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An easy way out?

No such thing I know. Im looking for an easy way to cut calories. I have stopped drinking pop but I cant stop snacking! Should I just try healthier snacks or stop snacking all together? I consume enough calories that I dont need snacks but I cant help it! Ugh! I need help!

Sat. Sep 22, 2:27am

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Definitely switch to healthy snacks rather than stopping snacking altogether. Very often my snacks are the same size as my "meals", because I try to combine a fruit or veggie plus a protein each time I sit down to eat. Try to eat enough to be "almost full".

Saturday, September 22, 2007, 8:35 AM

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I say if you're eating just to eat, then stop the snacking. Find something else to do besides eat. I did all my unnecessary snacking at night, was never hungry, I just ate, and when I cut that out I found it much, much easier to stay within my calories for the day and lose weight. Even today, though, I'll 'plan' on afternoon snacks, but I'll skip it if I'm not hungry and just eat dinner a little earlier so I'm not ready to eat everything in sight by the time dinner rolls around. And, you are better off if you get rid of the junk food snacks and just have better options on hand, so if you do want/need to snack - you're setting yourself up for success. All habits are hard to break no matter which route you go. Fight the urges to eat more when you don't need it, to snack when you're not hungry, etc. There will be discomfort, but it's usually emotional discomfort that you need to just power through. Good luck!!

Saturday, September 22, 2007, 1:40 PM

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Things that help me:

Sometimes I snack becasue I'm hungry, others when I'm bored. The point is: ask yourself why your eating before you do. This is harder than it seems!

What helps me is stocking up on healthy snacks, and keeping a low cal snack around for those weak moments when I need to snack and munch. Mine is baby carrots. I eat so many carrots.

Good luck, buddy!

Extra tips:
Don't linger in the kitchen.
Drink water often.
Drink water before.
Tea at night. Atleast two cups. Helps with nighttime cravings.
Brush your teeth!


Saturday, September 22, 2007, 3:43 PM

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I would never be able to stick to this new lifestiyle if I couldn't have my snacks. I am a night time snacker. During the day I can keep my mind occupied enough but at night it is much harder. So I take my calorie alottment for the day and I keep back about 200 cal for the snacking.
When I started out it was chex mix. I couldn't live without it. Now I want fruit. It has been just over 5 months and I have lost over 110 pounds. Sometimes I am not hungry but I have to eat my snack anyway because I keep my calories so low.
I have not once felt deprived on this plan. I have had cravings and twice had more than I should have and felt out of control. but I have my days just like anyone else.
I guess my suggestion would be to keep a few calories back for a snack.
I also sometimes want cruch so I have a 100 cal bag of popcorn or rice cakes or wasa with fat free cream cheese and an ounce or so of meat. All these things help to keep you from feeling deprived. Or it has me anyway.
Good luck.

Saturday, September 22, 2007, 7:54 PM

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