because i know how hard it is to avoid that, i have kids), Smart pop popcorn only 100 calories. south beach whipped chocolate almond bars (delicious!)...

all kinds of healthy junk foods. including my old standby, lots and lots of fruits!!

good luck!!

I have an idea for the popcorn. Why don't you make your own? Air popped popcorn is healthy. It has a little natural sweetness, so it's okay on its own. Or you can add pepper, parmasan cheese or whatever you like. If you have salted popcorn, you're able to control how much salt goes on it etc.

You can do it in a microwave apparently, but I've tried that and it didn't work, so I bought a popcorn maker.

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You can do it in a microwave apparently, but I've tried that and it didn't work, so I bought a popcorn maker.


I pop mine by dumping 1/4-1/3 cup kernels into a brown paper bag. I fold it over 2-3 times and cook it in the microwave until 1-2 seconds pass between pops. You can add oil but it should work just fine without.

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When I started to give up these foods, after an initial struggle, I found I didn't crave them anymore. Then I would "treat" myself to something sweet one day and I would start craving them all the more. Just stick to your guns and find some healthy substitution snacks and you should stop craving them in no time. Good luck!
Original Post by kiwiflower:

I live with some one who barely, if ever gains weight. My room-mate always brings home cookies, popcorn, chocolate, and all this other stuff that is not good for me. I wanna lose some weight by mid-April, so I can actually wear a bathing suit to this theme park we are going to. The problem is I am addicted to junk food. The most I have gone without it is a couple of hours. I exercise, but it seems useless. I'm tired of it and it is horrible, and I can't tell her to stop because it's her place too. How do I get unhooked?

Arm yourself!

Browse the grocery store for healthier snack options, and food in general, and keep it onhand so when she brings home ice cream, you've got a lighter version of ice cream to have with her. When she brings home popcorn, you've got the small, 100 calorie pack to have instead, etc.

I love sugarfree chocolate pudding..when I'm around my boyfriend and not wanting to splurge, this has saved me from reaching for his candy, ice cream, cookies, etc.

He never gains weight either, but he does have an extremely active, physical job, and is a guy, so you know how they can eat.

 

Tell your roomate.. like I tell my husband if you wanna  eat that crap that's fine but hide in your room or somewhere where i can't see it or find it so when I'm hungry and I go to the cupboard and open it there's nothing there to tempt me.

This works well in our house...I also tell him that under no circumstances is he to give me any junk food. He kind of enjoys eating that stuff in front of me..it's almost like a game hahaha

Original Post by kiwiflower:

I live with some one who barely, if ever gains weight. My room-mate always brings home cookies, popcorn, chocolate, and all this other stuff that is not good for me. I wanna lose some weight by mid-April, so I can actually wear a bathing suit to this theme park we are going to. The problem is I am addicted to junk food. The most I have gone without it is a couple of hours. I exercise, but it seems useless. I'm tired of it and it is horrible, and I can't tell her to stop because it's her place too. How do I get unhooked?

For me personally I dont necessarily "kick junkfood". I do make sure that mostly meals consist of more healthy choices that I like. I always stress that if you are going to try to eat more healthy make sure its the healthy stuff that taste good to you or you will end up forsaking healthy food. So when I shopped for healthier food I picked up food that tastes good to me though its healthy (chicken breasts, fresh fruits, avocados yummy!). When I stock my fridge with YUMMY healthy food I cant wait to come home and eat a meal lol. Whereas if I just stock up on healthy food thats not exciting then I am going to look for fast food or junk food. 

However I do fit junk food into my calories. I have mostly healthy food in my house. However I do have junk food in my house as well. So if I want to snack on some junk food during a meal I will fit one serving of that junk food and the rest of my servings in that meal is healthy food. Or I may eat one junk food for that day and the rest of my meals that entire day are all healthy.

Like for lunch I had a chicken sandwhich, apple, & one serving of Lays chips. One morning I had a poptart, boiled egg, & some berries .

When you start incorporating more healthy choices instead of just cutting junk food completely cold turkey then you will begin to sometimes preferring the healthier choices over the junk food especially when you find that the healthier choices are more filling and it really helps when its healthy food that tastes good to you. I think its very hard for people who are use to junk food to just quit cold turkey.

So in my opinion just bring in healthier DELICIOUS groceries and eat more of that than the junk food. Just make sure that it fits within your calories and you should be fine.

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