help i cant stop eating.

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Posted: 04 Feb 2012, 10:54
help, started watching what i eat and for 3 weeks i managed to keep to a healthy eating but then i just couldnt do it anymore, i couldnt keep on saying no to myself. and this week i have just crashed and cant pick myself up.
i like eating. simple as. even if it is something i dont like the taste of i will eat it just so i am eating. the only time i am not wanting food is when i am eating it. and its not even that i'm hungry, i can binge to the point where i feel ill i am that full and still i will be wanting to eat more.
i really struggle to only eat a small amount. so that i only consume 1300 calories a day. i'm a very weak willed person.
can anyone give me any tips on how to stop eating constantly.
thanks for any help you can give me.

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Posted: 04 Feb 2012, 11:46
It not just how much you eat but what you eat. I took a quick look at your food diary and somedays you got almost no protien and very high in carbs. For a lot of people sugary foods trigger cravings due to insulin spikes. I would try to get more whole foods, veggies, fruit, lean protien and healthy fats. Try to cut out all processed foods and sugar for a while to see if the cravings diminish. It could be your body is craving some nutrients that it is not getting.

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Posted: 04 Feb 2012, 11:58
I totally agree about the protein. Have protein at every meal. Even if you don't want it. Eat a hard boiled egg or something small and low fat...a piece of string cheese or a couple slices of low fat cold cuts.

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Posted: 04 Feb 2012, 12:23
I agree, you seem to have an issue with carbs and sugar. Again in your case, it is not about going on a low carb diet (though for some people it helps). It is just that you eat too much of them. You don't eat jam, because you are hungry, you eat jam because it makes you feel good for a short period of time (it is probably too much information but there are a lot of biochemical reactions behind the process). In a longer term, once the effect is gone, you feel bad again and crave for more and are hungry again. But what your body is trying to tell you is that you are low on some amino acids that you can only get from protein, and you are not eating any. Also try to find some other activities that make you feel good besides eating. Music, exercise, chatting with a friend, anything that is considered to be a pleasure by your brain. Sugar is not the only good thing in life, you can train your brain (and all you cravings are in your brain) to enjoy other things then food.
The first thing you lose on a diet is your sense of humor. ~ Author Unknown
It doesn’t matter what diet you follow… What matters is what makes you follow your diet. ~ Tom Venuto

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Posted: 04 Feb 2012, 16:03
Hey Girl. First off, give yourself a pat on the back for starting this journey! Now that you have started login in your foods, you can start to figure things out. Do you live at home full time? How old are you? You sound like you are in your teens? OR? Knowing that would help us all to make more appropriate suggestions. It looks like your mom cooks very very HEARTY meals. And I don’t mean Heart Healthy. Is anyone else in the family overweight? Do they help you? Would they help you?

I am very much like you. It is very hard for me in a house full of tasty food. I live alone so it is much easier for me to keep it out. When I eat high fat/carb foods like Pot Pies and Breaded fried foods, I go bonkers. I crave them just like I crave chocolate. If it is in the house hidden I would find it! Your NOT alone! And your NOT weak. Those are evil ! LOL. From what I read, your biggest challenges have been over eating and reaching for food when you are not hungry. The next challenge is getting healthy foods into your diet that fulfill you and give you energy. Flour and Fat (in that combination) tend to drag a body down. It’s not your fault. From what I saw in your food log, your main meals tend to be foods that contain HIGH fats and HIGH carbohydrates.,,, breading, dough, white flour and biscuits. Are those the type of foods you grew up on or is this something new and tempting?

You need a plan. Is your main plan to just cut calories? From what I saw, that is not going to work for you since the things you are use to eating are not things you can eat for the rest of your life. Somehow you need to learn how to incorporate new foods to replace the high fat/high carb meals that I think you have been served most of your life. I don’t know any females that can eat like that anymore once they stop growing. I think a few books might do you well. Do you have a weight watchers around you? Or a library with books that might help you with the basics that will aid you in making good substitutions? I am full of more questions than answers. I hope to hear back from you! Once we hear back from you, I can make better suggestions. Cheers!

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Posted: 04 Feb 2012, 16:09
PS, do you have a job? Or In School? What could you do that would take up time and direction? Riding?

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Posted: 04 Feb 2012, 16:16
Well it looks like you've lost a bit, and really a 1/2 pound of weight loss a week would get you perfectly healthy by the end of the year. I'd just focus on getting all your food entered everyday and weighing at least weekly and it should give you all the feedback and self-awareness needed to get to your goal.

I certainly KNOW what it's like to have food cravings. Hang in there and keep on keeping on Smile
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Posted: 04 Feb 2012, 16:28
There are some effective diets out there that don't limit your food consumption. Perhaps you'd be better served checking out some other diets?
"Eat as if your life depends on it!"
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Posted: 04 Feb 2012, 16:55
I understand your frustration, i feel the same. Although i do eat pretty healthy, i also eat alot of unhealthy snacks too. I cant seem to stop myself from eating, i love food way too much and have a very sweet tooth. If you find any solutions please let me no.

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Posted: 04 Feb 2012, 18:13
hiya, thanks for all the help so far.
well i'm 20 and am living at home and studying horses at college.(i would add that as part of my exercise but they dont have it as a choice. my mum makes does make dinner for me each night. and none of my family are obese but they are all large apart from my sister who can eat what she wants and stays slim. my mum has always made hearty meals, everything has potatoes, pasta or rice in it, sometimes even potatoes and pasta in some meals.
thanks for the information and i will look up some new pack lunch ideas that will have more protein in them. and ask my mum if she'll put more veg and less starch in the dinners. i'll do some research on the internet and through this site for some good recipes.
no there is no weight watchers or anything like that. i like somewhere very rural and the closest gym is 30 minutes drive away. and i'm too embarrassed to go the gym anyway.
i have 2 dogs that i can walk but it is very hard to persuade myself to go outside in the cold wet or snowy weather, to take dogs on a second walk when i know mum has already walked them.
and i'll try cutting out as much sugary and processed foods. as my mum is diabetic and one of the reasons i want to lose weight and change my life is because i am scared i will have diabetes as well. my mum and my dads mum both have it.
my other real reason for trying to lose weight is because alot of yard will not employ a girl if she weighs too much because she will be to heavy for some of their horses.
thanks for all of your advice. i'm off to go researching healthy foods and stuff. hopefully with monday i can start back on track and be eating healthy and not caving into those evil cravings that say that chocolate is all i want.

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Posted: 04 Feb 2012, 19:38
Food can be an addiction for some people...I certainly know it is my drug of choice. However, unlike other addictions where you have to stop to live, we have to eat to live. I was addicted to bar foods, fried foods, battered foods, cheesy doughy goodness. And like you, I love the way food tastes, feels in my mouth, and how I feel eating it. I could eat until nausea would set in and be hungry an hour later. It truly becomes an addiction and your brain's chemistry changes to make you want more of an unhealthy thing (this was apparent in the documentary Super Size Me).

I went cold turkey and cut out all flour, sugar, all wheat products, all starchy carbohydrates (potatoes, rice, corn, etc). It was torture the first week. My body was almost going through withdrawal as it began to detox from all of the garbage I had been putting into it.

I began to eat lean meats, fish, chicken, and (mostly green) veggies. I made sure to add enough fat and protein. Protein to keep me satisfied (it also speeds up metabolism) and fat to protect my organs and to aid in fat burning. Veggies were added for fiber (I also take a fiber supplement). I feel comfortably full at around 1100 to 1200 cals per day.

Food addiction comes in many shapes and sizes and IS THE hardest addiction you will ever conquer. Hang in there...this is a process.

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Posted: 04 Feb 2012, 21:36
You're hungry because you're not eating the right foods. A lot of what you're eating is very calorie dense and the way to satisfy yourself on fewer calories is to eat foods with LOW calories density- ie, lots of veggies. The other things that work to keep you satisfied are protein, healthy fats, and fiber. You're not getting the fiber because you're not eating veggies and your carbs are all from refined sources, rather than complex sources. Instead of a biscuit with jelly, eat a piece of whole grain bread (preferably sprouted) with peanut butter. It will satisfy your appetite for much longer. Try to get protein, carbs, and fat in every meal. Pair your chicken with a big salad with lettuce and your choice of veggies- broccoli, red peppers, carrots, even a small amount of cheese or sunflower seeds are good. Greek yogurt, hard boiled eggs, and cottage cheese are all good ways to get more protein in your diet and are snacks that will keep you fuller longer. Once you're eating mostly the right foods, you won't be hungry all the time and it will be must easier to stay on track.

So many people think losing weight is about deprivation and eating as little as possible - NOT TRUE. It's about making better choices and learning to fuel your body with the food it actually needs. I also believe that small indulgences keep your cravings from building up into all out binges but others find that they get in trouble with having certain things in any quantity. Only you know what works the best for you but the most important thing is to have a plan! Learn the right foods to eat, plan out your food each day, do prep work in advance so the food is ready and available when you're hungry and you'll find it's much more doable, even if you think you don't have the willpower. Also enlist anyone you can to support you, too, so they aren't trying to constantly tempt you with things you know you shouldn't be eating.
- Natalie

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Posted: 04 Feb 2012, 21:41
I binge eat and it is so hard for me to stop. This chat has helped. Thanks everyone.

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Posted: 05 Feb 2012, 13:11
Natalie has great advice! Making better choices. Is there any way you can be the motivator in your family? I suggest having a heart to heart with your parents because a change of diet would be good for all of you especially since they are both diabetic. You might have to do the research and make suggestions to your mom for more healthy dinners and in return they will be much better off as well. Have meals focused around a lean protein and complex carbohydrates and you won't have such bad cravings or temptation. I would also make yourself walk those dogs. Dogs just LOVE going out a second time. They thrive on a walk. Bundle up and smile for the dogs. Hope school is going well. That sounds like so much fun! You have a goal, now focus on a plan and you will see the rewards!

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Posted: 05 Feb 2012, 22:07
I have the same issue! Love the carbs, let myself get too hungry, and then just give in to eating anything. I have talked with my fitness instructor, and she is helping me make the right choices with what I eat. If you will eat every three hours, making six meals a day, instead of three big meals, it will help. Add more protein to your meals, too. A great snack that will help you feel full, and add fiber and protein is one slice of 12-grain bread with a tablespoon of peanut butter. Little changes like that will help a lot, trust me! I am doing better, but still having some troubles, so you are definitely not alone!

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