Cravings

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    Sep 18, 2009 8:08 AM GMT
    Ok, so how do you guys deal with food cravings?? I was cursed with a sweet tooth and I CRAVE horrible food. I just want to eat and eat and eat. For a while, a year ago, I was good about it. But now, sometimes I can't seem to resisted grabbing a hand full of Little Debbies and just chowing down.

    I'm starting to notice the result of it in my body and am NOT happy. How do you cope with cravings for bad food? OR how do you stop craving it???
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    Sep 18, 2009 3:24 PM GMT
    If it's not in the house I'm not going to go out and buy it. If I'm at someone else's place it's usually harder and I'll just go for it. No biggie. But my body doesn't crave junk constantly, it actually wants healthy food.
  • victor8

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    Sep 18, 2009 3:32 PM GMT
    ya i agree with the previous post!!! if its not around i can't eat it...last night i was craving sweets which is very unusual...i usually have raw almondbutter on ezekial bread with blueberry fruit spreat(sugarless) last night i put a bananna on it...it was great!!
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    Sep 18, 2009 5:37 PM GMT
    I eat fat free CoolWhip to stave off the crave.
  • Timbales

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    Sep 18, 2009 5:39 PM GMT
    For a chocolate craving, I'll make a mug of hot chocolate using rice milk, unsweetened cocoa powder and stevia.
  • KepaArg

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    Sep 18, 2009 5:58 PM GMT
    While I don´t generally have a sweet tooth, I do LOVE ice cream. While I don't keep junk food in my house I do allow myself to have ice cream with friends once a week. Maybe it´s different in Argentina versus the states, but ice cream parlors are very social and usually filled with great looking men so it´s a good place to socialize and if your lucky pick up! jeje

    Good snacks to keep around which have been mentioned almonds, carrots, I think other fruits would generally be ok, and for me I love having half a avocado! I also keep plain low fat yogurt in the house which I tend to mix with some honey and almonds!

    Best of luck, and keep those Little Debbies away! (^_^)
  • KepaArg

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    Sep 18, 2009 5:59 PM GMT
    Sorry I forgot to say, that maybe allowing yourself one day to eat what you want all day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) then the rest of the week may help your cravings in check.
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    Sep 18, 2009 6:37 PM GMT
    juishe saidOk, so how do you guys deal with food cravings?? I was cursed with a sweet tooth and I CRAVE horrible food. I just want to eat and eat and eat. For a while, a year ago, I was good about it. But now, sometimes I can't seem to resisted grabbing a hand full of Little Debbies and just chowing down.

    I'm starting to notice the result of it in my body and am NOT happy. How do you cope with cravings for bad food? OR how do you stop craving it???


    You're craving sweets because you're not eating properly. It's usually caused from a lack of carbohydrate, and a lack of adequate calories. Eat small meals often and make sure you're getting enough complex carbohydrates. Once you're eating properly, your cravings will subside. Once you eat more, you'll have more saitety , and be much less inclined to continue to eat improperly, as well as have an increased metabolism, and you'll be able to make gains, as well. You'll find yourself without the cravings, stronger, bigger, and more able to perform across the board.

    Normal blood glucose is around 75 to 100, if you haven't just eaten, although it can easily hit 200 post-meal. You can buy a glucose meter about anywhere. You can also test with Ketostix. You shouldn't be in ketosis, and you shouldn't have low blood sugar.

    Feast / famine response of eating bad things based upon on cravings are a principal way that fat asses get and stay that way. You don't eat, and your body slows weigh down, and drops muscle mass (the only thing that will increase your base metabolism AS YOU GROW older...muscle burns calories just sitting there, so ...the more you have the easier it is to stay lean), and eventually you succumb to your body telling you to eat so you hit fast carbs and fats for instant satiation, which causes a big insulin response, and fat storage for the repeat famine. After a while, folks that eat so improperly train their bodies how to be fat-storing machines in a cycle of feast famine. Take this to the bank: you have to FUEL the furnace.

    Once you get your weight up a bit, and straighten up your diet, you won't have cravings.
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    Sep 18, 2009 6:40 PM GMT
    My cravings tend to hit late night so I try not to buy and have on hand anything that's bad for me...if it's not in the cabinet I can't eat it!
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    Sep 18, 2009 6:50 PM GMT
    HRGUY saidMy cravings tend to hit late night so I try not to buy and have on hand anything that's bad for me...if it's not in the cabinet I can't eat it!


    Yes. Your blood sugar goes low, and it's hard to sleep and you have cravings. Something as simple as 2 pieces of candy (about 20 grams of fast sugar) will help you sleep, and won't hurt you. A piece of fruit works, too.

    Always eat breakfast. It breaks the fast. When you eat breakfast, your metabolic rates speeds up at the start of the day, your brain works better, and you're much less inclined to eat sweets and fats.

    Sweets cause a sharp insulin response / blood sugar rise and fall, and cause cravings. It's MUCH better to eat complex carbohydrates that maintain a more consistent blood sugar, and don't peak insulin as much.

    Staying lean, performance, and gaining muscle, is all about insulin management.

    Fat asses often skip breakfast, hide their appetite at lunch (say, with a salad), then, are miserable in the evenings and binge on the wrong foods. They have their diets upside down. The first thing a fat ass needs to do is to start eating, contrary to what they might think.

    Fasting, colon cleanses, the Atkins Diet, organic, are all idiotic, and create the wrong long-term outcome. Best to approach the diet thing with common sense.

    A diet isn't something you do on a short term basis. It's more about lifestyle management. Eating properly is something we should all strive for.

    The original poster here said "I was cursed with a sweet tooth and I CRAVE horrible food. I just want to eat and eat and eat." This fails to acknowledge that his brain is telling him to eat, because he's not eating properly. If you eat properly, you won't have cravings.

    Quoting the original poster: "how do you stop craving it???" Again, to answer the question of how to stop it: you eat properly. Small meals often, starting first thing in your day, with ample complex carbs, and simple carbs, too, along with sufficient protein, healthy fats, and water. It's very easy to fix.

    If your diet is low in something (carbs usually, or protein), you'll crave whatever it is. It's your brain telling you to take action.

    Additionally, water helps to moderate your responses to low blood sugar and can help with additional fat burn.
  • outdoorjunkie

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    Sep 18, 2009 6:56 PM GMT
    Listen to Chucky. I didn't start dropping weight and adding muscle mass until I started eating a regular breakfast. Make sure it's not sugar, either. Give yourself some good protein (e.g. eggs) and kick your metabolism into high gear. It's incredible what a morning meal does for your metabolism throughout the day. You have to eat to stay healthy and trim, to maintain muscle mass, to maintain a positive mental attitude. Eat eat eat! Just eat the good stuff, of course icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 18, 2009 7:24 PM GMT
    Fench Fries and Onion rings just makes me go weak in the knees. But of late I have been able to crave those by eating a air fried instead of deep fried ones plus carrots.
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    Sep 18, 2009 7:30 PM GMT
    God, i wish a box of little debbies a day would make me fat... but seriously... don't keep them in the house... and if you have to, there are "diet" brands of foods that might work for you... have no idea how good weight watchers snack cakes taste though...
  • jrs1

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    Sep 18, 2009 7:42 PM GMT


    I do and indulge them ... as a result ... I am what I have eaten; out of shape and okay with that. icon_cool.gif
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    Sep 18, 2009 7:50 PM GMT
    i feel you man. it's hard not to eat bad, when bad is there at every corner and is easy as ringin up a purchase, and good requires a lot more effort. I'm trying to get the sugar thing under control as well. I like some of the suggestions here...specifically the hot chocolate one hehe.

    For me, I notice if I have a cup of tea (especially green tea) I'm less likely to overindulge. If I get a craving I try to pick another option...like a damage control/lesser of the evils type thing. It seems to be helping to an extent.

    Good luck.
  • somedaytoo

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    Sep 18, 2009 8:24 PM GMT
    Create healthy versions of your favorite foods.
  • PipHop

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    Sep 18, 2009 8:30 PM GMT
    There is nothing equivalent to Haagen-Dasz. Nothing. As much as I'd like to be ripped, I can't give up desserts. I'll just keep my shirts onicon_lol.gif
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    Sep 19, 2009 11:43 PM GMT
    Haha problem is, even though I don't buy these things when I go grocery shopping, there is a connivence store downstairs in MY BUILDING! And at work, I work more or less in an outdoor mall, so I always have access.

    I do eat and love to eat healthy food. Vegetables are heavenly. I cook a lot of chicken and pasta, always with tongs of veggies, cooked in olive oil instead of butter...

    I just can't remember what I was doing differently a year ago that i didn't crave AS much.
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    Sep 20, 2009 9:38 PM GMT
    If you've made any gains in the past year, your requirements for calories are now higher. If you're eating the same, you're fighting those gains. It's a common sense thing.

    Up until about 28 years old, your androgen will rise, and help to make you more of a man / increase your appetite and lean muscle mass. Likely, you're fighting that.

    If your diet has adequate calories (usually it's the carbs that are lacking for someone thin or active) the cravings will subside. Your body is telling you you're not doing it right.
  • Celticmusl

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    Sep 20, 2009 9:44 PM GMT
    I sometimes get into a vicious cycle of having sweets every day. It seems when I totally give up sweets I can go months without having a craving after the first few days.

    I can't give up eating complex carbs though such as potatoes, corn, and pastas. Right now I'm trying to cut down on the carbs and eat more veggies(which I already eat in great quantity). I'm on this kick of eating vegetable soup with a side of scrambled eggs in the mornings....but I still crave toast!
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    Sep 20, 2009 11:21 PM GMT
    KidnapMyAffection saidAlmonds make you feel full for a long time. A handful as a snack should do the trick. Carrots are also good, since they give you the sweet and the crunchy all in one.

    I am crazy craving whipped cheesecake, the one sold at Walmart. Since we don't have Walmart where I live, and I can't just fly to the US for some cheesecake (hum?), I have to just reminisce about its taste and sigh. icon_biggrin.gif
    I discovered some cocoa covered almonds recently. The cocoa is in powder form and adds a little bit of sweet to the snack with just a couple of extra calories.

    I think Emerald is the brand.
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    Sep 20, 2009 11:28 PM GMT
    Almonds help me along to overcome cravings.........however sometimes i am just craving sweets very baaaaaaaaaadly.


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    Sep 20, 2009 11:56 PM GMT
    substitute something more nutritious .. FRUIT! I used to have a thing for chocolate all the time, but I got into the habit of eating fruit (like apples). I got to the point that my craving for candy switched to craving fruit like apples.

    I also used to carry a handful of jolly rancher candies in my gym bag. One or two during workout seemed to help keep my energy from crashing.