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Can anyone help me cut my cravings?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 24, 2013 at 3:02 AM

Hi everyone! I desperately want to get lean and mean. I started the slow carb diet in January of this year, and I went from 188 to 174 in about 4 months, because I cheated more often that I should have. But, after following the diet very strictly and seeing minimal results, I became frustrated. That's when I read about the paleo diet. It seemed like a perfect fit. By cutting the legumes, and therefore carbs and unwanted calories, I could get lean in record time! And, for a while, things went perfectly. I got down to 165 and was feeling great.

Now, however, I'm having troubles. Mainly, cravings. I'm not sure if they're genuine hunger, or just habits, but I get insane cravings for sweets! That wouldn't be so bad, except I keep giving in to them. Now I'm back up to 176 and feeling terrible :( About myself, and about my future prospects. Mainly, I'm looking for a way to either cut my hunger cravings, or to get past them when they arrive. And yes, I keep the sweets out of my house. But I work at a supermarket, so I'm exposed to the crap ALL DAY at work. And I'm not about to quit my job.

So basically, if anyone has encountered this problem before, and has any tips, I would greatly appreciate it! I'm definitely going to keep on trying, but I'm just so disheartened by all the progress I've lost. If someone has some motivation techniques, or snack ideas that won't unhinge my weight loss progress (too much), I would be your friend forever. Seriously :)

Thanks for reading this long-winded post, and thank you for your time!

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on July 31, 2013
at 09:37 PM

Which brand of hoodia do you reccomend? I've heard that a lot of them are counterfeit

E80fcc74f0036fba038dcd1428e759f5

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on July 25, 2013
at 03:45 PM

Yeah, I totally know what you mean. Sometimes it's just better not to eat what you crave, or you won't be able to stop (happens to me a lot). In those cases it works to brush my teeth, because the flavor signals my body that eating time is over.. It's weird but you can always try !

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on July 24, 2013
at 08:00 PM

(2/2) -Eat some starch! Your diet is very low in carbs. As several other people have pointed out, adding a sweet potato every day or some more starchy vegetables usually helps especially if you're craving sweets. You CANNOT eat both low-fat and low-carb. It just doesn't work; your body can't get a majority of calories from protein. It's no wonder to me that you're having cravings. I think a spoon or two of almond butter during a craving might help, because almond butter is high in fat, but a better strategy would be to prevent the craving altogether by eating enough fat (and carbs) in the fir

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on July 24, 2013
at 07:59 PM

(1/?) -You are probably not eating enough, depending on the size of your portions. Chicken breast is very lean, and so is grass-fed beef. If your pork, is pastured, that's also very lean. If that chicken breast is skinless you're definitely deficient in fat and probably also in calories. Try plugging your diet into Fitday or Cronometer for a few days; you might be surprised! Add coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, fatty meats, etc. This will help you not feel so hungry!

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on July 24, 2013
at 06:32 PM

That's a great idea! Chicken fat is disgusting, but pork and beef fat are delicious! Maybe I should eat less chicken, more pork and beef. Because right now, my main meat is chicken, simply because it's my favorite, and my place of work sells rotisserie chickens for 4.49, so it's convenient for lunch. Maybe I should start cooking my lunches ahead of time

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on July 24, 2013
at 06:28 PM

I eat mostly chicken breast with veggies, grass-fed beef with veggies, and pork with veggies. I try not to eat fruit or almonds, because I hear too much can stall your weight loss. Should I indulge in a spoon or two of almond butter when those cravings hit? Maybe that would help...

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on July 24, 2013
at 06:26 PM

Thank you for the support! I keep justifying my eating of sweets, by saying "just this one, then I'm done", but I never am. I just keep bingeing. If I can find a way to not satisfy that craving at all, I'll be set! :)

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on July 24, 2013
at 07:15 AM

You may need more carbs. Throw in some squashes, (sweet) potatoes, plantains,... Take a look at http://perfecthealthdiet.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/Food-Plate-600dpi.jpg Eating more "safe starches" solved this problem for me. Paleo CAN be (very) low carb but isn't in se. Lower carb than the Western pattern diet.

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on July 24, 2013
at 04:08 AM

Actually, no, you do NOT need carbs. Protein and fat are essential to human survival, carbohydrates are not. In fact, there have been entire cultures that have survived for very, very long times with low to zero carbs!

48ad5b0ca0bd47b0c44996ab7882edb1

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on July 24, 2013
at 03:32 AM

Thanks for the advice, I'll look into that!

48ad5b0ca0bd47b0c44996ab7882edb1

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on July 24, 2013
at 03:30 AM

Thank you, it's nice to know that I'm not the only one having these problems. Literally NOBODY else that I know is even attempting to get into shape, and it's a little isolating sometimes, especially when I look at all the sugar-laced food they eat and compare it to my healthy, boring chicken, beef, pork, and veggies. I love eating that stuff, don't get me wrong. I just wish I felt more full after eating them. But, I gotta keep looking forward, and get back on that wagon! Thanks for the support :)

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48ad5b0ca0bd47b0c44996ab7882edb1

on July 24, 2013
at 11:16 PM

Today I had a revelation! Based off the advice all of you were gracious enough to provide, I decided to add some fat to my diet. So, today at lunch, I bought my usual meal: rotisserie chicken breast and veggies. However, this time I added one thing. An avocado. And the difference is INCREDIBLE! I finally feel full! I still get those cravings for sweets, sure, but now they're totally manageable. I can walk by the ice cream aisle and not feel the temptation! I now feel very optimistic about my future with this diet. As long as I remember to eat plenty of healthy fat with my meals, I feel I can get to my desired lean physique :) Thank you all so much for the advice and support, you helped me more than you know.

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on July 24, 2013
at 03:38 PM

What are you eating?

Specifically, are you eating enough? If you're trying to go on with 1200 calories a day, your body is going to be starving and freaking out all over the place trying to get you to eat ANYTHING in sight. I know you want to lose weight, but starvation is not the way to go; slow and steady wins the race in the end.

Other than that: try adding more safe starches, more fat, and more vegetables to your meals for some extra bulk.

Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

(4292)

on July 24, 2013
at 07:59 PM

(1/?) -You are probably not eating enough, depending on the size of your portions. Chicken breast is very lean, and so is grass-fed beef. If your pork, is pastured, that's also very lean. If that chicken breast is skinless you're definitely deficient in fat and probably also in calories. Try plugging your diet into Fitday or Cronometer for a few days; you might be surprised! Add coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, fatty meats, etc. This will help you not feel so hungry!

48ad5b0ca0bd47b0c44996ab7882edb1

(15)

on July 24, 2013
at 06:28 PM

I eat mostly chicken breast with veggies, grass-fed beef with veggies, and pork with veggies. I try not to eat fruit or almonds, because I hear too much can stall your weight loss. Should I indulge in a spoon or two of almond butter when those cravings hit? Maybe that would help...

Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

(4292)

on July 24, 2013
at 08:00 PM

(2/2) -Eat some starch! Your diet is very low in carbs. As several other people have pointed out, adding a sweet potato every day or some more starchy vegetables usually helps especially if you're craving sweets. You CANNOT eat both low-fat and low-carb. It just doesn't work; your body can't get a majority of calories from protein. It's no wonder to me that you're having cravings. I think a spoon or two of almond butter during a craving might help, because almond butter is high in fat, but a better strategy would be to prevent the craving altogether by eating enough fat (and carbs) in the fir

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6d1bd62c07b2ebb92926a6a43ac7b9ef

on July 24, 2013
at 03:26 PM

I agree with eating more fat, but what I find works the best is to fast for 24 hours, usually from lunch to lunch---this makes it easy so you eat food on both days. The fast takes away all of my cravings/snacking issues. I usually fast every other week. Plus there are numerous other benefits for your body in fasting.

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on July 24, 2013
at 01:23 PM

This is how I stopped the cravings. 1. Moved to 3 healthy paleo meals a day with brown rice and had my daily chocolate fix immediately after lunch. 2. Once that was stable I gave up the after lunch chocolate and all fruit. I had 21 days of withdrawal with day 21 the worst (and candida die off) and after that felt fine. 3. I still kept in that that point the brown rice but began moving to sweet or baked potato. 4. Next stage I cut out the carbs and gave up high carb foods like butter nut squash and red pepper. That and only then was when I stopped feeling hungry for the first time forever and some days have had 2 meals only because that was all I wanted. That was very low carb. Weight has gone down from about 153 pounds to 144. The target was 147 pounds by end of June (done it) and 140 by end of July (not sure I will quite manage that) and hopefully continue at 7 pounds a month but it is very hard and very slow going even when I'm in ketosis.

I agree with people above saying eat more fat. That works for me in curbing appetite.

I have found in the last 2 days I felt wrong, funny, weird and have had some sweet potato and butternut squash and carrots which has helped and not so far put more weight on.

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on July 24, 2013
at 05:49 AM

Sounds spot-on for what happened in the past. I felt like I could eat an entire water buffalo due to the hunger. The cravings were intense. I would literally salivate like a starved dog when I saw a candy wrapper.

Take the onion/broccoli test: Are you so hungry that you would be willing to eat an entire chunk of raw broccoli/onion? If you hesitate, then you are not truly hungry. If you are nodding while drooling, then you are hungry.

Up the fat intake! This will control your hunger. This is the key. This is what helped me and all my other paleo friends. They realized that they weren't eating enough fat from animals. Try it. :D ***EDIT: No, seriously, up you fat intake. I didn't realize that I was setting myself back by not consuming enough fat. I felt guilty if I did so. But once I did...I didn't go as crazy as I expected. I love meat. I love fat. So, I thought that not only would I go crazy on the fatty meat, but I would also unfortunately vacuum up the bunch of bananas on the counter. Turns out I was wrong. By only two chunks of medium sized pork cuts, I couldn't even finish half a banana. Also, four hours later, I wasn't that hungry! SUCCESS!

48ad5b0ca0bd47b0c44996ab7882edb1

(15)

on July 24, 2013
at 06:32 PM

That's a great idea! Chicken fat is disgusting, but pork and beef fat are delicious! Maybe I should eat less chicken, more pork and beef. Because right now, my main meat is chicken, simply because it's my favorite, and my place of work sells rotisserie chickens for 4.49, so it's convenient for lunch. Maybe I should start cooking my lunches ahead of time

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197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

on July 24, 2013
at 04:38 AM

I kicked my cravings by eating 1/2 c of white rice with lunch and dinner. Guess my body just needs the glucose. Much more than that, though, the fat around my waist seems to grow. So the hard part is limiting yourself to 1/2 - 1 c twice per day, max.

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E80fcc74f0036fba038dcd1428e759f5

on July 24, 2013
at 04:22 AM

Hey(: I get the same problem. And I have also lost some progress :/

I can't resist ice cream and cheese, they're my nemesis. But you need to try and listen more to your body - is it a real craving, or you're just thinking about eating that food?

If it is a real craving, then you should satisfy it - otherwise it will never go away. If you're just thinking about that food, here's what I do:

  • Write a list about all the reasons you went paleo on the first place
  • Think about all the people here that have been able to override their cravings, and think- "If they could do it, I can do it too"
  • Keep pictures of someone you would like to look like around you (I keep pics of Alessandra Ambrossio in my phone)
  • Find something to do with your hands/mind. I like to have a piece of cord with me, and whenever I feel like reaching for the bag of chips I start tying and untying knots on it.
  • I like to pinch on the fat I still want to lose, and that is enough motivation to make the idea go away.
  • Talk to someone! find a paleo buddy

If you need anymore help, you can leave me a message on tumblr(; fitmidget.tumblr.com

Much love and good luck!

48ad5b0ca0bd47b0c44996ab7882edb1

(15)

on July 24, 2013
at 06:26 PM

Thank you for the support! I keep justifying my eating of sweets, by saying "just this one, then I'm done", but I never am. I just keep bingeing. If I can find a way to not satisfy that craving at all, I'll be set! :)

E80fcc74f0036fba038dcd1428e759f5

(64)

on July 25, 2013
at 03:45 PM

Yeah, I totally know what you mean. Sometimes it's just better not to eat what you crave, or you won't be able to stop (happens to me a lot). In those cases it works to brush my teeth, because the flavor signals my body that eating time is over.. It's weird but you can always try !

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on July 24, 2013
at 03:31 AM

Dude, you need to eat carbs. Try white rice. Its not a cheat nor a binge and it can't/won't make you fat. Eat.

F00050d678de2dc749a86b4d3f2ffc0c

(321)

on July 24, 2013
at 04:08 AM

Actually, no, you do NOT need carbs. Protein and fat are essential to human survival, carbohydrates are not. In fact, there have been entire cultures that have survived for very, very long times with low to zero carbs!

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F00050d678de2dc749a86b4d3f2ffc0c

on July 24, 2013
at 03:29 AM

Dieting is very hard, and takes strong will and determination on your part. The thing with paleo is that it should get easier if you adhere to the diet truly. I am fairly strict paleo and will tell you that after I have started keto, cravings become much less frequent. That is actually one of the benefits of ketosis.

If you do not want to start eating for keto, a lot of paleo dieters eat plenty of fruits with no real weight addition. That may work for you.

If you are having a hard time I would recommend peppermint extract, or look into hoodia. With hoodia and MCT I got rid of cravings while burning plenty of fat, after just a few days.

Good luck!

48ad5b0ca0bd47b0c44996ab7882edb1

(15)

on July 24, 2013
at 03:32 AM

Thanks for the advice, I'll look into that!

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on July 31, 2013
at 09:37 PM

Which brand of hoodia do you reccomend? I've heard that a lot of them are counterfeit

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on July 24, 2013
at 03:15 AM

I feel for you friend, a lot of people (mostly non paleo) just don't understand what it means to have these issues mostly because they don't care about their own health anyway.. I posted earlier today about a binge I had last night and got some great responses about how to kick my butt back into line, have a read..

http://paleohacks.com/questions/203409/so-i-did-it-i-binged#axzz2ZsAwRj7v

Just remember your not alone, stay active in this community, there's so much love and support here! :)

48ad5b0ca0bd47b0c44996ab7882edb1

(15)

on July 24, 2013
at 03:30 AM

Thank you, it's nice to know that I'm not the only one having these problems. Literally NOBODY else that I know is even attempting to get into shape, and it's a little isolating sometimes, especially when I look at all the sugar-laced food they eat and compare it to my healthy, boring chicken, beef, pork, and veggies. I love eating that stuff, don't get me wrong. I just wish I felt more full after eating them. But, I gotta keep looking forward, and get back on that wagon! Thanks for the support :)

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