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Cravings are back
09-15-2014, 01:43 AM
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Cravings are back
Hey everyone. I've been in maintenance mode for about 8 months now. I went on a one week diet break 3 weeks ago, which I always plan to coincide with my period. I usually get cravings just due to my period, and then they go away after about a week. But this time they haven't gone away. I feel exactly like I did when I was on my low cal, low carb diet... I just can't seem to get enough carbs! I've been carefully tracking cals and macros and am pretty spot on 40/30/30. Any idea why I'm having these cravings all of a sudden? Any tips? I hate feeling like this again Sad
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09-15-2014, 05:49 AM (This post was last modified: 09-15-2014 05:53 AM by jaeone.)
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RE: Cravings are back
Hi there,
And just to clarify "diet breaks" are taken after eating at a deficit for an extended period of time. So since you have been eating at maintenance for 8 months now, when you refer to "diet break" are you saying you have been taking a break from counting calories or eating more "junk" or both? It could be that carbs you were eating where empty calories and were not keeping you full.

Since you are no longer on those low carb low diets, go ahead and have the extra carbs. Resticting carbs is what you used to do. When you are choosing carbohydrates eat the ones that are full of fiber. These carbs that get absorbed slowly into our systems, avoiding spikes in blood sugar levels. Examples: whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans.wink

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09-15-2014, 09:31 AM
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RE: Cravings are back
I shouldn't have said maintenance. I did my reset and finally felt like I had control over my body again. It was a great feeling. I've been doing a 15% cut and keeping my macros at 40/30/30 for a while now but have been taking diet breaks.

I've been giving into the carbs, thinking that my body is craving them because it needs them, but the cravings would go away if that were true right? I try to fill up on the healthy carbs but it's hard to when I get these cravings, it's a sort of out-of-body experience. How long should I expect this to last? I'm just worried about giving into these cravings and negating any loses I've seen since my reset.
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09-15-2014, 11:59 AM
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RE: Cravings are back
(09-15-2014 09:31 AM)DeedyEm Wrote:  I shouldn't have said maintenance. I did my reset and finally felt like I had control over my body again. It was a great feeling. I've been doing a 15% cut and keeping my macros at 40/30/30 for a while now but have been taking diet breaks.

I've been giving into the carbs, thinking that my body is craving them because it needs them, but the cravings would go away if that were true right? I try to fill up on the healthy carbs but it's hard to when I get these cravings, it's a sort of out-of-body experience. How long should I expect this to last? I'm just worried about giving into these cravings and negating any loses I've seen since my reset.
Ok I see, so if you are craving lets say potatoes chips, for example, try to fit them into your macros and calories. I crave chocolate, so I have some type of chocolate every day. Somedays its peanut butter M&Ms other days its a Reeces Cup. (i crave peanut butter too..lovestruck) I believe depriving your carb cravings and stressing over them may be making them worse.
Can you be more specific of what you're craving and what you are eating? Do you crave them at a specific time of day? Are you feeling a certain way when you crave carbs??

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09-15-2014, 01:46 PM
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RE: Cravings are back
I think you're right that stressing over the cravings is making them worse. But it's constantly on my mind since I'm bloating up and all my clothes are tight.

The cravings are always at night, just like they were when I was on my low carb diet. The cravings aren't specific but more like I just need to be eating something. And the craving doesn't stop, I just keep going back to the pantry for something else. It's literally exactly how I felt when on my low carb diet which is why I'm confused... I mean I'm eating enough calories and carbs.
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09-15-2014, 02:29 PM
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RE: Cravings are back
Since you are eating enough and are truely not hungry, try drinking water it could that you are thirsty. Really give that a try and see how it works.

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09-15-2014, 02:57 PM
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RE: Cravings are back
One thing that I have done that seems to help me with the nighttime eating is that I "stack" the bulk of my calories towards the end of the day. When I wake up I will eat something small with some protein after my workout, then I will have a small lunch with some more protein, and then I will eat the bulk of my 2,100 calories between 5 and 10pm. It may not be ideal, but that is when I am hungriest and the most likely to go overboard. Somehow going home and knowing I have 1,500 calories left is reassuring...

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09-19-2014, 03:02 PM
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RE: Cravings are back
You may also need to take a longer diet break, I find that trying to "fight" cravings are about the worst thing you can do in most cases. Either eat the thing, or find if there's another reason for the hunger. But don't fight. It usually doesn't end well, and often ends up lasting longer than it would have, had you given your body what it wanted.

Joan and Anitra both had great points. If, after actually allowing yourself to have the said craving, you find that you want it more and more, then figure out a way to make it work. I'm like Anitra. I love my nighttime eating, and eating during the day is just a formality. I want my coffee in the AM, and it's gotta be good. I also love carbs for breakfast, but I'm flexible, because I know that if I don't hit my AM protein goal, then it all goes down the drain for my macros. So if I can squeeze in some carbs w/my breakfast protein, then great, if not...at least I've got my coffee and I keep it moving wink

Lunch, and daytime snacks...I'm usually not cognitive of what I'm eating, so as long as I have something prepped, I'm staying on track, and barely even taste it, lol. So I have go-to things that keep my macros extremely on point, and don't take me long to scarf...and I keep it moving.

Dinner, I'm usually slowing down a bit...unless there's some kind of evening activity (with a sporty high school student, there always is, lol) - so again, if I'm prepared (aka planned my menu the previous Sunday and know exactly what's for dinner) I'm good...and I keep it moving.

Until I stop moving...this is nighttime snacking and relax with hubs time. N.O.T.H.I.N.G messes with this time. I am de-stressing from the day, kicking my feet up, watching something mindless...and eating...pretty much whatever I want (read: carbs laughing ). LOL. I've reviewed my days upside down, inside out, and it just is what it is. Whether I eat whatever I want all day, or stay completely on track all day doesn't matter. I feel the way that I feel at this time, and I had to make it work. I can never be a "don't eat past 6" kinda girl, or I'd be binging by 1AM (been there, done that). Rolleyes

So I choose to make it work by planning/prepping for the meals that I don't care about, and having go-to items for that time that don't interfere with my "I do what I want" time, lol. Give me coffee, and give me dessert, and the rest can be a total blur for all I care. tongue

It's all about taking honest account of where you are, and what to expect from yourself. You may be only experiencing a temporary craving that will go away after a couple of days of catering to it (while still sticking to your guns on everything else), or you may discover a new workaround like I did. big grin

But for future reference, it's ok to do a 10 or even 14 day diet break if your body is asking for it. The point is to get your body to trust you so that the cravings never get that out of control. I've found that ever since I re-arranged my eats to correspond with what my body wants, I'm even able to make intuitive, mindful, "macro-friendly" decisions during my eat-all-the-food moments. And the times that I can't. I don't force it. Because I've been on track all day, the little nighttime relaxation doesn't hurt me one bit. wink

Another idea may be zig-zagging your cals if you find that your hunger is a by-product of certain days (like after a heavy lift, etc) - if you're so inclined to worry about day to day numbers in that way (it could get tedious, lol)...But most vets tend to do this by default: http://eatmore2weighless.com/q-a-zigzagging-calories/

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