Weight Loss Support - How many people here hate cravings when trying to lose weight?




teawithsunshine
03-30-2009, 11:19 PM
I find cravings so annoying!

I've had chocolate on the brain for the last couple of days... I haven't had the desire to have any chocolate since I last had some in October of last year.

But I figured, I might as well have a serving of dark bitter chocolate tonight and get the craving over with.

UGH!

Anyone else find cravings just the pits when trying to lose weight?

~ tea


CakeBatter
03-30-2009, 11:29 PM
Heck yeah! And it seems like if you try and ignore it for a few days it just won't go away. It is like nagging you until you give in to just a LITTLE bit!

DCHound
03-30-2009, 11:45 PM
The beauty (well, one of the beautiful things) about low-low carb is, no cravings. I haven't had a real craving (i.e., more than just a passing thought) for anything with carbs in 7 months. Life is good.


Lovlab
03-31-2009, 01:31 AM
PPPIIIIIIIIIIIIIIZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAA!!
I have pizza on the brain right now - not good healthy homemade pizza, but fattening greasy pizza! I know you have to give in to these sometimes before you can move on, but I know I will regret it so bad. Good luck with your cravings!

canadianwoman
03-31-2009, 02:06 AM
I have heard that if you are craving chocolate then you might be low in magnesium.

kestrel
03-31-2009, 02:25 AM
:o I just finished having 2 small squares of good dark chocolate, I was having a craving too. But now my craving has been satiated, and I thoroughly enjoyed my 2 squares.

geoblewis
03-31-2009, 03:30 AM
When I'm not worrying about what I'm eating, I don't recognize cravings. I just eat what I want. But the moment I cut back and track what I want, suddenly I crave pasta with olive oil and garlic, chocolate, queen olives stuffed with almonds, and anything with cheese. I also crave arugula greens topped with sardines packed in olive oil and lemon juice. Fatty foods with strong flavors, basically.

Overeating healthy foods is still overeating, isn't it?

Georgia

learningtoliveagain
03-31-2009, 05:12 AM
Potato chips! I constantly grave them. I gave in a week ago and had a handful of the baked Lays, not the same thing. I crave the salt and the grease that is left in the bowl. So I just haven't allowed myself to by them. I refuse to even go down that isle in the grocery store.

Su-Bee
03-31-2009, 09:18 AM
When I have a craving (a REAL craving, not a passing thought!), I just try to work it into my calories for the day. Craving chocolate doesn't mean I have to eat a whole king-size bar. Craving pizza doesn't mean I have to eat the whole pie. Craving wine doesn't mean I need to finish the bottle. And usually a slice of pizza, a glass or two of wine, or a small piece of chocolate, if it's really what I want, can be worked into my calorie allocation without too much trouble.

Devsmama
03-31-2009, 09:43 AM
Ice Cream!!!!!!! Damn Ice Cream!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wifey
03-31-2009, 09:57 AM
Ooooohhhhh they annoy me too! I tend to crave salt vs sugar, but it hasn't stopped me from eating sugary crap lately :(
I LOVE Ruffles Plain chips...it's my main vice, but I've been good and haven't had any in well over a month. Instead...I gave into movie popcorn on the weekend...the next "best" thing....UGH!:(

ICUwishing
03-31-2009, 10:06 AM
Oh, yes - I hate the cravings. My weakness is the salt. I had a rough week with that last week - until I discovered (after 15 years of binge behavior) that viciously hot sauce/salsa can kill it with minimal damage. I'm still battling the desire for the salty chips, the whole jar of pickles, or yeah - straight salt ... but celery sticks with habanero salsa have become my uncomfortable comfort food. Much to my surprise - those hot peppers have a lot of nutritional benefit!

sweetandspicy
03-31-2009, 10:25 AM
Ice cream and it will just get worse this summer. I was getting ice cream out for the kids and I did lick the spoon, what I realized is it was not as wonderful as I remembered and hope that will satisfy my craving for a little while.

I usually do not eat much salt, but Sunday my husband brought home McDonalds for the kids and all I could think about was french fries or at least licking the salt off of the fries.. Not sure why..but I resisted.

Looking4Change
03-31-2009, 10:39 AM
If I'm not around it I don't really crave it. However my issue is being out and seeing what other people are eating! Then of course I want what they are having!

rockinrobin
03-31-2009, 10:50 AM
How many people here hate cravings when trying to lose weight?

Not me. I absolutely LOVE having cravings. Love, love, LOVE them. ;)

Okay, sorry, but I couldn't resist. But honestly, I can't imagine anyone really enjoying having cravings for off-plan foods. They're strong and oh so annoying.

Luckily, when I gave up the stuff that I craved the most, the desire for them greatly diminished. And lo and behold, I now actually crave the healthy stuff. What an unbelievable miracle!! So craving the healthy stuff is not an issue for me.

Now, when I "crave" things, it's usually because I see them. More of a temptation then an actually craving. Like if I'm at someone's house or a party and I'm faced with tempting foods. More like a spoiled brat, little kid, rant, "I want it. I want it. I want it."

At that point, I rely heavily on "self-talk" as I have to remind myself that just because I want something, doesn't mean that I HAVE to have it. That absolutely nothing terrible will happen to me if I don't eat it. Just the opposite in fact. That I am an adult and that I eat responsibly, sensibly, mindfully and intelligently. I have self-talked my way out of many a sticky situation. Luckily, most of the times it works, other times - not asmuch. ;)

tinycities
03-31-2009, 10:52 AM
When I have a craving (a REAL craving, not a passing thought!), I just try to work it into my calories for the day. Craving chocolate doesn't mean I have to eat a whole king-size bar. Craving pizza doesn't mean I have to eat the whole pie. Craving wine doesn't mean I need to finish the bottle. And usually a slice of pizza, a glass or two of wine, or a small piece of chocolate, if it's really what I want, can be worked into my calorie allocation without too much trouble.

I absolutely agree. Moderation is key. I think it's harder to be restrained and have just a small portion of something you're craving than it is to deny yourself it altogether, but once you've learned that self-discipline that's required to eat moderately, it's so liberating. I hated feeling like I had no control around food, and not allowing myself to taste it or even see or be around unhealthy foods was just another facet of that food-victim, no-self-control mentality.

For me, I think it's insane to go on thinking about and craving a food but "banning" yourself from it altogether. I very rarely have cravings, and I think that's because I don't persistently refuse myself the things that I really feel like eating. Why would I want to punish myself like that? To me, that sort of thinking screams "argh, fat person crazy diet" and not sustainable, normal and healthy lifestyle.

iamacrayon
03-31-2009, 11:05 AM
I'e been craving pizza and ice-cream recently, to get over the ice-cream I got myself some sorbet that doesn't have many calories or fat in it at all, but I'm still at a loss as to how to cure the pizza craving other than just ordering one...any ideas?!

Suzyszoo
03-31-2009, 11:26 AM
My darling 17 year old son is a terrific cook, and last night made himself a calzone...it looked and smelled SO good...

I relented, and let myself have two small bites. Just to get the taste. And, I was fine.

Then 13 year old daughter decided to eat ice cream next to me on the couch...chocolate, with chunkies all in it. Again, I let myself have two bites. Small bites, but again, the taste was what I was craving.

I find cravings are different from being hungry...so bites for me are all I need. I need that taste. I wasn't hungry. If I'm hungry, then that tray of roasted veggies hits the spot. If I'm craving...then I need that taste. Might as well take a small bite or two, get it over with.