Lately I have bought a few bags of nuts and they are so moreish it's ridiculous! I want to get rid of them now but it's a waste. I know you should cut down on nuts and any form of sugar if you are trying to lose weight but I have can't seem to stop the cravings for them, especially macadamias. I also always want to bake paleo treats using almond meal and I seem to have no self-control with that as well.
I also have been having insatiable cravings for sugar, so much so I've wanted to eat tablespoons of the stuff straight and wanted lots of fruit. I just don't understand why I'm having such intense cravings, I need to stop craving this stuff because I desperately need to lose fat but I'm not sure how to go about it, I've tried so many different things. Thanks.
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on May 03, 2013
at 04:51 AM
I used to have this issue in the past. Are you anxious or stressed about something? For me, stress was a very potent trigger for both sugar and salty stuff cravings.
As you well pointed, getting totally rid of them for a while is the best solution to stop the cravings. But the question then is: how can I do it when I crave them so much?
Although many people link this feelings with just willpower, the truth is that for us who may be metabolically messed up due to eating junk for most of our lives the brain seems to have lost his ability to tell when we have eaten enough and the kind of things that we should be eating.
There's a lot of useful info about this, you could have a look at Dr Lustig videos on obesity and leptin and the modern society if you haven't or also have a look at The Quilt's work and the leptin reset.
For me, implementing intermittent fasting worked pretty well to get rid of cravings. I was aiming for a better leanness and happened that I did not managed to lose much fat in the end as I was already near 10% BF and I have trouble getting lower but at least I developed a better ability to stay running some good long hours without eating and not needing to, great thing I gained back!
But what helped the most I think has been implementing Kruse's Leptin Reset RX. Having a big protein and fat rich breakfast helps a lot as you really can tell you're full many many hours later. When you are not in the need to eat, it's a lot more easy to manage cravings for the bad stuff! Then you go cold turkey on sugars and problem gone.
As for the nuts, they can be of valuable addition to the diet so If you want to avoid the binge issue, a thing that works very well with me is picking up a small portion of them and mix them with some other food, for example a salad or a yoghurt. Never allow yourself to be exposed to the full packet of nuts or you're done.
Hope that helps!