That problem for me is now WELL behind me, but I do have strong memories of this happening to me, too. It WAS the only time I had a sweet tooth, and I could pig out like nothing else at those times. BUT I did learn a good trick to help reduce it happening.
I would get some good chocolate (high cocao %) and take a piece, smell it and enjoy that sense, nibble a bit off and suck on it in my mouth, enjoying those flavours, texture etc., then swallow it. I would repeat a few times. Sometimes that 1 piece was all I needed, but sometimes I needed a couple more. I would only buy LITTLE bars so I wasn't tempted to scoff it all.
The other thing is to ensure that you are eating enough protein throughout the day - especially when you are working out - because it helps to keep you fuller for longer.
Factoring in some little nibbles/snacks during the day also helps - things like nuts, dried dates, pieces of fruit etc. are really helpful.
Take note that this journey is about moderation and lifestyle - not deprivation. Those who forbid themselves the occasional treat often do themselves more harm than good, because ultimately they fall off the wagon and stay off.
I would suggest that most of the time you should consider eating toward the lower end of your range, taking into account your exercise regime etc., and this allows you to be more flexible at those other times. I actually often suggest to people that they allow themselves one day per every two weeks to eat whatever they want (without going too crazy) because it really does help with reducing that deprivation/boredom feeling. I practice what I preach, and had no problems reaching my goals. I DO know that it doesn't work for everyone, but for most it would and I strongly suspect that you would be one of those people it would work well for :-)
Take care, and don't go beating yourself up. What you did is actually quite normal for a lot of people.
Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 10/5/2012 (05:39)
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