Need help losing weight
Wish it was simple. For me, I could probably avoid cravings if I didn't live in reach of shops that are open late. I certainly don't keep unhealthy food in the house - but there's nothing to stop me going out and getting it when I feel the urge. I don't really think there's any you can eat to help with the cravings - just not giving into them is the difficult challenge.
craving the chocolate, the sugar, or the caffeine?
If it's the sugar, chromium helps regulate blood sugar / insulin and stops spikes.
If it's the caffeine drink green tea.
If it's the chocolate I can't help you....but I can strongly recommend Prestat Dark Sea Salt Caramel Truffles . Available at a Waitrose near you.
Jamie, it's up to you, and only you!
Do you really want to lose weight? Then what's stopping you?
+1 for MyFitnessPal, I use it and it's great. I don't use it to lose weight anymore but to make sure i'm getting enough protein, carbs an calories as well as fat in my diet. If you exercise, you need to make sure you get your nutrition right.
I'll echo what everyone else has said re will power!
Thinking a little about when and what type of carbs you eat can help. Eg personally I try to avoid all sources of carbs after I've eaten lunch (so no bread, pasta, rice, potato, or sugary things), this means I will actually use up the carbs I eat before I go to bed and they will therefore not get turned into fat. A bit of research/ self education here will help a lot (google is your friend).
A typical day for me is: breakfast - porridge/ scrambled egg on toast; lunch - beans on toast/ tuna mayo pasta(wholemeal); tea - steak & salad/ salmon & green veg etc.
Avoiding carbs in the evening is challenging at first with regards to the evening menu, but I have found a secondary bonus is that I now also eat alot more veg than before.
Like the old addage says, eat like a king at breakfast, a prince at lunch and a pauper at tea.
Ps. Oh and portion control is important too, it's too easy to think "I'll burn it off" then go and pile the plate high.... and no going back for seconds!
A lot of it is down to just boring stuff portion control and calorie counting.You might want to try to be flexible whichi i found helped me. So eat less in the week Monday to Thursday, but allow yourself more treats over the weekend.
So I was aiming for around 1200 - 1300 calories a day but when i had lost a reasonable amoount i then relaxed so aimed for this monday to thursday and friday to sunday allowed myself to go upto around 17/1800 calories on average a day. So if I was good one of those 3 days could be that bit naughtier on the others.
It really is down to discipline and changing your habits.
For instance if you eat snacks, ensure you try to replace them with fresh fruit or fresh veg. Makes a huge differnce if instead of eating a couple of bars of chocolate or a packet of crisps you eat an apple and banana.
I found that if I wanted to be serious which i was i threw out temptations, if you don't have sweet things around except for fruit, then you are gong to eat fruit.
It's all about self belief, and self control. You need to want to loose the weight, if you do, there is n reason not to unless you cheat!
Stick to having less calories coming in then going out, run a bit, but don't eat to compensate for the running and you'll loose weight and start to tone up the body.
Oh, and we are all different eat when is good for you. for example unless it's the weekend i don't have a breakfast. i just am not a mornng person, but it works for me.
Improve running times.....simple, run more.
Seriously, run more. Mix it up. For example, a three day running week should have an easy run, a faster run and a long slow run. Don't run at the same pace for every run. Do a park run and see how you do, this will give you a time to beat and a time to use towards proper training paces.
Jamie, with regards to home cooked food, buy a good set of scales. myFitnesspal allows you to create recipes, so measure everything that goes in/ You need to estimate how many portions the meal makes - I often cook more and freeze portions for future use. And I would not buy any 'diet food' if you can weigh things and count everything. Just count all your exercise and food.
Roger the doger's tip should help. What you eat and when can make a huge difference. Carbs, especially those pesky refined carbs, at night won't help you lose weight. Your body craves nutrients and it won't find too many in white pasta.
Oh, and fruit at breakfast, or make your own (branded cereals are the devil) with wholegrains and berries, flaxseed etc.
Might also help if you go shopping on a full stomach and stick to a list, then change your daily routine a little. Finding yourself craving late at night watching TV? Mix up your routine by reading a book or doing a bit of DIY, you might be able to erradicate the habit easier.
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Finding yourself craving late at night watching TV? Mix up your routine by reading a book or doing a bit of DIY, you might be able to erradicate the habit easier.
yes, the neighbours love that.
Personally I find the only way to stop bad food cravings is to cut it out. I know this is obvious but if I eat chocolate one day, i just want it the next and the next and the next. The cravings will stop if you go cold turkey. Sugar is addictive. Try and go a few days without it, telling yourself that these days will be the hardest. It should be easier after a few days and by then you will feel much better and hopefully not want to put cr*p in your body.
Oh advice is always so easy to give
Oh and going faster, more running and speed work. I used to hate speed work as it was so painful, but then I learned to quite enjoy it. Get some track sessions or try going for a run and do several ks in 5 mins, broken down with slower parts. Your legs will get used to turning over faster.
Pip you're def right about sugar being addictive - I'm a sucker for it - cravings are so strong some days, and it seems to take greater quantity each time - so wish I'd been at the front of the queue for will power....
anniesophie: When the craving for sugar hits. I either give in and pig out on sweets, or grab an apple, they are very sweet, and usually hit the sweet spot.
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