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Controlling Your Urge to Eat

Weighed in this morning at 153 pounds, down three pounds from yesterday.

Yesterday I stuck to my diet regimen, perhaps a little more conservative than usual. Here's what I did to lose those three pounds...

Morning: 1 cup of kefir (110 calories)
Morning: 1 medium sized tortilla (120 calories)
Mid-afternoon: 2 medium sized tomatoes (80 calories)
Mid-afternoon: 1 can of V8 Juice (70 calories)
Evening: 1 can (7oz) smoked salmon (208 calories)

Total Calories: 588

Exercise, I walked to the bank, and then to the grocery store, and carried groceries back home. A distance of 6.4 miles. About 750 calories burned.

Controlling Your Urge to Eat

Was thinking about some of the people I've met who have gone on a diet, only to dump it shortly afterwards and gain back what little weight they lost. It's hard.

You read above what little I ate yesterday, and how much I walked, and realize that people don't just do that kind of stuff cold turkey. The first thing you have to do is control the urge to eat. That's something that takes a while to do. Once you have control over your urges, then just about any diet will work.

I actually started this diet about five years ago, but spent the first three years training myself to control the urge to eat. I got to a point where then I felt like I could try the beef jerky diet.

I started by making easy substitutions. Instead of french fries, I ate onion rings. Onion rings are not any less in calories, they are the same or even higher. But, they got me in the habit of making substitutions.

I drank diet soda for regular soda. Eventually I drank diet sodas so religiously, that I learned to love the taste, and found regular sodas way too sweet for my liking. Now I don't drink sodas at all.

I replaced salad dressings with salsa. Salsa works well as a salad dressing because it has all the salt and seasonings that salad dressing has, but none of the fat. Ask your waitress for salsa when she asks what salad dressing you want. You can also use hot sauce, I found that Cholula or Pico Pica goes well on salads.

I bought fresh fruits and vegetables as snacks to keep on hand. Things like strawberries, tomatoes, celery, grapes, blackberries. You might not like tomatoes and celery, but I happen to love them. So whenever I got the munchies, I grabbed those instead. Always keep a stash of these in the fridge to prevent you from eating ice cream or chips.

When I went to the buffet, which my wife and I do all the time. I started bringing a newspaper or magazine with me. I'd start with one full plate of food. After finishing, I'd read for about 20 minutes. After which, my urge to keep eating subsided and I'd only get maybe a half-plate of dessert items. In all, I'd only eat about 1 1/2 plates of food, whereas before I'd get three plates.

So I did this for three years, and in that time I lost only 20 pounds, which is not much at all. But I gained a lot more control of my urge to eat. So now, going on a full blown diet is more easy to tolerate.

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