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10/24/17 6:58 P



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JAQUELYN_KNIGHT,

If you want to reduce your cravings for sweets, increase your intake of fresh fruit.
The natural sweetness of the fruit will help decrease your cravings for highly refined sugar. You mentioned that you eat 3 servings of fruit/veggies. For optimum health, a person should be eating 6-9. So, you may find if you increase the amount of fresh fruit and veggies you eat, you wont crave sweets.

Part of the problem may be you're not eating enough healthy food to fuel your day. So when you don't have enough energy, your body craves the junk. That's why you should try increasing the amount of fruit/veggies you eat. When you increase the amount of fruit/veggies you eat, you also increase the amount of FIBER. eating foods that are high in fiber will also help decrease any sugar cravings.

Mostly, what you need to do is stop buying the junk. How much money do you spend each week on sugary treats ? How about those coffee drinks from places like Starbucks ? Those are loaded with sugar. All that money you spend on treats could be used to buy fresh fruit, veggies and more wholesome snacks.


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What do you class a serving of fruit/veges. IF it is a proper measure, as in 80g, then 3 serves is not enough. It needs to be increased to 7+ a day. You may find that by doing that you are less likely to give in to your sweet tooth, because a lot of the fruits have a 'sweet' component to them.

Being on a healthy lifestyle journey doesn't mean that you have to give up the foods that you enjoy. Perhaps you could make your own pizza .... a healthier version, and freeze excess. When I buy pizza, I only get the thin-based ones, and ask them to leave it uncut. I mine into smaller pieces than traditionally cut, and eat salad or soup with it so there is less pizza but more of the less calorie-dense food.

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10/24/17 4:59 P

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Thanks for your response, dear ARCHIMEDESII,

To be honest, I'm actually used to walking ~6miles (10km) on daily basis and I enjoy it with music, so that's a no thinker, when it comes to making changes. I drink 1,5l of water, because that's as much as I need on daily basis, my sleep schedule is perfect and I have 3 daily servings of fruit / vegetables.
But the problem is my sweet tooth and I'm just trying to find a way to concentrate my mind on something else, when I start thinking about these things, but I don't know how to do it.



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JAQUELYN_KNIGHT,

Perhaps the reason you're having trouble staying "on track" is because you're trying to do too much too soon for your body to handle. When a person decides they need to lose weight, they are almost always in a panic. They want to know what's the fastest way to lose !!!! I know, I'll eat a lot less and exercise an hour or more a day !!

Well, people do this all the time and what happens ? They tend to quit after 2-3 weeks because they set goals which were too ambitious.

The fact is, if it took you years to pack on the weight, it's going to take time to take it off. You can't expect the weight to magically drop off just because you're eating a little better or exercising. So, what's a person to do ?

Start with some simple changes first. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Set some simple goals. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. if you were sedentary, don't start with an hour of exercise a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week.

once you've achieved these goals, you do them again or you set new goals. setting simple goals will help you to SLOWLY ease into a healthier set of habits. NO ONE ever became a healthy eater overnight. it's impossible. there really is way too much to learn. And that's your problem. You're trying to do too much.

I suggest that if you are ready to make a change, just start with some simple changes you know that you CAN stick too. And losing weight can be as simple as eating 2-3 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each day, taking a daily walk and drinking 2-4 glasses of water. these things are simple healthy things you can do that will help you learn better habits.

Now, if you feel you're always hungry, you cut your calorie intake too low too fast. instead, you're going to need to eat a bit more. that doesn't mean eat burgers and chips. it means eating 2-3 servings of fruit and veggies. It means learning to buy fruit that is on sale !!! It means learning how to shop for healthy foods. Because you can find bargains out there. But, once again, this is something you need to learn.

Losing weight takes time. you're going to have to accept that. if you don't, you'll never lose the weight because you'll always be looking for your next diet. If you want to lose weight, you have to slow down.

so, tell me... what are some simple things you can do this week that will help you learn healthier habits ?


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10/24/17 2:03 P

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Hey, guys!!!

So, my story is kind of a good one, when talking about dealing with extra weight. In my teen years, up until like sixteen I was a skinny as a stick energetic girl, etc... Later on, I got depression, caused by bullying and... that's where everything went down the hill for me. For the next three years, my highest weight reached 155-160lbs (~70kg.), but then, at the age of 19, I managed to loose 26lbs (~12kg) and that was a very positive thing. My weight dropped from 70 to 58kg and that was a very good change for me. I am in my second year BA studies and ever since the studies started, I'm gonna be completely honest, in a couple of months I gained 10kg and that's been driving me crazy, even though I walk places every day, do pilates every other day and I run. The thing is, over the summer I managed to have the best nutrition ever, nothing too strict, nothing too laid back. I managed to fall inlove with all sorts of vegetables and fruits, because I wasn't really a fan before. So over the summer, my weight dropped to a nice 55kg (120lbs) and that was all that I ever wanted and it was enough.
The problem is... I gained back, like literally... 10kg... I mean, my nutrition went down the hill, so I know my problem, but the thing is... I don't know how to fix it and it's driving me crazy... I mean, I look quite normal, you know, you can see that I'm not skinny, but I'm quite lean, though curvy, but still.. I sit down, and there are rolls... like... seriously... :D :D
I get plenty of sleep during the night, but during the day I feel tired. In the morning I drink water on an empty stomach, coffee later on and eat eggs with bell peppers as well as a fruit and for the past two weeks I've been telling myself "this is it, I can pull this off, the whole "back to healthy nutrition" thing"... but... I just can't... I come back home and even though I drink water through out the day and it's usually 3pm when I'm back, I get these freakin' uncontrollable cravings for chocolate, pizza, all sorts of buns, etc... everything that's pure carbs and seriously... no matter how much water I drink, to fill my stomach and just feel noxious in order not to crave that crap, or no matter how many bananas, apples, veggies, etc. I eat, I still crave those things and I've been in that circle of eating healthy in the morning, but giving in in the afternoon, for like two months now.
Have any of you, guys, have experienced something like that? How did you dealt with it? Because I'm really going crazy... I meany, not only weight-wise, but money-wise as well, 'cause I live in an expensive ass country, where a bar of chocolate costs more than apples... :D



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