Hello all... I've been on the WW diet for a few weeks, which is supposed to be one of the best "life style changes out there" and I totally agree!
I have been exercising 5-6 days a week btwn 35mins to an hour, and for the most part the diet aspect is going well.
However, over the last week or so I am being very point conscious and sticking to the diet for breakfast and lunch, but I seem to "binge" at dinner. It's like all I want to do is eat fast food or restaurant food no matter what. I literally have a battle in my head! Is there something wrong with me? How is it that I have no problems with eating throughout the day, but when it comes to dinner everything goes out the window?
I'm almost to tears, because even though I've been working out I've put back on the few pounds I had lost most likely because of this. Thanks.
Last edited by KaraKaraKara; 04-23-2009 at 03:18 AM.
Weight loss is hard for everyone. Unless you were raised on healthy food and have never eating fast food, junk, etc, it's gunna be hard.
I've been trying for 3 years to try and lose weight and it hasn't budged!
This past week I started doing calorie counting online (which is NEVER thought I'd EVER do) Sometimes it's hard, and I look at my pantry and just want to GORGE myself. But I just think about what I want to do to lose weight. It helps me track how many calories I burn in a normal day, and when I exercise and put it in, it tells me how many calories I can still eat to lose 2lbs a week (which is my personal goal)
It's hard. But stick with it! It will get easier. I now find satisfaction in eating healthier and smaller meals because I'm finally doing something good for my body. Have I seen results? Not yet! But I just started.
So to answer your question, no, there is nothing wrong with you. It's about will power.
Also, eat MORE during the day. A big breakfast and a good sized lunch are really important. You many not be eating enough during the day and then are so hungry at night that you can't hold back. You should be eating less in the evening (even though most of us eat more) So try switching around where you spend your points during the day.
Also, you want to go to bed hungry. Don't eat 2 hrs before bed. You should always wake up hungry, which allows you to eat a big breakfast and start the day off right. Not eating in the morning (or not eating enough) will not kick-start your metabolism off well.
I had a friend who did WW with her mom and they would save up points throughout the week and then on Sunday they'd eat whatever they wanted. She lost a lot of weight doing WW! So maybe that's something you can try.
Do NOT deprive yourself of ANYTHING! It will cause you to fail. But just have little bits of it, not the whole thing!
Good luck! It's hard, I know! But when you are ready to lose the weight, you will!
For some reason I never thought of that... I must not be eating a big enough breakfast and lunch, because by the time the sun goes down I'm like a ravenous zombie... I will eat anything, everything, and a lot of it! Thanks... I'm going to try this out and see how it goes.
It could also be boredom. If you're busy with work or kids or just life during the daytime, you don't have as much time to think about food. Once the day starts to wind down and dinner is on the table, it's easy to just keep eating (at least for me). One of my tricks is that I eat dinner, clean up after dinner, and then brush my teeth. I have less interest in going back into the kitchen because the cleaning gave my food time to settle and I feel full. Plus, so many foods are gross after you brush your teeth. I used to be in WW and think it's a wonderful program. I hope you can stick with it and see some results.
I would say eat big in the morning and eat less at night. Because your body is so use to eat all those fast food, you will have cravings at night which will cause you to lose control. Its true about being empty stomache before you go to bed at night. That helps a lot with getting a smaller belly then doing a lot of crunches. I think doing crunches just helps you getting muscles and not losing the fat
I have the same exact problem as you! I have been on WW for over a year. I lost the initial 20 pounds and that is it. I am, just like you, really good during the day and then at night it all goes out the window. I sit and watch tv and eat and eat and eat. I also have food on my mind all the time. I almost think that it is an obsession. Why must I eat so much? I am really trying to eat the bulk of my points during the day and have smaller dinners and a really small snack after. Also, what does everyone think of baked lays and 100 calorie packs?
Also, what does everyone think of baked lays and 100 calorie packs?
Most of these are still the kind of food that has a high calorie density. Meaning that you are unlikely to feel satisfied after you eat them, and you will likely be hungry for more food, even though you just took in 100 calories.
I would suggest eating a huge breakfast. I tend to actually eat 2 breakfasts! Also, you should really limit your carbohydrate intake. I know weight watchers has no problem with highly digestible carbs ie sugar/HFCS and enriched wheat flour, but I do. (Check out a book called "Good Calories, Bad Calories", stupid title but its the best nutrition book I have ever read)
Eating starches and easily digestible carbs makes you MORE hungry. If you ate less food and cut out those groups you would honestly feel fuller and more satisfied. Don't believe me? Try it! It takes about 3 days of detox before you stop feeling hungry. Another trick is if you are super hungry at night, but have already eaten enough calories go for a waterlogged low calorie food. I like spicy pickles because they are filling and have about 5 calories. Stay away from high carb foods at night. I try to stop eating carbs other than veggies by 5 or 6 pm. What you are experiencing is a perfectly normal result of dieting, and a big reason most diets don't work. You need to tweak your diet strategy to take control of your hunger.