ice cream is my friend

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    Jun 26, 2008 7:22 PM GMT
    many of you studs out there have what looks to be 3% body fat... i am trying to drop just a few lbs to get a little leaner, but i can't stop hitting the ice cream before i go to bed. lol any other guys with sweet tooths out there who have advice?

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    Jun 26, 2008 7:25 PM GMT
    If you're going to have it, try to have it earlier in the day when it doesn't have as big of an impact as it does right before bed.

    That, and stop eating it!!! icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 26, 2008 7:27 PM GMT
    haha you don't understand... ice cream is severely hard to resist for me!
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    Jun 26, 2008 8:21 PM GMT
    either stop buying it or buy a flavor you don't like, start decreasing your portion sizes every so often,
    or get a job in an ice cream store. I worked in one for six years and now I hardly ever bother to even buy it, though I still like it.
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    Jun 26, 2008 8:25 PM GMT
    I agree with MuscleBud... if you're going to do it, do it earlier in the day so that you can burn more of it off than right before you go to sleep! Also, look at the nutritional info and see if there's a kind that you like, that is better for you than what you usually have.
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    Jun 26, 2008 8:26 PM GMT
    mind over matter baby. try scheduling a cheat day and pig out on whatever. i have the same cravings you have over ice cream but whenever i feel it coming right before bedtime, i go for cottage cheese + banana or a cookies and cream casein protein shake.
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    Jun 26, 2008 8:27 PM GMT
    I actually have the same problem, but I think of it as more of an addiction like alcohol which makes it hard to stop
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    Jun 26, 2008 8:27 PM GMT
    Try an Ice Cream Sub like Soy Dream or even a Sorbet
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Jun 26, 2008 8:31 PM GMT
    Oh, I have that problem also. My advice is not to have it in the house.

    When it's there I have to eat it icon_confused.gif
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    Jun 26, 2008 8:31 PM GMT
    A lot of this is about portion. I have a sweet tooth too that sends me running to the cupboards. I'll literally have one square of really good chocolate. If I'm feeling "dangerous," i might dip it in a lil peanut butter. We're talking not even a bite's worth. I chew it slowly and savor it, and that's it.

    But, for what it's worth, you should try going without ice cream for a week. Your body can do without ice cream. It's your mind saying you cannot do without ice cream. Therefore, this is an emotional issue for you. You're not eating out of necessity, you're eating as an emotional buffer. It's compulsive. Go for ice cream without a week and you will be surprised by the insights that might come up.
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    Jun 26, 2008 8:32 PM GMT
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  • Thirdbeach

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    Jun 26, 2008 8:43 PM GMT
    Sounds like Ice Cream is your enemy, not your friend.

    There might be a 12 step program that you can join.
  • atxclimber

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    Jun 26, 2008 8:49 PM GMT
    I have the exact same thing. I love ice cream so, so much.

    The key for me is using it as a reward at well-scheduled times. If I'm going to bike hard for an hour, I can eat a half cup of gelato 15 minutes beforehand and skip the energy drinks during the bike ride, just stick with water, and it's the same thing... only much more delicious.

    I'll also pack red twizzlers, my favorite candy, in lieu of energy bars on particularly long rides. Sugar's sugar, fundamentally, and all I want while I'm biking is to stabilize my blood sugar by whatever means.

    Basically, eat ice cream whenever you need a burst of fuel in short order, like before hard exercise, lifting, etc. And skip the other carbs you'd eat instead. They're probably nowhere near as tasty. And you don't have to worry about blood sugar spikes when you're immediately exerting yourself hard; you'll use it up steadily.

    Plus, an entire PINT of the caramel / dulce de leche Stonyfield Farms frozen yogurt is 540 calories; an hour of busting ass on my bike is about 1,000 calories. I can eat a whole pint of that shit, get on my bike for an hour, and still have burnt a little fat & glycogen. icon_smile.gif
  • docmarvy

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    Jun 26, 2008 8:58 PM GMT
    Tofutti?
  • EricLA

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    Jun 26, 2008 8:59 PM GMT
    OK, I'm not at 3% body fat, but I'm probably in the low to mid-teens. I was at 11% last time I checked a few years ago, and am about as lean if not leaner than I was then. I do have a bit of a V, after all.

    I eat 2-3 pints of Ben & Jerry's a week. Ice cream, not frozen yogurt. I guess I have great genes. Yes, I work out 3 times a week, and eat pretty healthy the rest of the day (Maybe a few M&Ms or a small Kit Kat a day). But, my cholesterol levels are very good. The last time I had my bloodwork done, and I told her about the ice cream, she told me I could eat more than that. I thanked for the advice, but felt guilty enough about the 2-3 pints.

    I could probably drop below 10% body fat if I gave up the ice cream, but I can't deprive myself of something I enjoy so much!
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    Jun 26, 2008 8:59 PM GMT
    wow you guys are the bomb. great advice! icon_biggrin.gif

    especially the one about the 12-step program. i'll definitely look into that. icon_rolleyes.gif

    i guess finding a substitute would probably be the best idea for me. i cannot live without sweets. i mean, i guess i technically "could," but what fun would that be?? i feel like there has to be a way to achieve my fitness goals while still being able to satisfy my sweet tooth.

    but i swear - ice cream right before bed is like heaven. haha

    thanks for the ideas guys. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 26, 2008 9:01 PM GMT
    EricLA saidI could probably drop below 10% body fat if I gave up the ice cream, but I can't deprive myself of something I enjoy so much!



    haha this one statement sums up the way i feel about ice cream. afterall, you only get one life. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 26, 2008 9:03 PM GMT
    Did someone say Ice Cream? I LOVE Ice Cream. I have 5 containers in my freezer right now. I have had it for breakfast, snack after a run, pre dinner dessert. mmmmmm. The key is small doses if your having it at night or just have it earlier in the day.
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    Jun 26, 2008 9:03 PM GMT
    two words - Skinny cows!!!
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    Jun 26, 2008 9:05 PM GMT
    docmarvy saidTofutti?


    LOVE those!!!

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  • auryn

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    Jun 26, 2008 10:21 PM GMT
    you're young and seem to be very active... enjoy it while you can and while your metabolism is high.

    Breyers is the best!
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    Jun 26, 2008 10:55 PM GMT
    I am looking at your torso picture. Please explain where the extra 2 to 3 lbs is.
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    Jun 26, 2008 11:25 PM GMT
    I'm an expert on this subject as ice cream is my favorite "food". I splurge on the Ben & Jerry's and Dove pints once in a while, but every night I have an ice cream treat from SuperTarget.

    Check out the Market Pantry Ice Cream Bars; vanilla-flavored ice cream dipped in chocolate-flavored (yum) coating. No sugar added. 4g Carbs; 2g Sugars per bar. They actually are reminiscent of Dove bars without the guilt. Check 'em out! You will be amazed.
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    Jun 26, 2008 11:44 PM GMT
    How about switching to non-fat chocolate yogurt? I sometimes get that and I'm not suffering! The other thing I sometimes drink are chocolate Slimfasts - slightly frozen - it feels like you're drinking one of those huge malted milks from Foster's Freeze in the 1970s!
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    Jun 27, 2008 2:08 AM GMT

    Don't buy it, you can't eat what's not there. I think I know, I used to love Kool-Aid (liguified sugar)....used to go through about a half gallon a day. Until I stopped buying it. I went without a drop for two or more years. Now I buy it, but can have it here without drinking it every day. I made a pitcher last week, but half of it remains and I haven't touched it all this week.