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How do you stay away from sweets???


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So I've been at this for almost 3 months now and has not been able to drop 1 single pound!!!!!! 

I go to the gym a lot and eat well but I CAN NOT stay away from sweets.  I have to have something sweet every day and its usually not something small. Cry  Like a muffin, or a doughnut, or cake.... not just a little piece of chocolate.  So whatever I'm burning at the gym is all down the drain b/c i have 500-600 cals sweet snacks.

I need to loose like 7-8 lbs and did this befor but for some reason, this time around, I just cant control myself Frown  I bring fruits to snack on but I need something chocolate flavored.

Any suggestions??? What do you do???

Thanks

  

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Have you tried vitatops? I'm picky when it comes to certain textures with "diet" foods, but these are really good. About 30-45 seconds in the microwave and it's like eating a warm chocolatey brownie (only 100 calories too). They sell them at some grocery stores or can be bought online: http://www.vitalicious.com/

oh wow... i've never seen that.  gonna buy them tomorrow. thanks

any other suggestions? i'd like to "kick the habbit" lolol

cosmogirl you just have to make yourself stop for like four days. Even stop things with sweetener like diet drinks. After about four days, they cravings will be gone. A lot of us can't have the occasional sweet thing without wanting that giant muffin.

Four days. Nothing sweet. At all. It'll be so much easier after that

 

I agree with spiro, just give it 4 days, then a week.  You'll be surprised by how flavorful food really is.

If you want to be a bit more moderate (although I recommend trying at least a week) try making things like black bean brownies...you can have your cake and eat it too.

I agree, sweeteners and diet sodas are a crutch; they made you keep craving hyper-sweet things.  In fact, processed/packaged food is a crutch.  Eat natural.  When I crave something sweet, I have grapes or cantaloupe.  It's like ice cream to me now. 

 

I had a little piece o Hershey chocolate the other day and spit it out because it tastes so artificial and gross. :P

 

Point is: take some responsibility.  You don't NEED sweets.  You are CHOSING to give into your cravings, every time.  It is a choice.  Get a grip and make a different one.  Sounds harsh, I know, but it's easy to blame some "greater force", like a craving is some divine creature forcing junk down your throat.  Change!

I can relate.  I have difficulties with comfort foods, which is either sweets or cheesy foods for me.  There is research out there that shows artificial sweetners increase your cravings for suger.  So....avoid these at all costs.  If you must sweeten drinks such as coffee and tea, use stevia or honey.  Stevia is a natural, calorie free sweetner.  I ditched diet pop for lent last year.  Now, it just doesn't take good.  So, try to be strong.  And avoid those "diet" muffins, cookies, etc.  They are full of chemicals that will leave you wanting more sweets.  If you "must" have a brownie, cookie, etc, make your own from real ingredients and have just a small portion to fix your craving.  I keep mine in the freezer, so I have to plan a bit and can just reach in the cookie jar.  Plus, out of sight, out of mind. 

For the chocolate, allow yourself a good quality, dark chocolate.  One ounce is minimal in calories, has more antioxidants than milk chocolate.  And, if you savor it and let it just melt in your mouth.  You'll feel satisfied and will be eating real food, not a bunch of processed chemicals.  Just make sure you get a high quality chocolate, or you will just end up wanting more.  Another thing I do is make a mug of homemade cocoa in the evening, if I have the calorie allotment.  Look up on allrecipes.com.  Find a recipe with cocoa and real sugar (or use stevia).  The warm milk will help you sleep, and this will fix your chocolate craving. 

Hope this helps.  Good luck.  Message me any time if you need to support.  Happy to help.

Original Post by panda1996:

Plus, out of sight, out of mind. 

For the chocolate, allow yourself a good quality, dark chocolate.  One ounce is minimal in calories, has more antioxidants than milk chocolate.

Heh...True dat. Hope y'all don't mind a bit of humor that's related to this...My wife and I were at Costco a few weeks back, right? Anyway, she tossed in these dark chocolate truffles. I glanced at them and noticed they were tiny (about hershey kiss sized) and coated in cocoa. I figured they were little so I popped one in my mouth and immediately entered "Chocolate Heaven"...So I tried another, then another, then another. When it came to entering my calories for the day I looked at the nutritional info...OMG! I just consumed 300 calories in those 4 little chocolate heaven pills! LOL!!!!

After that I told her to hide them because they're too damn dangerous...heh.

I know where she keeps them, but "out of sight, out of mind" really does work. I haven't had one since. Cool

Original Post by unstuck:
Point is: take some responsibility.  You don't NEED sweets.  You are CHOSING to give into your cravings, every time.  It is a choice.  Get a grip and make a different one.  Sounds harsh, I know, but it's easy to blame some "greater force", like a craving is some divine creature forcing junk down your throat.  Change!

Great advice.  It's not harsh at all, people really need to hear it like this. 

Original Post by cosmogirl82:

So I've been at this for almost 3 months now and has not been able to drop 1 single pound!!!!!! 

I go to the gym a lot and eat well but I CAN NOT stay away from sweets.  I have to have something sweet every day and its usually not something small.   Like a muffin, or a doughnut, or cake.... not just a little piece of chocolate.  So whatever I'm burning at the gym is all down the drain b/c i have 500-600 cals sweet snacks.

I need to loose like 7-8 lbs and did this befor but for some reason, this time around, I just cant control myself   I bring fruits to snack on but I need something chocolate flavored.

Any suggestions??? What do you do???

Thanks

 

You don't have to stay away! Just make healthier sweets :)))

Try this: mix 1tbsp of each: cottage cheese, oat bran, cacao

add 1 egg and, a bit of baking powder and sugar substitute as much as you like sweet. I add 0,5 tbsp of cinnamon.

Stir well, put in microwave for 5 min (till dry)

OMG! It's sweet, smells amazing (if you putt cinnamon) , taste like chocolate muffin and it's low in calories, no fats and no bad carbs! Healthy choice which will make you full and satisfied!

I do enjoy chocolate and candy every now and them. Usually three or four times a week I allow 200 calories a day of 'junk food'. I wouldn't give it up cold turkey in a million years.

However, when I see choclates in the house and start to get cravings. I hold up that little tiny sweet than contains 100 calories and I ask myself if I am going to let a lump of cocoa and sugar wrapped in shiny paper cancel out the hard work I put in at my workout. I remember the pain of holding a squat for 30 seconds and ask if I am going to let this sweet ruin all that and the answer is HELL NO. 

You have to remember you have the power not the candy. I quit smoking the same way. I held up that cigarette and thought of the coughing and wheezing  and gasping that my grandparents who have COPD do and asked myself if this cigarette was worth ruining my lungs for and again it's not.

So the bottom line is that you have the power, and if you can weigh up the benifits of eating before you shove it in your mouth you will waste time and reduce cravings and you will begin to hold yourself accountable for your actions and stop being  victim to a piece of candy.

Skinny Cow..  I have a major ice cream problem.  I LOVE it and I can't stop.  The great thing about Skinny Cow is that it is individually wrapped and only 150 cals a serving.  I can easily incorporate that into my diet.  I like the vanilla and mint cones.  SOOO yummy!!!

I don't know if you're interested in taking supplements, but, I have a major sugar addiction too!  I have been taking chromium 3 times a day when i eat my major meals and my sugar cravings have decreased significantly!!  I ALWAYS had a sugar craving mid afternoon and at night after supper, but now it doesn't even cross my mind!  Chromium helps regulate your blood sugar so you're not craving those sugary foods.

Just my two cents ;)

Thanks everyone... u'r not harsh and i appreciate the encouragment!!!!  I know i just need to stop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  i dont use splenda and whenever have tea, i dont add sugar so i need to stop coffee bc i use sugar in that.

as far as dark chocolate... i feel that even if i buy the really dark kind (80% cocoa) i'll still eat more than i should :(

  kriskel - how did u fiture out its Chromium that you need?  i read online that chocolate cravings mean you dont get enough magnezium ??

Thanks

Chromium works best for me I guess.  I'm more a sugary/pastry addict rather than chocolate.  My bf studies natural health and Chromium seems to fit my needs.

i see... alright, thanks.   i was going to ask my doc to check my blood for magnezium levels but havent gotten around to it yet.  although i'm really against all these pills and suppliments.  only thing i take is vitamin C in the winter when someone aroune me is sick.

i'm gonna try culd turkey!!!!

try cold turkey, just for a little while. you can expect to have 2 difficult days, and then it will get easier. BUY SUGARFREE GUM! that'll get you through those first few difficult days. if you want a sweet, have some fruit. if you don't have room in your calorie budget for fruit, pop a piece of gum.

like you, i had to have chocolate every day. i stopped buying ice cream completely and i haven't had any in 2 and a half months, because it's a trigger food for me and i have no sense of control around it. no pastries, no candies, not even the sugar free type. just gum, and fruit. it worked.

now i only feel a real need for chocolate once every couple weeks, and that's when i'll pull a frozen banana out of my freezer and melt a serving of semisweet bakers chocolate over it. (i really recommend the bars of baking chocolate for people to keep in their house for a sweet because it doesn't taste good unless you melt it over something [so you won't just eat the whole thing plain out of the box], and since it's not in a fancy package you won't be tempted to run back over there and keep snacking on something that seems forbidden.)

There are two possibilities:

-Substitution: Try sugar free chewing gum instead of sweets.

-Mono-Diet: Allow yourself nothing but your favourite candy. Nothing. After a while you will be pretty sick of it and your craving is going to be "healed".

Fibers are also good against cravings. There are chewing tablets or capsules containing them, too, if you prefer that.

Get rid of the sweets!  Don't buy them.  Don't even go near them!  I used to eat donuts for breakfast and candy bars  for snacks and oreos for bed time!  I don't anymore and stick to a very strict diet (except for a Bud Light now an then)  If have sweets in the house dump them and do not get anyy more!  Its called "will power"! 

Original Post by jtassava:

Its called "will power"! 

 YEA.... I gotta get me one of those!!!! Laughing

I like those hot jaw breakers....one is around 30 calories, and if you don't bite it, it will last for a good hour. I keep some in my purse.

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