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Okay, I've lost four pounds, like I said in my previous post. However, as soon as I learned that, I seemed to go a little crazy: lots of cookies, big meals, frequent (and I mean almost non-stop) snacking.

And I feel bad about this. I'm afraid I'm never going to be "happy" (I am happy, just not like I used to be) if I don't get this under control. I know it comes from my dad. He's overweight (I'm not), but he constantly snacks. Every time he goes into the kitchen, he grabs something to eat. I see so much of myself in him, and it scares me. I don't want to be as heavy as he is. So, staring now, I will change my habits. I'll eat only when I'm truly hungry, I won't eat late at night, and I'll stop snacking so much and just wait for dinner. I'll get my dog on a walk every day, and I'll keep walking the "laps" around my school every morning. I've come this far, and I can't afford to stop now. I know I can do this, and I'm ready to go to bed every night without feeling like I've let myself down.

So pretty much I'm just asking for support, and lots of it. If I feel like there are other people behind me, I think I'll be more motivated to keep it up. Because I'd be letting other people down to, right? Okay, let's get this going!
 

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*hands you my support*

Here you go! Here's my support. I'm rooting for you. :p

Cutting out snacks was the first step I took when I decided to lose weight. If a lot of your current calorie intake is through unneeded snacking, then it's obvious that by cutting these out, it'll provide you with some benefit.

Just ensure that what you do eat is healthy and adequete.
 

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i can really, really relate. i've been like that my whole life. i often feel like food is too important to me. i'm either eating, or thinking about the fact that i'm not eating. sometimes. sometimes i'm fine with food. my opinion here might be biased because i did have an eating disorder (recovered now), which yes was caused by several things but one of them was feeling greedy for eating so much. i don't know, i don't knwo about this subject yet. all i know is i'm at a fine weight now but i'm getting back to being obsessed with snacking and i'll definitely join you and give moral support on your quest to be healthier about food!!
 

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I support you! I know I've had my struggles w/weight... I've gained weight over the past year (in a healthy way...but it's still hard no matter how much people tell me how much better I look)

Don't think you're letting people down if you cave into snacking! It's ok to snack, even every so often on not so healthy snacks. We all give into temptation sometimes, as long as it's in moderation it's ok. (I admit, I've got a thing for potato chips!) When you feel like snacking go for the fruits/veggies first & if you're craving something bad, have one portion of it. It may also help to have 5-6 smaller meals a day every few hours. Just don't beat yourself up over it & know you've got people here to talk to. PM me anytime if you need to.
 

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I have this same problem. When I have a success or even when I think too much about dieting/losing weight (like when reading "success stories" or reviewing diet journals, weight loss websites, etc) I get an almost uncontrollable urge to eat junk foods. I think it is a deeply based desire to sabotage myself and, therefore, not have to deal with either being successful or not quite making the gaols I set.

I think this would be classed as a type of eating disorder if you speak to a specialist. My doctor says it sounds like stress-related compulsive eating. I try to avoid weighing myself more than once a week and I avoid visiting/viewing things specifically related to weight loss success. I try to focus on the daily effort of eating healthy, exersizing, and how I physically and mentally feel. This helps take the pressure off of acheiving arbitrary goals (like a number or a size) and puts the focus my health.
 

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Good luck! What you need to consider is not whether you need to give up snacking, but whether you should snack on better things!!

I hope it works out for you, keep us updated!

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I've had a really good day today, and I feel great about it! I had some museli for breakfast (never knew how good that stuff was! Now I'm addicted; I have to have it for breakfast!); a few carrots (big ones, not baby ones), applesauce, peanut butter, and a pita wrap w/peppers for lunch, and I just had a quick after school snack of two Nature Valley bars (1 packet). I think I'll do some bean nachos for dinner. I just feel so much better and more energetic when I don't overeat. Hope I can keep it up!
 

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Same exact thing happened to me. I lost four pounds, and then put on three because I figured I must be on the "right track". My basic advice would just be to not let other peoples' habits bring you down. There will always be that problem family member or friend. I had a friend, when I was on Atkins (ducks flying objects) that would slip sugar into my food. I'm not kidding.

So just see it as a challenge, and don't let them "beat" you. Or maybe that just works for my competative nature. lol.
 

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Try snacking on healthy stuff. If you feel the urge to put something in your mouth, grab some carrot sticks. There's so much crunching involved that it'll take a while and satisfy the snacking urge, while adding very few calories. Carrots have become my top staple food lately.

--Fromper

 

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if you crave salty snacks like i do always keep some dill pickles in the fridge, they have virtually no calories and have saved me from ruining an entire day of healthy eating at night.
 

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Well, I really backslid again today. I got home, after a good day, and ate a muffin that my mom brought home (cinnamon chip-- AMAZING!). Not so bad, huh? Then I ate nearly half a tub of vanilla ice cream, then finally cooked my stir fried rice, of which I made too much, but still ate it all. I felt so bloated and nasty for about an hour. It's like when I start snacking, or I eat something "bad", I can't stop. I dunno. I'll just have to ask my mom to buy some nuts so I have something healthy to snack on. Thanks for all the support guys!
 

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just be careful snacking on nuts. they are healthy but you should only have about 1/4 cup at a time because they are relatively high in fat
 

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I had a great day! I woke up, ate some muesli, went to school, had a HUGE orange (I love oranges, and this thing was GIGANTIC!) and some veggie soup I brought, and a handful of nuts for a snack, a bean burrito thing (just beans, seasoning, and the tortilla), and a small chocolate chip muffin for my sweet tooth.
I also took my dog on a loooong walk (it's finally warmed up!), walked some "laps" in my school, and I have to work tonight, and my job's pretty active. I'm feelin good!
 
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