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I'm a foodie...and well, it shows! I love food for it's taste and it has been showing the last year or 2 as my lifestyle has become less active and my metabolism and slowed down. I can't diet. Period. But how does one learn to resist temptation and figure out how much is too much of a "treat"? Balance is hard!

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Two words: Portion control!:D You can eat ANYTHING you like as long as you keep your portions small. One of the main reasons so many Americans have become overweight and obese is that serving sizes have risen over the past 40-50 years; for example, when I was a child in the 1960s, a typical McDonald's hamburger was three ounces (before cooking), a Coke was eight ounces, and a serving of fries was about the size of a child's portion nowadays. As my 45-year-old boss says, "Your generation (Baby Boomers) invented the Big Mac; my generation SuperSized the sucker!" :lol2:

Pay attention to the serving sizes listed on food and drink containers. If a serving of Doritos is 16 chips, put 16 chips in a bowl and put the rest away; don't just eat them out of the bag or you'll wind up consuming far more than you ever intended. Another common mistake is buying something like a bagel or a jumbo muffin and thinking that a single item means a single serving. Wrong---those jumbo muffins are THREE servings, with something like 200 calories per serving.....so if you eat the whole thing you're getting 600 calories and Lord knows how many fat grams.

Also, be sure to eat slowly and savor your treats. An ounce of really good chocolate, nibbled a bit at a time and allowed to melt in your mouth, is far more satisfying than an entire bag of M&Ms and will cost you far less in terms of extra poundage.

Pick your battles. If you overindulge at one meal, keep the next one light on calories and fat. If you know you're going to a party or out to a nice restaurant, eat sparingly during the day so you can indulge later without too much guilt. It also helps to snack on a little protein a couple of hours before you go---you're much less likely to have a full-blown oinkfest if you're not starving when you get there.

Now, I'm no skinny minnie telling you this---I've learned these lessons the hard way through 30 years of on-again off-again, yo-yo dieting. I have managed to shed about 30 lbs. in the past 8 months or so without working very hard at it, which is a drop in the bucket compared with what I need to lose, but it IS a start. Hope these hints help you as well.

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But how does one learn to resist temptation and figure out how much is too much of a "treat"? Balance is hard!

Here is what I do: put on your bikini, turn around and look in the mirror. If you see dimples, or anything that wasn't there last year, it's time to cut back. That is all it takes for me. My butt is too big already.

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I agree about portion control. If you love food, eat one portion. You will be shocked at what size that portion actually is. If you're going out to eat, you don't have to have an appetizer, an entree with two sides, a calorie filled drink and a dessert. Have half of that.

Fat loss/gain is all about calories. For every 3500 calories you overeat, you gain a pound. It's simple math. The opposite is true also. For every 3500 calories you deduct from your daily allowance, you lose a pound of fat. I try to fill my day with natural, organic, vegetarian foods, so that I feel better. But, I still track my calories. I'm 42 (almost) and have maintained a great weight my whole life by watching everything I put in my mouth.

Good luck. I hope you get a handle on it before it gets too out of hand. Oh, and I love the bikini idea!

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Thanks all! I've been losing weight slowly... just having a hard time tackling the idea that I can't eat foods I love. I think one option for me is to eat as healthy as I can all week and maybe do a splurge day where I can eat the foods I love...with a close eye on portions. With summer approaching, I tend to lose more weight just because I take advantage of all the different types of fruits and vegetables available and stick to non-fat yogurt for a chilling dessert. I also am going to step up my cardio. I try my first spin class tonight and am absolutely terrified...it's going to be hard workout!

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I resist it by not buying them. Trust me, I am not immune to sweets but they go straight to my hips and my arse :smokin:

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I've managed to slowly lose 25 pounds over the past few months, and I still eat many of the unhealthy foods that I so very much love. It is all about moderation.

I like fried foods, cheeseburgers, pizza, chicken wings, Mexican food, pastries, cookies, brownies, cheesecake, calorie-laden dipping sauces, fatty salad dressings, and other crappy food choices. However, I now control my portions. In addition, I get at least 30 minutes of cardio exercise per day for weight control / weight loss.

I'll go on a binge if I deprive myself of my favorite foods, so it is better if I have one or two slices of pizza instead of binging on the whole thing. Go ahead and enjoy your goodies in moderation!

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I've managed to slowly lose 25 pounds over the past few months, and I still eat many of the unhealthy foods that I so very much love. It is all about moderation.

I like fried foods, cheeseburgers, pizza, chicken wings, Mexican food, pastries, cookies, brownies, cheesecake, calorie-laden dipping sauces, fatty salad dressings, and other crappy food choices. However, I now control my portions. In addition, I get at least 30 minutes of cardio exercise per day for weight control / weight loss.

I'll go on a binge if I deprive myself of my favorite foods, so it is better if I have one or two slices of pizza instead of binging on the whole thing. Go ahead and enjoy your goodies in moderation!

Yep, that's me!

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I've decided that I will try eating foods I love (that are good for me), skipping alcohol for a while and having 1 splurge meal a week in which I can eat WHATEVER I want, regardless of how many calories it is (but not stuff myself) and not feel bad. I'm also following Poi Dog's advice of not buying bad stuff and getting rid of what's still in my house.

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Great plan! Good luck with it. If it's not in the house, it takes a heck of a lot of determination to go out and get it! I am a huge fan of the cheat meal, just not the cheat day (my own weaknesses come into play here). This is a nice, healthy way to look at life. A treat once in awhile is a lifestyle choice.

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I also end up going on binges if I deprive myself. I tried the approach of eating healthy all week and having one cheat day, that did not work either. A whole week was too long to go, and I always ended up miserable, hungry, and craving yummy food constantly.

I started a new approach about 6 weeks ago, and it seems to be working great! I don't feel deprived, and I am not having any crazy cravings for junk food like I usually do when I diet. Here is my new approach:

I am eating 2 REALLY healthy meals a day (usually breakfast and lunch) and I can have a moderate portion of whatever I want (along with a healthy side) for dinner. If I want pizza I will have 2 slices (instead of half a pizza) but I will always eat the healthy side before the yummy part of the meal. Its easier for me to control myself if I fill part of my stomach with the healthy stuff first. Then, I wont be tempted to keep grabbing slices because I am hungry.

Also, I do not keep junk food in my house. If it is there, I will eat it. Instead, I have tons of healthy snacks like baby carrots, cottage cheese, yogurt, fruit, hard boiled eggs ect. I allow myself to snack whenever I am hungry. When I get too hungry is when I would break down and eat bad food. I even keep granola bars in the car so I can have one instead of becoming starving and ending up in a drive through.

I can't believe how easy this seems to be for me. I feel like I can keep this up forever! I also started really paying attention to my body so I can tell when I'm actually hungry, and when I am eating out of habit or boredom.

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hello, really hard to balance, forget the health, just consider about the figure, image, female pays much more attention than male, and i don't know the specific percentage of people who can't resist the tempt of delicious food and miscellaneous snacks, especially for girls, for me , i like and expect the weekends and also afraid of its coming, since weekend should be my snack festival, eat alot, can't stop, ok, now even when i am here in office, writing this , ok, my brain is still working of the Sweet potato slices , i love it.

Anyone tell me how to deter such desire of this.

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