Weight Loss Support - How do you get rid of the afternoon sweet craving?




Lumia
04-17-2013, 07:59 AM
Hello lads and ladies,

I get a strong sweet craving daily after (healthy) lunch. I drink green tea at the end of the meal, and then I start almost obssessing with chocolate or cake or pie for the rest of the afternoon.

Do you have that as well? how do you deal with it?


Ronja
04-17-2013, 08:19 AM
I do!! And apart form having a mental breakdwon and eating a whole chocolate bar like yesterday (see my other thread here!) I manage just fine doing this:

I drink a big glass of water, I make coffee, take one little piece of a high quality chocolate, leave the kitchen, and enjoy my coffee and my little chocolate treat. The water keeps me hydrated and makes me feel physically more "full", coffee and chocolate taste amazing and it's just enough to get rid of the craving.

lunarsongbird
04-17-2013, 08:42 AM
I supplement with chromium and l-glutamine for a few weeks. :)


summerkate83
04-17-2013, 09:34 AM
I'm with Ronja I love to eat dark chocolate dove promises for my sweet tooth-I try to keep it under 1 serving per day. A little bit of chocolate goes a long way!!

Angelic Fruitcake
04-17-2013, 09:35 AM
I don't fight it. I don't go for a big piece of cake but I do eat something sweet like a granola bar, yogurt or piece of fruit. I make it fit into my calorie budget (or point budget since I'm doing WW) for the day.

Chelle0928
04-17-2013, 09:43 AM
I don't fight it. I don't go for a big piece of cake but I do eat something sweet like a granola bar, yogurt or piece of fruit. I make it fit into my calorie budget (or point budget since I'm doing WW) for the day.

Same here! I know that if I save 4 points I can have a huge delicious skinny cow mint chocolate ice cream sandwich and not feel guilty

joefla70
04-17-2013, 09:44 AM
I don't usually have those cravings, but I typically have a coffee at that time flavored with Torani sugar free chocolate syrup. It is a nice treat.

joefla70
04-17-2013, 09:49 AM
I try to eat fruit, but occassionally I take a spoonful of all natural honey peanut butter and put it on a graham cracker. It it gets rid of a sweet craving and I don't feel terrible about it afterwards.

I've done that before... with just the spoonful (small) of peanut butter.

Psychic
04-17-2013, 09:51 AM
I get my sweet craving early in the morning, but usually only every once in a while. I usually just eat a 90 calorie Fiber One Brownie or an 80 Calorie Archer Farms Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Indulgent Granola Bar (from Target). No point in fighting it. If I do, I'll just eat something worse later on.

SuperCecilia
04-17-2013, 10:02 AM
I find that if I eat enough at breakfast and lunch, and have a small mid-morning snack (like a small apple with a handful of sunflower seeds), and if I eat more protein and fewer carbs, then I don't get that 3 pm super hungry sweet-craving like I used to.

However, if I do feel like something sweet, I'll make hot cocoa with organic skim milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, and 1-2 tsp of sugar. That does the trick.

punkrocksong
04-17-2013, 10:03 AM
I try to eat fruit, but occassionally I take a spoonful of all natural honey peanut butter and put it on a graham cracker. It it gets rid of a sweet craving and I don't feel terrible about it afterwards.

BreathingSpace
04-17-2013, 01:24 PM
Either 1 square of organic chocolate

or 1 chocolate hard candy.

you would be surprised how much the chocolate hard candy works!

rubidoux
04-17-2013, 01:51 PM
Yes, if my healthy meal includes starches/grains. If not, I tend to not have an issue.

One treat that tends to satisfy me, though, is starbucks coffee with sugar free mocha and heavy whipping cream. Super yummy!

newleaf123
04-17-2013, 02:22 PM
I have a handful of nuts that I have added diced dried pineapple and papaya to. The nuts satisfy my desire to chomp and the dried fruit hits the sweet tooth.

That and/or herbal or green tea.

Lumia
04-17-2013, 02:27 PM
Hey everyone! Thanks for all the tips!
I brushed my teeth after lunch and the craving was gone!. I was able to wait until 4 to have grapefruit.

nitrus29
04-17-2013, 02:37 PM
sweet cravings?? Oh yeah.. post lunch ALWAYS !!
I pop a couple of fresh grapes in my mouth !! They work wonders ;)

elvislover324
04-17-2013, 02:57 PM
I don't usually have those cravings, but I typically have a coffee at that time flavored with Torani sugar free chocolate syrup. It is a nice treat.

I do this too!! Except I happen to have Jordan's Mocha Skinny Syrup but it's the same idea. I use it in either hot or iced coffee and if I am at home, blend it a bit to get frothy (and icy if iced). It's sooooo good, I think I'm going to make one right now! :carrot:

glitterhairdye
04-17-2013, 03:25 PM
Personally, I can't have any chocolate and have to fight the cravings. I can't usually stop at just one and that makes me want more or I'll have one the next day. So I just gave up refined sugar for the most part. If at the end of the day I'm still under my calories, then I'll have a hot chocolate which is only 80 cal when made with water. It gives me some satisfaction and I don't let myself go over with it.