I don't like chocolate but do have a sweet tooth. When it's hitting I eat a piece of chocolate, such as Weight Watchers toffee or even 100 calorie M&M packets. I keep sweets at my desk at work so I dont have the temptation. And I keep gum with me at all times. Even when I make a conscious decision sometimes I'll find myself having "just a taste", two brownies later I realized I couldn't just pop it in my mouth if I had gum.
I should add that I don't give in, nor would I recommend giving in, to temptation all the time. It's a conscious choice. At my workplace, just about every day someone brings in treats. I almost never eat those. I think it's okay when it's a mindful decision and fits within your nutritional goals.
Walking by a plate of cookies and deciding on the spur of the moment to eat it without really thinking it through is not a mindful decision :)
First problem: You said you're on the second day of your "diet."
If you're ON a "diet," that implies that one day you'll be OFF your "diet." You should be making an entire lifestyle change that you'll be keeping up for the rest of your life!
So, does that mean you never get to have chocolate again? Of course not!!!
When I'm very tempted by a delicious treat, this is what I say to myself: "Wow, that chocolate looks so good. But I'm choosing not to eat that, because it doesn't fit into my nutritional plan for today. Plus if I eat that now, I'm going to be craving more junk all day. Maybe I'll treat myself to some chocolate on Friday..."
And then you know what? 99% of the time, I forget all about the chocolate. :)
When you're craving, you need to be tough and tell yourself, "I don't NEED something sweet right now, I WANT something sweet. I don't have a nutritional need for sweets." And then, ask yourself if you'd like to have an apple. Because if an apple, which is naturally sweet, doesn't sound good to you, you're probably not even really hungry.
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I agree with Michelle. I have a horrible sweet tooth and I've gotten to the point where I have to acknowledge that sugar sets me off on a craving spree. However, if I manage to avoid sweets for a few days, the cravings are almost non-existent.
I am on day four of my diet. I have been struggling to give up the sweets, too - and I just made the decision (today) to give them up for a while. Literally.. I made the decision a couple of hours ago.
I had a piece of cake in front of me. It was for my colleagues birthday. I took a bite of frosting, then threw the rest of it away. Mid-slice, I decided "No more." If the goal is to lose weight, then eating cake won't help.
Yes - everything in moderation is an ESSENTIAL part of losing and maintaining, but that means not giving in to every craving! Save it. You will be happy you did. I felt SO good when I threw that cake away. And I feel even BETTER now. I can only imagine how good I will feel TONIGHT, and NEXT WEEK when the scale goes down!
ok, well I'm a big believer in allowing yourself treats. There's nothing wrong with having A piece of chocolate. Just be sure to add it to your nutrition tracker and be honest about its size. It's best if you don't have to guess -- maybe the nutrition info is right on the box.
Others might say "Don't do it!! Resist the temptation!!"" Not me. Resisting the temptation is not eating the whole box. One chocolate is not going to kill you.
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