What to do with cravings?


  • Nov 18, 2014 12:31 AM GMT
    I'm going through a eating reeducantion program right now and I'm having lot of cravings for unhealthy foods, mainly pizza and hamburgers.
    It's been 15 and even with 3 breaks in my diet I lost about 3kilograms (fuck u imperial system). Whitout exercises.
    What to do when the desire for pixzagets stronger than our will to achieve six pack s?
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    Nov 19, 2014 5:47 PM GMT
    I go through the same thing. Last month alone I ate three large pizzas in one week. Alone. But as soon as I finished eating, I feel terrible. And I gain weight after that. I think when you crave some food, probably because you're hungry. So now when I have that craving, i make sure that my mouth is full with fresh and sweet fruits. Apples, oranges, grapes, anything that can distract me from eating junk food. It sort of works for me.
  • Destinharbor

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    Nov 19, 2014 5:59 PM GMT
    Try working out while you're at it. Get a good protein powder you can mix with water, one that has slow and fast digesting proteins. Make sure no more than 100 calories per drink and at least 40 grams of protein. The protein will dampen your body's cravings for food and the exercise will speed the process and give you results that will help with motivation. Do a protein drink for breakfast and one mid afternoon. It'll satisfy your cravings. Of course healthy nuts, fruit and even a bit of cheese is all good, too.
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    Nov 19, 2014 7:45 PM GMT
    If you want junk food make it at home.
    This will ensure it is real food and not horribly unhealthy for one. For another it's a lot of work!
    So if you want pizza make the dough from scratch and the sauce from scratch. It'll take all day. You'll be able to do it once a month max. There aren't evil foods. Just evil amounts. The problem is our modern food system makes foods that are supposed to be special treats (cake, pizza, french fries, etc) the cheapest and easieSt food to eat.
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    Nov 21, 2014 5:31 AM GMT
    Pizza once or twice a month isn't a problem. But there are so many other great tastes out there to explore. Find out what real food tastes like and that shit will make you throw up.
  • Bowyn_Aerrow

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    Nov 21, 2014 1:59 PM GMT
    You lost 6.6 pounds (fuck you foreign rulers!) in 15 days...

    That is actually a lot of weight.

    Ideally you should aim for losing no more than 10 pounds (4.53 kg) a month. Healthy, ideal weight loss on average is 1-2 pounds (0.45- 0.9 kg) a week, which means 4-8 pounds (1.81 -3.62 kg) a month.

    Of course this isn't sustainable forever.


    Assign one day (just one) out of the week where you are allowed to have pizza or fast food or whatever the 'bad food' is.

    Let's say its Saturday you choose as your 'bad food day'. This becomes a goal for you to achieve, as a 'reward' for being a good boy for sticking with your diet for 6 days, you allow yourself two meals - lunch and supper or supper and evening TV snack consisting of your 'naughty foods'.

    Every Saturday becomes your reward day.

    See its easy for humans to do pretty much anything and endure the most incredible of torture as long as they know its only for a short period of time. If you start saying things like 'never' or 'forever' the human mind breaks and the body rebels.


    Since you like pizza, have you ever considered making your own pizza?

    What makes pizza fattening is the amount of added fats that are in store bought pizzas. Predominately in the meats and cheese.

    If you made your own pizza, you could use lower fat content cheeses and meats, and boost the content of other good things like vegetables.

    http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20419726,00.html is one such site
    others found here: [url]https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=recipes+for+low+fat+pizza
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    I make my own pizza which tastes great, and I use half whole wheat flour and white flour to make the pizza dough, I have also used sour dough, rye, and other flours - its all bread dough and bread dough is relatively easy to make and it is a work out if you knead it by hand.

    See the thing with 'dieting' is that more often than not diets demand that you eat less volume of food. The real way to lose fat and still eat is to stuff your face with low caloric foods.

    I bet you enjoy the taste of the sauce of pizza, its Italian tomato sauce. I'm willing to bet that if you allow yourself a (one) slice of pizza and have a good salad composed of low caloric veg, you will end up sating both your hunger and your craving for pizza.

    Fill up on the salad, savor the pizza...

  • Nov 25, 2014 12:14 AM GMT
    From those 3 kilograms near 0.5 were lean mass, i`m following a diet prepared by a nutritionist, she says it`s normal to lose lean mass, mainly when dieting whitout exercising.

    I was attending a crossfit studio, but i didn`t like it very much, and i paid three months and advance and didn`t show...

    I want learn how to eat right before going to the gym, so i can go on wheight gain diet.

    Thank you for the tips, i`ll try doing that for the pizza, and i already have some ideas to make a health hot dog t

    P.S: I don`t understand the imperial system, it just doesnt make any sense. One foot, whose foot? One inch, whose inch? metrical everything is in base 10, it makes much more sense.
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    Nov 25, 2014 12:29 AM GMT
    Invetedlotus123 saidWhat to do with cravings?
    Dollar menu.
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    Nov 25, 2014 2:40 AM GMT
    Simple, you can take in 3500+ calories a day as long as the protein count is high and you're working out regularly. Don't stress about eating and needing to feel full. Also prepare foods that won't hurt you to cover cravings between the large meals. I prepare snacks like fresh fruit and vegetables, store them in the fridge, and grab them when I crave. No, veggie protein won't help build muscle but the point is good protein, especially when you get older. After you grab the snacks keep your day preoccupied so that you will only consider food as a need and not for comfort.
  • mybud

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    Nov 25, 2014 5:43 AM GMT
    Guys bringing up so in so is a unhealthy food..This mindset is total BULLSHIT. Eating Pizza, burgers, candy, whatever..None are unhealthy if hitting your numbers, and killing them weights...Second, If your hungry...EAT..Food equals mass. You crave something and don't eat it...A fucking horrible idea..You'll end up eating shit loads of your craved item, after paying $6.49 for a package of Oreos from 7-11 at 3 in the morning.
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    Nov 25, 2014 10:31 AM GMT
    Not everything works for everyone. Gay men don't listen because they seem to know everything. I'm not at all saying don't eat when you crave. What I'm saying is eat quality protein. If you don't want fruit and veggies don't eat them. Working out regardless of diet will build muscle mass to a degree but pizza, etc. will not support development of abs. It's just like guys who work out with no warmup or stretching, you still gain mass, but you hurt like hell therefore skipping workouts and this does not support steady development. Didn't say these were words to live by. Just what has worked for me. If you plan on being a competitive bodybuilder yea eat whatever but for lean muscle don't eat sh** food.
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    Nov 25, 2014 4:26 PM GMT
    Invetedlotus123 saidI'm going through a eating reeducantion program right now and I'm having lot of cravings for unhealthy foods, mainly pizza and hamburgers... Whitout exercises.
    What to do ... to achieve six pack s?

    sounds like the op's just wants to loose weight, all good. Do some cardio but exercise has little to do with weight loss. you need to control what you put in your face.
    Get to some sort of balance before you start an exercise program. Plan for slight weight gain as you exercise. Have a plan and goals.

    as you eat less you need to eat better food. consider supplements.

    control the cravings:
    -dont buy the junk food in the first place and for sure dont keep it around the house. Go through the kitchen and toss it out.
    -eat small portions, eat more often.
    -start with some cardio to prevent your body from shutting down
    -there is a ratio of fat, carbs and protein you need to maintain in a diet.
    -every now and then write down what you eat for a few days and research the value of the food. there are a few smart phone apps that work better than expected for this.
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    Nov 25, 2014 4:29 PM GMT
    Invetedlotus123 said... I don`t understand the imperial system, it just doesnt make any sense. One foot, whose foot? One inch, whose inch? metrical everything is in base 10, it makes much more sense.


    who cares; stay about 1800 - 2500 calories per day
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    Dec 09, 2014 1:23 AM GMT
    I have this issue. I'm a major stress eater...and unfortunately I work a stressful job, so I'm constantly wishing I could eat junk.
    To help with this I have started drinking more water...at least a gallon a day. This helps me feel full more often and cuts back on the cravings.
    I keep a box of granola bars in my desk drawer so if I feel hungry at any point in the day, or if I notice that I have not eaten in 3 or 4 hrs, I will grab one to snack on.
    I do allow myself to have junk food on occasion (once or twice a week). But I always keep it small...for instance...if I'm craving a cheeseburger I order the smallest cheeseburger they offer with just meat cheese and bread...or if I'm craving pizza I order the smallest personal pizza I can find. This satisfies my craving but doesn't overload me with junk.
    Hope this helps!
  • Orland23

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    Dec 24, 2014 10:27 AM GMT
    If you mean 15 days and lost 3 kilograms, you actually doing well at losing weight. When someone starts on a weight/fat loss plan, usually you will lose the quickest at the initial and slow on weight loss later.

    When you lost weight, you should aim for losing .4 to 1 kilogram of weight a week, any more you have to potential to lose lean mass. If you create a deficit of 500 calories a day, you will lose in the ballpark of .4 Kilograms a week.

    It is actually a good idea to have a cheat day every week which actually tame junk food cravings so you won't binge on junk food and set you back a week, or two, or three.

    Exercise would be beneficial for you I do a mix of weight training to keep lean mass and cardio to burn fat.

    I had lost fat in the past year and a half or so, I started at 215 to 220 pounds (98-100 kilos) and currently I weight about about 170 (76 kilos), My goal weight is being 155-160 (70-72 kilo). While losing weight, I sometimes eat pizza or hamburger, but not often.

    Use some of the tips you will be able to lose weight and keep the excess fat off.