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I've been on this site for two weeks and have lost 5 pounds!! I am so proud of myself, but it gets soo hard sometimes to not binge on chips or cookies.  It's like a terrible addiction.  I'm trying to not have junk food in my house, but I don't want my family to suffer just because I am trying to eat better.  The other day I got my daughters teddy grahams out and before I knew it I ate almost the whole box.  I was thinking about something else and didn't even realize what I was doing.  I get so mad at myself when I do stupid stuff like that.  I've always loved junk food, especially sweets.  Does this urge ever go away?

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I know how you feel.  What I've tried (and this may seem a little drastic ) is when I buy a box of something like teddy grahams I will IMMEDIATELY get little plastic bags and make serving size baggies of it.  Maybe not the entire box at once but at least a few so that I know what a serving size is and I'm not mindlessly eating an entire box.  Been there, done that :-P  Also eating some veggies/fruit first and drinking some water.  Mostly I find that I do stuff like that purely out of habit.  So just make a switch.

I give myself one night every week where it's a "free" night. I can eat WHATEVER I want, however much I want, etc etc. So that's my reward for being good the rest of the week. Usually it's  Friday night for me, this week it was Saturday and we went out for pizza!!!

But let yourself have one night a week to binge!

I have lost 4 lbs in 2 weeks with the treat night so it won't mess you up!

No it doesn't go away you have to make it go away. I basically cut out all processed sweets over the course of 6 months about 5 years ago, and now something really sugary is kinda gross. I do eat some bitter sweet chocolate once a week and I eat fruit everyday.

I had a sweet tooth all my life I could finish 2lb. of choclate in 5 min. but when I started my weight loss journey,I completely eliminated processed food from my diet, I know it sounds extreme, I replaced them with fruits, especially red-seedless grapes, whenever I  felt like eating  something sweetI used to snack on grapes, can u believe just in 2 months I got over my addiction of candies and junk food, now even if my favourite candy(snickers, i used to love it a lot) is right in front of me, most of the time i just ignore it, we can control our cravings, but we have to help our body in making decisons, we cannot expect miracles,  try this for some weeks, i m sure u can  feel difference.

My urge to binge on junk food is still present for me after 4 months, but the longer you go without it the easier it is to cope with it in other ways. 

The first thing I always ask myself before I put any food in my mouth is "Am I hungry?"  If the answer is no, I won't eat unless I'm needing food to stay above my daily caloric needs.  If I want to eat something out of my normal eating habits like Teddy Grahams, I'll put my portion in a small bowl or cup and eat them slooowly.  I never eat out of a box, etc. for snacking.  95% of the time I snack healthy though (fruit, couple ounces of protien, etc.)  Make sure you always have your favorite healthy snack available, so you always have a "choice."  I also make it a habit to not eat in front of the TV or while on the computer (just me.)

Once you push through and figure out these little "gotchas", I can tell ya it does get easier as it becomes more routine.  I have little problem turning down food now when I'm out, which was my biggest problem at the start.

Original Post by 7sitka7:

I give myself one night every week where it's a "free" night. I can eat WHATEVER I want, however much I want, etc etc. So that's my reward for being good the rest of the week. Usually it's  Friday night for me, this week it was Saturday and we went out for pizza!!!

But let yourself have one night a week to binge!

I have lost 4 lbs in 2 weeks with the treat night so it won't mess you up!

 

I think you are spot on 7sitka7. For over 2 years now I have also had a cheat day most weekends. I started doing this after I had lost 50 pounds (just over 10% of my starting body weight) and was concerned about experiencing a weight loss plateau. The data I read on avoiding plateau pointed to eating a high calorie/carb food like pizza or whatever you like to fool the metabolism and keep it running. As you mentioned it also takes care of any cravings that might be developing throughout the week. 25 months and 163 pounds lost I still have a cheat day and have the last 25 pounds standing between me and my final goal.

So Almuddo, don't worry about craving junk, its how you handle that craving that will make a big difference. After you cheat, go right back to healthy clean eating until the next weekend arrives. Early on I don't believe having a cheat day is necessary for weight loss success in fact I think it may slow the process just a bit but I know for sure it is important once you've lost 10% of your body weight. It's something to look forward to and it will help you avoid plateau once you reach that part of your journey. Hang in there. 

I try and eat something that I really want to eat every day, but a little bit.  And not crap, if I'm going to eat a piece of chocolate, it's not going to be a chocolate bar from a vending machine, I go to a chocolaterie and get a proper (small) chocolate.  If I'm going to have a cookie, I go to a bakery and buy one really nice cookie.  Then I only have one, because I only physically have one, and I know that tomorrow I can have something else, so it stops me from having more.  I might want more, but sometimes you just have to tell yourself no.

Don't think of your daughter's teddy grahams as your food, it's kid's food.  If you're going to give yourself a treat, give yourself a real treat.  I've lost 6lbs in 3 weeks with this approach.

Personally, cheat days for me end up being cheat week, because if I can cheat for one day I might as well keep going.  But do whatever works for you. 

I understand how you feel. I'm in the same position too. I'm the only one trying to loose weight but I dont want to be selfish with my friends and family. My tricks are to chew a fruity gum (my favorite is Berry Smoothie by Extra. Only 5cals) or during snack time, I make the "unhealthy snacks" and a "healthy snack. I control myself and only eat the healthy snack (my fav. are baby carrots or frozen grapes). It will be hard the first few days but surprisingly now we are all eating the healthy ones. They are doing it to support me and it's a win-win. I've noticed that since I've started to eat healthy, my friends and family are being more educated about it too.

Finally, you can give your kids a healthy snack too, there is nothing wrong with that.

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I dont usually respond to these threads but advising someone to binge one day a week is terrible advice. Im addicted to crack so i'm only going to smoke it once a week.

If you want to make a change in your life make a real change.  I lost 100 lbs about 10 years ago. Beside a lot of hard work  on day 1 I promised myself never again would I eat something that was sold in a gas station or a fast food restaurant.  That stuff is designed to get you addicted to it and make you crave it just like crack. You shouldn't feed your addiction if you ever want to get over it.

if you allow yourself a little somethign every once in a while it may help. otherwise you will end up binging (like what has happened to me all the time!).. in days that you are trying to be "good", try reaching for healthier alternatives to curb your cravings, for instance when i am craving sweets i will eat an apple, sugar free jello, fat free yogurt.... also i reach for baby carrots that satisfies the "crunch" factor i crave, as well as celery.

Just wanted to say I eat Junk food..and I eat it often.  O'wait I did.  I made a commitment to myself a long time ago that I would relearn how to eat.  At time DP and I spent money on Soda, Chips, Ice Cream, Cakes every week. These items were part of our staples. That was over 4 years ago. 

 

These days my shopping lists have more fresh and fruits and veggies than every before.  I also opt for lean meat over ground beef ect. 

I want to tell you its taken a long time to change those habits. A REALLY long time with lots of back sliding. 

We still buy tortilla chips every weekend, we buy one 16 oz bag for a family of 5.  We still buy ice cream but JUST one half gallon, every month. 

We still buy soda and pizza but only and ONLY if they are on sale at less than 50% of retail. (that rarely happens with Soda).

For Cookies, Cakes, Brownies, ect. Those are only made from scratch and home made. this has kept 90% of that junk out of the house because I simply don't feel like making them.  However when they are in the house I help my self to lots and lots.  There's no shame in it either.

 

Good luck

Denise

I have been on this site for almost a month. I have really been working at eating healthier. For the first week the cravings for junk food were terrible but they have been getting better all the time. I have avoided giving myself a "treat" because I am afraid the cravings would come back. I would just try and stick it out and see if the cravings get better. You could substitute healthier/lower calorie things for the foods you are craving like flavoured rice chips instead of potato chips. Still gives you flavour and crunch at a much lower calorie cost.

Original Post by lazyking:

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Finally, you can give your kids a healthy snack too, there is nothing wrong with that.

"Finally, you can give your kids a healthy snack too, there is nothing wrong with that."

I agree  with u,  u know all my family thinks that i m crazy since i always encourage my 4 yrs. DD to eat whole wheat bread, fruits in place of candys,milk in place of choclate milk, i never bring any junk food in  my house, even if i get some my DD knows that u have to practice portion control just after one candy she says she had enough..

u know what was the best compliment I got  once I was asking my family  doctor what r the recommended healthy eating habits for 4 yrs old, u know what he told me"I M SURE IF U R EATING HEALTHY FOOD, UR DAUGHTER MUST ALSO BE EATING HEALTHY FOOD..."

Ok I have to kill this word Binge uuurrrgh. Unless you used to be a binge/purge you probably just mean you desire to overindulge at times. The good thing is you know you want, now you just have to make a decision of what to do next. I think you should have your food choice, but in a limited quantity. If your thing is chips, by the variety packs that have the single servings bags. It's much easier to stop yourself when the bag is empty and you're realizing you're reaching for another, as opposed to buying the big family bag and eating until you discover it's almost empty. My thing is sweets so I get the Fun size of snickers/milky ways/etc that way I can still have what I want and just limit myself, even if you have to it's still several calories less than the regular full size candy bar.

Seriously, one of the easiest ways to not more than you intend to is to always put a reasonable about (some small portion or a serving size) into a bowl and then put the box away. Bringing the bag of chips with you to the couch? Sure fire way to eat the whole bag.

As bad as it is for the environment, there's something absolutely nice about how the snack companies out there have responded to the demand for snack-pack type things, where a portion is pre-packaged for you so that you can't over-eat without grabbing a second bag, which the grabbing tends to be enough to make you go "oh, wait, I just had a snack. I'm good,"  and drink a glass of water to top it off.

I don't necessarily think you need to cut junk food out altogether, I pretty much did this for a good 3 years or so, slowly but surely, and it actually ended up developing into a bingeing problem. I guess one day I just got sick of not being allowed treats, and started to go nuts. Well I've now been battling binge problems for 2 years. I'm getting better, but it's such a pain, and I actually wish I would have just kept to my eating habits prior to the junk food ban so to speak, and then I wouldn't have to deal with this! I have always been a healthy weight, but when I slowly got rid of the junk, I did get slimmer. Well I'm literally pretty much right back where I started weight-wise. So overall, I could have just eaten normally the whole time, not have felt deprived or had to deal with the stress of bingeing, and be exactly how I am now. I suggest mostly practicing portion control with goodies, and if you splurge every now and then, that's ok too. For me, I don't want to completely ban junk food, and I believe that you can be healthy while still eating some junk. I do my best to eat healthy, but if I feel like eating something junky, I'm learning to let myself again. Unless you are one of those very rare people with increible willpower, you more than likely will give in to that craving at some point. It may be in a month and you may literally eat the entire pint of ice cream rather than just eating the portion size when you actually want it.

Eat the sweets in moderation, and with portion control. I learned that a portion of ice cream is only 1/2 cup. I can enjoy that 1/2 cup every week if I want and still lose weight. I can even put some organic chocolate on it. I can stick some potassium laden bananas on it...yummy.

I also found that if I slowly reduce the total amount of sugary foods, then I got used to eating less processed sugar. I now eat half plain yogurt with half vanilla.

I will never commit to completely cutting out all processed sugar, unless a doctor tells me I have to do it or I'll die. But that's just my lifestyle. I can still be completely be healthy when I do it in moderation, both now, and when not calorie counting.

Now, crack on the other hand? I can't see how crack in moderation would work...lol

Thanks everyone!  I think dividing snacks into portions should really help.  No more digging in the box or bag. :) I do allow myself one block of dark chocolate everyday.  It's 24 calories for that tiny block but it tells my brain that I have had chocolate today and that seems to really help with my cravings. 

Original Post by andrew9223:

I dont usually respond to these threads but advising someone to binge one day a week is terrible advice. Im addicted to crack so i'm only going to smoke it once a week.

If you want to make a change in your life make a real change.  I lost 100 lbs about 10 years ago. Beside a lot of hard work  on day 1 I promised myself never again would I eat something that was sold in a gas station or a fast food restaurant.  That stuff is designed to get you addicted to it and make you crave it just like crack. You shouldn't feed your addiction if you ever want to get over it.

I agree with you, 5 months ago, I have started a low carb diet, the first weeks I felt like starving all day, maybe my body getting rid of carbs, but then I started to feel better, now I can see my children eat chocolate, and I don't have to eat it, your example with crack is a good one, IMHO.

regards,

Guillermo.

 

I quit my pack-a-day, 10 year smoking habit easier than I quit sweets.

And I agree with the poster who says that a binge day is a bad idea.  I didn't reward myself for quitting smoking with...a cigarette!?  So I never reward myself for quitting sweets with a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.  Find non-food rewards; they do exist.  I love books, clothes, pedicure/manicure, shoes, a DVD, etc.  Good luck! 

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