Originally Posted by john_and_peters_mom
Well, here I go again. We just celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday (Canadian) and had a lot of food! It is almost midnight next day and I am still eating! I have absolutley no self control and am so worried that the 34 pounds that I have lost since June is going to creep back up on me.
Any advise on how to stop eating and get back on track? I lose willpower after trying to lose weight for a few months. This happens all of the time! How do I stay on track?
It's Thanksgiving! Even as strict as I was last year while losing weight I definitely didn't watch what I ate AT ALL on my birthday, Thanksgiving and Christmas day.
This is just my own experience - everyone is different, so you have to figure out what works for you.
1. I never overly restricted - I kept my calories up so that my body never felt like it was starving and my body binged to make up for dramatic calorie loss. Not one binge in over 15 months!!
2. I cut out all sugar for about 8 months (except for the three days mentioned above). I didn't realize I was a sugar addict until I went cold turkey on the stuff. I still ate tons of fruit to satisfy my sweet tooth, but I quit eating sugary cereal, packaged baked goods - any of the foods that in the past I had never been able to eat 1. This included foods like Snackwell's cookies, since even one cookie made me want to eat the box.
I have been able to slowly add back in some treats after reaching my maintenance weight - but I don't really crave them anymore. It's kind of a miracle.
3. Keep the house a junk free zone.
To me, the most important thing to do would be to throw out all the bad food currently in your house (if you can), plan a healthy menu for the week (breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner) go to the grocery store and stock up on foods you want to eat.
Do not react to an overeating episode by restricting - just go back to a healthy plan of good foods and eat a healthy number of calories for the day (for me that number is never go below 1600 - but that is just my number based on my age, weight, gender, height and activity level).
It's not like a test you can only take one time pass/fail - just keep going.