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NANCYPAT1 Posts: 58,233
2/21/14 10:08 P

The research suggests that it takes three weeks (coincidentally 21 days) to form a new habit - that coincides with the easing of the cravings and the reduction of effort involved to "stick with it"

GIPPER1961 Posts: 763
2/21/14 12:20 P

keep at it. When I started around 18 -21 days it got much easier. It may be different for others that was the point at which the cravings were put away.

2/21/14 12:09 P

Just checking back in. Yesterday was the hardest day yet. But I DID NOT cave. 12 days, no soda or sweets. I feel so much better now that I have all that junk out of my system. I am beginning to realize that although 6 weeks was a nice starting point, I want to do this for the rest of my life. Once you don't put that junk in your mouth you stop wanting it!!!!

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
2/17/14 6:18 P

I think it's a really good idea. It's a great "first step" towards a more long-term change of habits. You've given yourself "six weeks" - which helps avoid any move towards "deprivation thinking" (i.e. "oh no, i can NEVER have soda again!! This is terrible, i really want a soda, I can't live up to this stupid goal!" [ditches the goal and resumes previous excessive-soda-consumption habit]). Because when a soda craving hits, you can tell yourself "that's ok, i can make it through today, it's not like i can never have soda again, I can have one on March 15th if i want!"

And then by the time 6 weeks has elapsed, you'll have given your tastebuds a chance to start changing... and you might find yourself wondering why you had always been so hesitant to try and cut back on the soda, "it really wasn't THAT hard".... maybe you'll choose to keep soda off the menu, maybe you'll choose to add it back in, at significantly-decreased quantities/frequencies.

Six weeks is a good amount of time to try and set a new habit in motion. I did the same thing with fast-food chicken and fries. I went from eating it almost every day for lunch, to vaguely thinking "I should cut back on this chicken... i think i'll try not to eat any for the whole month of January. I can have chicken in February."... to... well... it's been 13.5 months now, and I haven't found it necessary to indulge. Once I broke the habit, it became like.. meh, i can take or leave it? for 1200 calories a box, I think i'll leave it! Whereas before my "chicken break" I couldn't wrap my head around "breaking up with pressure fried chicken."

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2/17/14 6:00 P

Glad that this is working for you!

I'm not sure why you would not do this all or almost all of the time.

GIPPER1961 Posts: 763
2/17/14 12:59 P

I actually think trying something for six weeks to test how it affects you is a terrific idea. It sounds like you are having terrific results. I also try to eliminate all sugar and junk foods. Keep it up and I think you will stay with it long term.

If you try something and it doesn't help no harm is done.

In this case if you return to the sugar and junk you may find they have an addictive nature and moderation may be difficult after a layoff from them, but each person is different so that may not happen to you.

2/16/14 4:00 P

BRANDESKA thanks for the positive feedback! It is so encouraging to hear that it is in fact do-able!

Also, just shortly after posting this thread I found an article right here on Sparkpeople that reaffirmed my decision!

Edited by: NEWLIFENEWWIFE at: 2/16/2014 (16:00)
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2/16/14 2:59 P

I did this last month: I went 30 straight days without desserts, chips, crackers, junk. It completely changed my life. Staying away from the junk and focusing on getting enough fruit/vegetables throughout the day was key in helping me stick to this healthy eating and weight loss plan. I don't think I could have stuck to it this long (almost 8 weeks of reducing calories and exercise) if I would have been eating the junk, even in smaller portions.

It has given me new perspective and I applaud your efforts. It was difficult for me at first but then it just became habit to not have the junk anymore.

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2/16/14 9:32 A

I think there's moderation and then there's moderation. Some people with strict tracking can probably get away with as much as one "sweet" of some kind per day; others will never be able to have much of anything at all without going off the rails. Mostly I think the adjustment that is needed is mental, to go from the mindset that sweets and so on are things you deserve, or can't do without, to the mindset that they are really not helpful to pretty much anything and need to be kept to a bare minimum -- and be OK with that.

Personally I haven't drunk soda regularly for years, but due to health concerns I had at the time I did go without any kind of sweets at all (save one slice of Christmas pie) for the first month or two of my "diet". I do believe that doing so helped convince both my body and my mind that I was better without them around than with them. I think I have something approximating the mindset of someone who's never been overweight and always been health conscious about them now: I don't rule out anything entirely, but for the most part I no longer see any good reason to consume most of that stuff.

2/16/14 9:16 A

Totally agree with you all. The word "fast" may not have been the right choice. And the reason for 6 weeks initially is because I am the type of person that needs very clear set goals and then at that point in time it will be habit for me lasting a lifetime hopefully. It's about making a huge change for life long results. I have gained and lost weight hundreds of times but when looking back to what I ate I always kept the bad stuff in my diet just in moderation which has obviously never worked for me.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
2/16/14 9:08 A

I agree with Jenni and Nancy.

This "diet" (uugh I hate that word) I am on is (for me) lifestyle, which means for the rest of my life..because I don't want to gain the weight back.

When you eliminate those foods from your daily diet and replace them with whole foods, it goes to reason that you will be less hungry.

If doing this taught you the importance of whole foods in a diet vs. junk food, candy and soda, I say good and I hope you can continue eating healthy in order to achieve your weight loss goal.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,251
2/16/14 8:34 A

I agree with JENNILACEY....make the best choices for a lifetime goal, not just weeks.

You say you feel better.....if it feels good...listen to your body....all the more reason to stick with eating better the rest of your life.

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2/16/14 8:10 A

I don't completely understand why it would only be for 6 weeks? What would be the point if you just return to poor diet habits after 6 weeks? I do understand learning how to limit certain foods in your diet and replacing them with better choices in a way you can maintain for the rest of your life. Choosing a healthy lifestyle.

I really hate the word "fast". Fast, crash and back to square one. It was much easier and sustainable for me to learn that certain foods have their time and place and should be enjoyed in moderation and that choosing nutrient dense and filling foods was much more beneficial for me in how I felt and how much I ate. To learn that certain foods caused me to feel poorly and that's why I limit them and enjoy them in moderation. That other foods cause me to feel more vibrant, energetic and satisfied and that's why they make up the majority of my diet.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 2/16/2014 (08:11)
NANCYPAT1 Posts: 58,233
2/16/14 1:16 A

In general, I don't believe in "bad foods" or eliminating foods from my eating, BUT what you are describing is really likely to be a real step toward feeling better. Processed foods, sugars, salt, and transfats are all really unhealthy and when I avoid them, I feel better. All are connected to a number of health conditions, and inflammation which is ALSO connected to a lot of health problems. In addition to avoiding the sugars and highly processed foods, I take several supplements known to reduce inflammation - cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, omega 3, and garlic. I can now eat SOME of them but for the most part avoid them. My biggest problem with doing a fast from them is that when I think I am being deprived, told I "can't", or that stuff is forbidden, my personality tends to make me CRAVE them. So, NOW, I know I CAN have them if I CHOOSE, but rarely CHOOSE to eat that sort of food. For people with a different personality, they do better eliminating them from their diets temporarily or even permanently.

2/15/14 11:42 P

I am on day 6 of a 6 week No sweets, No Junk food, No Soda and I feel fabulous! I find that just by staying away from all of these foods completely I am less hungry? Has anyone ever tried something like this and what were your results. Thanks!

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