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Old 04-22-09, 11:48 PM   #1
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I'm not sure whether I'm posting this in the right place because I'm not sure I actually have a disorder, but I am struggling with food/eating/health etc... (If I posted this in the wrong section, I'm sorry. Please let me know..)

My main depression is how I look--I'd say "weight", but it's just not that. I'd be fine weighing more than I already do if I was in shape and it was just muscle, but since it's not, that scale number is pretty menacing... What makes me like this is 1) my inactivity, and what I'm here today asking for help on-- 2) bad eating habits...
I don't eat junk food and all the garbage that those skinny people live off of-- chips, candy bars, cappu-frappe-mocha-crappaccino cafine drinks, and all this other fast-food like unhealthy snacks (how do they stay so thin after all that each day?!!?) I eat fruit, carrots, dairy, protein etc...The problem is I think I eat too much of it, and I'm utter fail at sports. I'll stop myself before I go anymore offtopic—

I just really want some help with how to stop food cravings. I always revert back to eating when upset, or or even BORED--when I'm not even hungry! Also, I'm not sure if this was asked before but I also need help finding an answer to this-- how do I tell if I'm hungry, full, or just craving food b/c I'm bored?? How do I stop from snacking because once I go, I know I won't stop myself in time for it to count.

Please, please help me. I really want to change my hideous look, and I really believe that changing my eating habits will do this...I feel like crying (or screaming) just posting this crap! auuugh
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Most vegetables are so very low in caloric density that you could eat them all day and not have any problems at all. Fruits also, while they contain sugar, they are made up of a much simpler sugar than traditional sugary foods (cane sugar or fake sugars).

I was once told that when your body is craving food, it is doing this for a reason - it wants something. I've had the BEST luck curbing my cravings by eating something from each food "group" every time I have a meal. Proteins, vegie carbs and fruit carbs, and then fats. Might give that a shot. That's not taking in to account things like processed carbs (pasta, bread, etc). Just moderate that more than the above.

I'm not sure how well off on the diet thing you are, but how often do you eat? Is it at all regulated? If not, your body can't really get used to anything so it very well might constantly want food. If you were to eat five to six times a day (every two to three hours), with a little bit of food from each "group" listed above, on a fairly regular schedule your body may learn to stop wanting food all the time and instead learn to anticipate when you're going to eat next.

On top of that; it's all will power. Have a meal and wait fifteen minutes. MAKE yourself wait those fifteen minutes.. If you're still hungry after that time, find something else to eat and have a little bit.

At least it isn't "junk" food. :D
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another good tip is... if u feel hungry- drink a glass of water first...sometimes your body is thirsty but mistakes it for hunger... so we eat first but keep eating cus that thirst isnt satisfied so just feels like u aint full yet.
if after 10 mins u still feel hungry then u probably are really just hungry.... but sometimes after that drink you dont feel so hungry anymore



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Old 04-27-09, 05:24 PM   #4
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wilrader and silentcry maye excellent points, also my advice would be to eat a good breakfast as soon as you get up to get your metabolism going for the day.
you can calculate your bmr (basal metabolic rate) here BMR Calculator
this will tell you how many calories you will burn on an average day, if you want to lose a little weight, simply eat a little less.
you can count the amount of calories you are eating with a website like this one Welcome - Calorie Counter
maybe plan your meals in advance?

another trick is to eat little and often, so long as it is healthy and nutritionally balanced. this keeps your metabolism efficient in digesting your food.

if you are unsure about your weight and whether you are healthy then check your bmi here Calculate your BMI - Standard BMI Calculator

also, if possible, exercise at least twice a week. there is some dispute as to what is the best for building up muscle so I suggest you do some research into it, or maybe consult a doctor.

good luck!! :D
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Old 04-28-09, 11:55 PM   #5
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Thanks, everyone-- silent, wilrader, & paraffinwax. I'm trying to remember all what you guys have said, trying to take your guys' advice—and I was doing so-so at first, but I'm really starting to slip. These unbearable sweet-tooth cravings are coming back, and I am back to giving in to them. Last night I had some ice cream, today it was too many m&m's three days is too many (againn!!!) in a row with this unhealthy food-- please, how do you guys fight off [chocolate/sweets]] cravings??? (and the worst part is, I'm not necessarily hungry when I get these cravings!) help help help help each thing I eat is making me fall lower and lower i hate myself so much for being this weak and not controlling myself

I'm sorry this is pretty much a repeat post, but nothing's working, maybe I'm just exceptionally 'fatty' and weak when it comes to selfcontrol..maybe there's no helping me anyways, but I'd still like your guys' advice/input
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I've found the key is moderation.

Don't tell yourself "I can't have x, y and z." Tell yourself "If I do have x, y and z, I will only have so much." Knowing you can't have something makes you want it more. Knowing something's an option makes it easier to eat less of it, in my experience. Also, keeping the things you should eat less of in a less accessable place than the things you should eat more of makes it easier to reach for things that are good for you. For example, put all the candy/chocs away on the top shelves or in cupboards that are way off to the side that you have to lean funny to reach (if you have a kitchen that's anything like mine, anyway). Stick the ice cream way in the back, behind all the proper frozen food for dinners, even behind the ice cube trays. Put healthy yoghurts in the fridge and keep it stocked with veggies, and make sure the fruit bowl is always full and on the counter, and have some seeds and nuts to hand on the counters as well. Then when you get munchy and wander into the kitchen, you'll see the fruit bowl and grab a banana, or open the fridge and get a yoghurt instead of a chocolate bar.
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All of these replies are excellent advice. I'd just like to add that don't buy the junk food to begin with! Makes it alot easier to stay away from if it's not in the house!
I keep carrott and celery sticks in the fridge most all of the time...It is good for you and you can pretty much eat all you want of them...careful eating too many carrots...it will turn your feet and hands orange :O LOL
Keeping your diet well balanced is a good way to stay healthy and keep unwanted pounds off. And you don't have to be an athlete to go for a walk! I've had alot of surgeries and I've found that just getting out and walking 5 or 6 blocks in the evening is helpful and will help you sleep at night! And burns calories! I'm really sorry your struggeling so hard atm!((((((((Hip))))))))
Keep in mind that your a valuable person no matter what your weight...Try to think kindly of yourself!!I don't believe for one minute that you are hideous...and I know for a fact that your a very caring person! Be good to yourself hun! Good Luck!!
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Yes, you can eat healthy food all day and not gain a calorie. But that doesn't help your body in the long run because you aren't teaching yourself how to portion your food, and you body is used to a lot of it. Even healthy food should be treated so you have snacks throughout the day. And if you think you're hungry, definitely try water first and then food. Carry snacks with you that are a good size and keep well-- i.e. fruit and string cheese, a box of raisins. Bad eating habits are bad no matter how good the food is. Good Luck!!! I'm in a similar situation with the exercise... Gag.
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ohh hipo, dont think so low of your self even if you think your not strong enough....

overweight is an ongoing battle for everyone,some ppl stugle more than others but we have all been there (some of us still there). look around how many crazy ideas and products ppl invent so they can loose weight.. it all goes back to the same basics.. and that is that all the struggle comes from withing ourselves to learn how to not let food become an emotional crutch! all the adivices posted above are very helpful,but we should not let the weight make us feel worthless, because it will only increase the anxity and hopelesness and we end up eating more...

and i say "we" because i know well what you mean

im there with you! (misery loves company lol)

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who does the shopping at your place? I know that I struggle with weight. I don't eat well, i don't exercise properly and my thyroid doesn't help either. One of the things which does help is my food environment. I don't buy junk food and stick it in my fridge and cupboard. So if I'm spending most of my time at home, i can't access junk food at least coz it simply isn't there. Then my problem is quantity of food. Make some rules. No eating while watching television. Only eat at the table with the television off. Women are great at multi-tasking but it has been said that multi-task eating is a bad thing as your brain doesn't think it has eaten since it is otherwise occupied. I agree with that. so if you want to eat stop whatever it is your doing and apply yourself only to the task of eating and don't cut any corners here by doing something else at the same time. That even includes snacks. You will find that you won't eat as much if you stick to that rule and trust that it will change. Does that make sense and sound less threatening? You have to change the location and the way you are eating first ok? Start there.
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