Sticking to My Diet and Changing Mindset?

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    Jul 11, 2014 3:48 AM GMT
    How can I stay motivated with my diet and not cheat. I am carb cycling. If anyone has heard of the book carb nite, that is what I am trying to work with. How can I prevent myself from giving into my urges? Also in the past I have been telling myself I am going to lose weight to find a boyfriend. I can't do that anymore. I need to lose weight for me. So how can I change that mindset?
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    Jul 11, 2014 4:06 PM GMT
    Put mirrors everywhere, and buy clothes that are one size too small.
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    Jul 11, 2014 6:28 PM GMT
    it's hard to say what will motivate another person. what kind of things have helped in the past? what are these urges? what are you doing besides carb cycling?
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    Jul 11, 2014 6:58 PM GMT
    Well when I am sad or bored I eat. On this diet, it is recommended that I do not do high intensity cardio. I have been doing some light walking. On the days that I eat high carb (On my 5th-9th day), I can lift a lot.
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    Jul 11, 2014 7:53 PM GMT
    Schwarzy_91 saidHow can I stay motivated with my diet and not cheat. I am carb cycling. If anyone has heard of the book carb nite, that is what I am trying to work with. How can I prevent myself from giving into my urges? Also in the past I have been telling myself I am going to lose weight to find a boyfriend. I can't do that anymore. I need to lose weight for me. So how can I change that mindset?


    Paleo diet is a full-fat, all-you-can-eat ( no calorie restriction) diet so there is no pain and no starvation. Since it starts to work immediately in the range of 3-5 lbs of fat burn per week it gives you positive feedback that keeps you going. Most people are shocked at the rate of fat reduction. The only downside is that it's a more expensive way to eat since its 100 % natural( no man made Crap food allowed). Also you will be forced to buy new clothes.
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    Jul 12, 2014 1:08 AM GMT
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    Schwarzy_91 saidHow can I stay motivated with my diet and not cheat. I am carb cycling. If anyone has heard of the book carb nite, that is what I am trying to work with. How can I prevent myself from giving into my urges? Also in the past I have been telling myself I am going to lose weight to find a boyfriend. I can't do that anymore. I need to lose weight for me. So how can I change that mindset?


    Paleo diet is a full-fat, all-you-can-eat ( no calorie restriction) diet so there is no pain and no starvation. Since it starts to work immediately in the range of 3-5 lbs of fat burn per week it gives you positive feedback that keeps you going. Most people are shocked at the rate of fat reduction. The only downside is that it's a more expensive way to eat since its 100 % natural( no man made Crap food allowed). Also you will be forced to buy new clothes.


    I love this way of eating!!!!

    It works and your BMI will drop drastically!


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    Jul 12, 2014 4:59 AM GMT
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    Alpha13 said
    Schwarzy_91 saidHow can I stay motivated with my diet and not cheat. I am carb cycling. If anyone has heard of the book carb nite, that is what I am trying to work with. How can I prevent myself from giving into my urges? Also in the past I have been telling myself I am going to lose weight to find a boyfriend. I can't do that anymore. I need to lose weight for me. So how can I change that mindset?


    Paleo diet is a full-fat, all-you-can-eat ( no calorie restriction) diet so there is no pain and no starvation. Since it starts to work immediately in the range of 3-5 lbs of fat burn per week it gives you positive feedback that keeps you going. Most people are shocked at the rate of fat reduction. The only downside is that it's a more expensive way to eat since its 100 % natural( no man made Crap food allowed). Also you will be forced to buy new clothes.


    I love this way of eating!!!!

    It works and your BMI will drop drastically!




    You are right hot stuff. It's really about fat to muscle ratio than " weight" . Paleo will burn your fat until you reach your lean natural body weight. It shocks people when they realize that their self image "bulk" is no longer muscle but fat.
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    Jul 12, 2014 11:35 AM GMT
    Schwarzy_91 saidHow can I stay motivated with my diet and not cheat. I am carb cycling. If anyone has heard of the book carb nite, that is what I am trying to work with. How can I prevent myself from giving into my urges? Also in the past I have been telling myself I am going to lose weight to find a boyfriend. I can't do that anymore. I need to lose weight for me. So how can I change that mindset?


    Get the help of a mental health professional. It's clear that you have many things going on, and it's not just weight. SEE A PRO.

    With regard to diet, it's about metabolic optimization, insulin management, and training the machine to trend the way you want.

    I concur with the views above about Paleo.

    The poster, without saying too much, reveals by his inactions and low esteem, however, that he needs mental health care, and guidance. His issues, aren't just over weight. Weight is a symptom of his underlying issues that need to be addressed, which they can't properly be here (nor, should they be).
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    Jul 12, 2014 1:46 PM GMT
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    Schwarzy_91 saidHow can I stay motivated with my diet and not cheat. I am carb cycling. If anyone has heard of the book carb nite, that is what I am trying to work with. How can I prevent myself from giving into my urges? Also in the past I have been telling myself I am going to lose weight to find a boyfriend. I can't do that anymore. I need to lose weight for me. So how can I change that mindset?


    Get the help of a mental health professional. It's clear that you have many things going on, and it's not just weight. SEE A PRO.

    With regard to diet, it's about metabolic optimization, insulin management, and training the machine to trend the way you want.

    I concur with the views above about Paleo.

    The poster, without saying too much, reveals by his inactions and low esteem, however, that he needs mental health care, and guidance. His issues, aren't just over weight. Weight is a symptom of his underlying issues that need to be addressed, which they can't properly be here (nor, should they be).


    I must agree that often issues with weight management have an emotional or psychological root to them that needs to be addressed in order to achieve long term success. Do you feel you "need" that ice cream or bag of chips sometimes? Can you control your urges to eat or do they sometimes feel out of control? When do you eat? Make a food journal. People shy away from getting mental help they need to solve their problems but this may be very helpful if you feel a challenge. I don't just mean OP but in general.

    Sticking to healthy foods and normal portions should be enough to start. Try to get that under control before going on to the next thing.
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    Jul 12, 2014 9:24 PM GMT
    Alpha13 saidPaleo diet is a full-fat, all-you-can-eat ( no calorie restriction) diet so there is no pain and no starvation. Since it starts to work immediately in the range of 3-5 lbs of fat burn per week it gives you positive feedback that keeps you going. Most people are shocked at the rate of fat reduction. The only downside is that it's a more expensive way to eat since its 100 % natural( no man made Crap food allowed). Also you will be forced to buy new clothes.


    +1 for paleo here too. i don't follow it perfectly and i did maintain a calorie deficit, but the kinds of foods i'm eating are miles above the crap i used to eat--and yes, more expensive. i'm down 40+ pounds in 5 months and i'm nearly normal weight for the first time in years. i've been lifting too and i've made some ridiculous progress there (some credit to favorable genetics). i also do various things for cardio depending on my mood each day, from HIIT on a bike at the gym to moderate-intensity swimming to casual, hour-long walks. i like rest days too!

    i've learned so much from reading the fitness forums here and other stuff on the net. you have to sort through the bad information and figure out what works for you, of course.

    anyway, i realized recently that i'm having less urges/cravings now for the stuff i used to eat, and when i do feel crave-y i'm going to my healthy foods out of habit, new habits which i apparently just created! i track everything i eat with MyFitnessPal and monitoring my carbs/fat/protein while eating enough each day keeps me busy and focused on my diet. and i allow for a 'cheat day' once a week. i don't really abuse that day but i like having the option, feels less like i'm trapped in something. it's little mental tricks like that may help you. and some of the pictures on this site :p

    good luck whatever you do. i belieeeeeve in you icon_smile.gif
  • josephmovie

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    Jul 13, 2014 3:53 AM GMT
    I think that if you have fight your urges so badly then it is not the right diet for you. Try a few and see what does work, and find something you can live with on a daily basis.
  • buddycat

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    Jul 13, 2014 9:22 AM GMT
    I am not sure about getting psychological help but the way you are talking it sounds like you have some sort of food addiction and could always check out Over-eaters Anonymous. There are different ways to lose weight but you are not going to do it eating crap--just don't eat it. I dropped 30 pounds in three months and am currently down over 50 lbs watching my carbs and fats along with exercising. HITT certainly burns calories and am really hungry afterwards and I was just doing it loosely.
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    Jul 13, 2014 11:19 PM GMT
    buddycat said I am not sure about getting psychological help but the way you are talking it sounds like you have some sort of food addiction and could always check out Over-eaters Anonymous. There are different ways to lose weight but you are not going to do it eating crap--just don't eat it. I dropped 30 pounds in three months and am currently down over 50 lbs watching my carbs and fats along with exercising. HITT certainly burns calories and am really hungry afterwards and I was just doing it loosely.


    I did stop eating this!
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    Now, when I do go with friends, I load up on the fresh fruit ONLY and maybe just a dab of the yougart.

  • buddycat

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    Jul 14, 2014 6:55 PM GMT
    These are my favorites but also like Lindt Lindor Truffles. Can't eat them because they make me fat. I have been really hungry lately and splurged and ate this Marie Calendar Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken an Broccoli. 24 grams of fat oh my! I do still eat truffles from time to time but only one. They are delicious.

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  • wild_sky360

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    Jul 14, 2014 9:38 PM GMT
    Your plan can work if it's not just random days. Your high(er) carb days should be heavy lifting days only.

    This seems like a more advanced plan than for someone just starting to address weight issues. Like a lot of the other posters here I'm an advocate of Paleo and have had success with a modified version of it. The biggest draw for someone like yourself is that it's painless and delivers quick results and success breeds success and more motivation.

    Whether you reconsider your diet choice or not for the long term, you might want to try it for a shorter period, if only for just a one time re set of your metabolism. With that accomplished you'll at least get better results from your plan. Of course everyone is different, but try cutting the carbs entirely or at least the sugar and high glycemic carbs, for a set period of time and see how you feel. I'd shoot for 2 weeks minimum and 4-6 weeks being a better test.

    After a few weeks it's out of sight out of mind and I'd bet cravings for unhealthy binge foods will have stopped.