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HAPPYLISA17 Posts: 213
11/26/12 11:59 A

I don't know if it is the change in the seasons or if I feel deprived. This time of year, cold cottage cheese just doesn't cut it for me. Maybe a good, hot bath would be better than a good hot meal? Somehow, we just need to feel comforted while sticking to our eating regimens.

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11/26/12 11:58 A


I don't know if I think about food all the time, but it does cross my thoughts plenty of times during the day.

As others have noted, perhaps the reason you're thinking about food is because you might not be eating enough to satisfy yourself. Women tend to drastically cut their calories in an effort to "jump start" their weight loss. It doesn't work. When a person cuts their calories too much, that does set up a person for food cravings. Spark People isn't about deprivation. it's all about moderation and portion control. You don't have to deprive yourself to be healthy and lose weight. cravings have been linked to deprivation.

I suppose the question is what kind of thoughts are you thinking when you think about food ? Are they thoughts about all the foods you can't eat anymore because you're trying to lose weight ? As Coach Nancy noted, we are constantly bombarded with images of food every single day. That's what the commercials try to get us to do i.e. eat more food. So, don't beat yourself up because you're thinking about food.

But maybe consider reasons why you might be having so many thoughts. Do you feel deprived ? Do you feel like you'll never be able to eat your favorite foods ever again ? I'll admit it, there are days when I would love to eat cheesecake, all day. I don't do it, but I've thought about it.

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11/26/12 9:32 A

Absolutely, yes. I have a big appetite as it is, and when I started drastically changing my lifestyle by eating healthier but having less calories, all I thought about was what I wasn't eating and how hungry I was. That's a perfectly natural reaction. I assure you when you start to see real results from our lifestyle changes, the cravings will naturally become less frequent.
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TANGOKATE Posts: 662
11/25/12 7:08 P

Hi there,

I think about food all the time too! I am a foody, sugaraholic, emotional and stress eater. But yippee for me (and you very soon), the way I think about it now is soooo... different than before. I'm not insane about it, but with tracking I think of every thing I chose and if on a day I am over or under in the carb, fat, or protein areas, the next day I remedy it. Lately, I have been eating most calories during the day and much lighter in the evening. I have more energy, I binge less and I sleep better.

Good luck, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!! emoticon

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11/25/12 6:38 P


Let's face it we are bombarded with food on a daily basis. From the fast food restaurants we drive by every day to the commercials showing ooey gooey treats, even many of our family celebrations are centered around food. However, whenever we are beginning to make changes it does seem as though we are a tad obsessed. The reason, we have to unlearn years and years of unhealthy habits and replace them with new healthier option.

My running coach once told me..."In order to break a habit and replace it with a new one, you must constantly make yourself aware of everything that you do, until one day you no longer have to think you just do."

This is why planning is so crucial when it comes to embracing a healthy lifestyle.

You must eat to lose. Severely restricting calories is a sure fire way to slow your body’s metabolism and cause it to adjust over time to functioning on fewer calories, therefore one must EAT to lose!

Research has shown that those ‘dieters’ who ate 800 calories per day versus those who ate 1200 calories per day lost the same amount of fat. So why would you deprive yourself from eating if there is no added benefit from consuming fewer calories?

And the more active you are the more important it is to put fuel in your body. If your car is on empty you won’t get far…it can’t run on fumes. Same is true with your body. If you do NOT have adequate fuel in the tank, so to speak, how are you going to get in a productive workout or for that matter make it through the day without the energy your body requires?

When we allow ourselves to get too hungry, this is when we find ourselves most vulnerable to binging. While many believe that it is due to lack of willpower, in all reality, it is due to your body’s need for fuel. And because we allow ourselves to get so hungry we grab whatever we can and many times it’s not the fruits and veggies, but the quick convenience of crackers, cookies, etc. When you listen to your body, then you will know when it is time to fuel.

Being hungry does not mean your body will burn more calories…while it is not bad to get hungry, ignoring the cues of hunger is. Hunger is your body’s way of telling you it’s time to refuel and more importantly going hungry does not equate to a greater weight loss. Eating is essential to lose weight.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

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11/25/12 6:06 P

Oh and I unfortunately had to stop breastfeeding just under a month ago. My Son is almost 6 months. This is why Ive decided to pay attention to what I'm eating now.

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11/25/12 6:03 P

The thing is though I actually haven't really changed my diet that much just a few more healthier choices. I don't eat that much during the day but am not particularly hungry and definately not losing weight! But I do think about food alot because I'm a sucker for emotional and stress eating. Could this be why I haven't been losing? That I'm eating below what I should be? I don't know it I could really eat much more?

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11/25/12 5:46 P

It sounds like you have made far too many changes far too quickly. I had a peek at your nutrition tracker and altho' there were only a couple days recorded, I was quite concerned - the calories were below 1000 and one day the fat was only 11 grams. That is waaaay too low if that is ALL that you ate.

I suggest that you go back to what you were doing and make gradual changes. Baby steps is the best way to do this, and that applies to nutrition (calories AND what you eat) and exercise. Only change one or two things and allow your mind/body to get used to the changes before adding something else to the mix. With calories, you may find it best to just go down in small increments - I found 50 cal. increments were all my body could take, and I didn't have many calories to reduce in the first place. Eat within your calorie range - and it will be NO LESS than 1200. Your body needs that to get all the nutrients that enable it to f unction properly, and that is for a sedentary woman.

The other thing I noticed when looking at your SparkPage is that you are very young, and a mum. Is your baby not long born? If so, PLEASE seek the advice of your Dr before you embark on anything. If you are breastfeeding you WILL need more calories than the 1200 minimum mentioned, and more balance to your nutrition for you and your baby.


Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 11/25/2012 (17:50)
YOLANDER11 SparkPoints: (123)
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11/25/12 5:18 P

Hey there,
Does anybody else have the problem when trying to lead a healthier lifestyle and lose weight all you think about is eating? I swear before I even wake up properly in the morning its the first thing I think of!!

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