My Battle With Obesity: Fighting the Cravings? What Are Your Alternatives to Sugary Food?

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    Aug 05, 2011 5:01 AM GMT
    This is the second part of my battle with obesity series... because I am still obese. (i know, i know, focus on the question).

    This is my first part: http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1551720

    I've been trying to cut down eating food with a high GI and its been really hard because those are the best tasting. I frequently crave sugary or high fat foods whenever I have idle time or when I get hungry. Its tough eating plain boring bland food all the time. This makes it really hard for me when I get hungry because I start to crave the worst things ever like hamburgers, milkshakes, cake, fried chicken, tacos and such. I have a hard time fighting the cravings and have given numerous times.

    After a meal I tend to crave something sweets like cookies. It pretty much drives me crazy. I am trying to think good satisfying healthy alternatives.

    Are you on diet? Lets hear the suggestions.
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    Aug 05, 2011 5:17 AM GMT
    I've gotten hooked on vanilla chai tea as a sweet beverage snack.
    For desserts, I don't know...never had much of a sweet tooth.
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    Aug 05, 2011 5:29 AM GMT
    I have a high metabolism, so I can eat whatever I like. Sorry about your luck. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 05, 2011 5:50 AM GMT
    I made triple chocolate brownies yesterday....mmmmmmm

    join me, be fat with meeeeeeeeeeee!
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    Aug 05, 2011 5:55 AM GMT
    Start at the grocery store.
    Do NOT allow high GI foods (if that's what you want to avoid) into your home.

    Stock your snack drawer with carrots, almonds, jerky.

    Part 2: learn that eating is not a cure or treatment for boredom
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    Aug 05, 2011 6:01 AM GMT
    intentsman said

    Part 2: learn that eating is not a cure or treatment for boredom


    wtf baking is hella fun!
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    Aug 05, 2011 6:30 AM GMT
    For sweet cravings I usually have a Rice Cake and I spread on Organic Strawberry preserves both from (Trader Joe's) the rice cake is 70(35) cal a serving (2 cakes) and the preserves (1 - tblsp) is 25 cal. It usually does the trick for me and taste really goodicon_exclaim.gif
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    Aug 05, 2011 10:49 AM GMT
    Freeze some grapes. Takes about 6 hours in my freezer for them to get fully frozen, depending on the size.

    Two cups are about 120 calories, they're a really nice replacement for ice cream in the summer, and they can help satisfy some of that crunchy craving as well.

    Also, keep some sugarless gum around. Ten minutes of chewing can really take the edge off a craving,

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    Aug 05, 2011 11:06 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidI made triple chocolate brownies yesterday....mmmmmmm

    join me, be fat with meeeeeeeeeeee!


    Can you show us proof of this fatness? icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 05, 2011 12:33 PM GMT
    When ever I crave something sweet, I have a protein shake (casesin). A small quantity knocks the edge off my hunger.
  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 05, 2011 12:39 PM GMT
    I find fresh fruit works for me to put off the cravings.Always have some ready to hand if you can.
    Having said that,I don`t completely deny my sweet tooth and usually have something sugary sometimes.I find the more you restrict something,the more you`ll end up wanting it.
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    Aug 05, 2011 12:55 PM GMT
    AvadaKedavra saidThis is the second part of my battle with obesity series... because I am still obese. (i know, i know, focus on the question).

    This is my first part: http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1551720

    I've been trying to cut down eating food with a high GI and its been really hard because those are the best tasting. I frequently crave sugary or high fat foods whenever I have idle time or when I get hungry. Its tough eating plain boring bland food all the time. This makes it really hard for me when I get hungry because I start to crave the worst things ever like hamburgers, milkshakes, cake, fried chicken, tacos and such. I have a hard time fighting the cravings and have given numerous times.

    After a meal I tend to crave something sweets like cookies. It pretty much drives me crazy. I am trying to think good satisfying healthy alternatives.

    Are you on diet? Lets hear the suggestions.


    I think it's incredibly selfish and disrespectful to come on here and call yourself obese. You are clearly not and you know this.

    Seriously get over yourself.

    Really.
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    Aug 05, 2011 2:38 PM GMT
    yourname2000 said
    AvadaKedavra saidThis is the second part of my battle with obesity series... because I am still obese. (i know, i know, focus on the question).

    This is my first part: http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1551720

    I've been trying to cut down eating food with a high GI and its been really hard because those are the best tasting. I frequently crave sugary or high fat foods whenever I have idle time or when I get hungry. Its tough eating plain boring bland food all the time. This makes it really hard for me when I get hungry because I start to crave the worst things ever like hamburgers, milkshakes, cake, fried chicken, tacos and such. I have a hard time fighting the cravings and have given numerous times.

    After a meal I tend to crave something sweets like cookies. It pretty much drives me crazy. I am trying to think good satisfying healthy alternatives.

    Are you on diet? Lets hear the suggestions.

    Hey, I gotta a low-cal taco for ya. icon_lol.gif

    Or, one of my favourite things to do is make fruit slushies and matcha (or mocha or coffee) drinks in the ol' "magic bullet"...

    Matcha almond smoothie with whey:
    http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/recipe/2193830/2
    375ml, 125 cal, 5gr fat (from almonds), 1 gr sugar, GI=3, good source calcium & Vit-E., nearly 14gr of protein

    Strawberry Peach Nectar Ice:
    http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/recipe/2189945/2
    450ml, 99 cal, 0gr fat, 3.7gr sugar, GI=6, 130% of RDA Vit-C, 2gr fibre

    Chocolate Slushie:
    http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/recipe/2194061/2
    450ml, 130cal, 6gr fat (from almond & cocoa), 1gr sugar, 13gr protein, GI-4, 4gr fibre, high in calcium, Vit-E,

    There's a million different combos. I usually use almond milk, milk or nectars. If you input your recipes into that site, it will calc the nutrition for you right down to the GI. And because of the ice, there has to be some thermogenic effect, too, that isn't accounted for in the calories.


    oh thats pretty cool but would require a blender to be nearby all the time.
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    Aug 05, 2011 2:42 PM GMT
    unfounded7 saidI have a high metabolism, so I can eat whatever I like. Sorry about your luck. icon_lol.gif


    I am starting to think that you either really love or hate the OP.
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    Aug 05, 2011 2:44 PM GMT
    yourname2000 said
    AvadaKedavra saidThis is the second part of my battle with obesity series... because I am still obese. (i know, i know, focus on the question).

    This is my first part: http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1551720

    I've been trying to cut down eating food with a high GI and its been really hard because those are the best tasting. I frequently crave sugary or high fat foods whenever I have idle time or when I get hungry. Its tough eating plain boring bland food all the time. This makes it really hard for me when I get hungry because I start to crave the worst things ever like hamburgers, milkshakes, cake, fried chicken, tacos and such. I have a hard time fighting the cravings and have given numerous times.

    After a meal I tend to crave something sweets like cookies. It pretty much drives me crazy. I am trying to think good satisfying healthy alternatives.

    Are you on diet? Lets hear the suggestions.

    Hey, I gotta a low-cal taco for ya. icon_lol.gif

    Or, one of my favourite things to do is make fruit slushies and matcha (or mocha or coffee) drinks in the ol' "magic bullet"...

    Matcha almond smoothie with whey:
    http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/recipe/2193830/2
    375ml, 125 cal, 5gr fat (from almonds), 1 gr sugar, GI=3, good source calcium & Vit-E., nearly 14gr of protein

    Strawberry Peach Nectar Ice:
    http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/recipe/2189945/2
    450ml, 99 cal, 0gr fat, 3.7gr sugar, GI=6, 130% of RDA Vit-C, 2gr fibre

    Chocolate Slushie:
    http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/recipe/2194061/2
    450ml, 130cal, 6gr fat (from almond & cocoa), 1gr sugar, 13gr protein, GI-4, 4gr fibre, high in calcium, Vit-E,

    There's a million different combos. I usually use almond milk, milk or nectars. If you input your recipes into that site, it will calc the nutrition for you right down to the GI. And because of the ice, there has to be some thermogenic effect, too, that isn't accounted for in the calories.


    Are these food good for your figure? So far it doesn't look like it is doing any magic.
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    Aug 05, 2011 2:59 PM GMT
    ava, I posted in this thread about some guy's body transformation a while ago. Hope it helps. Here is a direct link on BB.com:

    somebody's hypertrophy blog

    He also included like nutritional plans and stuff (BORING FOODS btw)

    It sounds like you just need to find alternatives. So instead of eating cakes try low fat plain yogurt with honey. Instead having cheese burgers, have a grilled chicken sandwich with no buns. Also, you might want to plan ahead what you want to eat so you are not tempted by all the greasy food choices out there. The first line against your so called "obesity" (which you are not btw, not even close) should come from the mind.

    You are looking very fine in your pics though. If there's anyone who needs to be more cut it's me... icon_cry.gificon_cry.gif
  • conquer

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    Aug 05, 2011 3:05 PM GMT
    not the healthiest, but on the times i'm super craving something sweet i'll have a little bit of creamed honey. a spoonful or something that knocks the edge off
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    Aug 05, 2011 3:10 PM GMT
    Icebreakers kiwi.........LOl 0 calories 1 carb, ya I know.
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    Aug 05, 2011 3:14 PM GMT
    cityaznguy saidava, I posted in this thread about some guy's body transformation a while ago. Hope it helps. Here is a direct link on BB.com:

    somebody's hypertrophy blog

    He also included like nutritional plans and stuff (BORING FOODS btw)

    It sounds like you just need to find alternatives. So instead of eating cakes try low fat plain yogurt with honey. Instead having cheese burgers, have a grilled chicken sandwich with no buns. Also, you might want to plan ahead what you want to eat so you are not tempted by all the greasy food choices out there. The first line against your so called "obesity" (which you are not btw, not even close) should come from the mind.

    You are looking very fine in your pics though. If there's anyone who needs to be more cut it's me... icon_cry.gificon_cry.gif


    haha. i have a goal and i havent met it yet. i was at one point 180lbs of mainly fat which isnt quite yet at obesity level but pretty close. that went away. now i am working on bulking up with lean muscle. i havent moved the starting or finish line yet. it keeps me going.
  • dancedancekj

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    Aug 05, 2011 3:19 PM GMT
    I always try to up my fiber content in my foods. I read in an article somewhere that said nature packs in sugars with the fiber to balance it out so you don't eat too much of it, and while that isn't totally true (bananas for example have a lot of sugar) fruit and veggies are still probably better than simple processed carbs.

    When I"m trying to cut back, I'll do green smoothies. Spinach + fruit (I use bananas) + vanilla + a little water or milk or juice = a surprisingly creamy, slightly sweet and fruity tasting drink that has very little sugar in it (if you used water). The fiber keeps me satiated for the most part, you can't taste the spinach at all, and it does wonders for my skin for some reason, and it satiates my sweet craving.
  • fitdude62

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    Aug 05, 2011 3:23 PM GMT
    I use a special green tea supplement that comes in 30 different flavors and tastes sweet but only has about 3 cals per serving. I drink up to 7 of them a day. It's a great way to get that "sweet" taste and actually burn extra cals at the same time.

    If you want info on it, message me. I'll send you some.

    Peace
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    Aug 05, 2011 3:28 PM GMT
    I would usually recommend fruit to satisfy a sweet tooth. Have a banana or some cherries.
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    Aug 05, 2011 3:37 PM GMT
    Only shop on the outer rim of the grocery store - no processed foods!

    And yeah, as a lot of people have said, fresh fruit does wonders - I always have an apple after dinner. I usually eat 3-4 apples/day.

    As one poster above said though, you shouldn't deny yourself sweets completely; when I finish a massive bike ride or a big race, I allow myself to 'cheat.' A chocolate bar or something like that just tastes so good afterwards and you don't feel guilty because you just completed a major work out.

    But yeah, you're looking great - definitely not what I would define as 'obese.' ;)
  • Bigolbear

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    Aug 05, 2011 4:21 PM GMT
    I wouldn't qualify you as obese. I'm down about 160lbs and at 420 I was morbidly obese and now I am down to 260 and I am just obese. I am hoping to lose enough to get myself down to just overweight. At 6'4" my normal range BMI would have me looking gaunt.

    Maybe you mean in your head you are still obese and if that is the key then I get what you are saying because I still feel like a 420lb guy.

    As far as the sweet thing, if I feel like a craving is going to throw me off my game I give into it but just a little. I can go and get a hand full of M&Ms and eat them slowly and curb the need I have and not over endulge. It just seems to work for me that I don't deny myself completely that I just don't over do things.
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    Aug 05, 2011 5:44 PM GMT
    Bigolbear said
    Maybe you mean in your head you are still obese and if that is the key then I get what you are saying because I still feel like a 420lb guy.


    You hit the nail on the head.

    Bigolbear said
    As far as the sweet thing, if I feel like a craving is going to throw me off my game I give into it but just a little. I can go and get a hand full of M&Ms and eat them slowly and curb the need I have and not over endulge. It just seems to work for me that I don't deny myself completely that I just don't over do things.


    I have the problem of wanted to be as efficient as possible to reach a goal which means I feel terrible when I cheat. The problem is staying on that path.