- Motivation to not eat the cake – help!
Reading the BMI thread (and the fact that it’s summer!) has reminded me that I’m trying to shed a bit of flab. I’m not particularly overweight, but I would like to slim down the one-pack. I do plenty of exercise already, so I’m fine with the “move more” part of the equation. So, I need to try and fix up the “eat betterer” bit.
I think the main thing I struggle with is fighting the temptation of cake. My meals are normally fairly healthy, but I think the two big problems at the moment are
– I have “large portions” for breakfast (and it’s often cereal – so fairly sugary)
– I’m easily tempted by cake/chocolate at work and after dinner
Any pro tips for fixing this? Breakfast-wise I’m thinking of switching back to pre-packaged porridge. It’s probably not as good as the real stuff, but it removes my ability to eat too much (I won’t eat two packs of the stuff). Either that, or start weighing breakfast cereal out…
I’m a bit stuck on the cake part though. We have free, unlimited chocolate and crisps at work. They’re on the floor below me, but I know they’re there… waiting for me… calling out to me. I have a similar problem at home – it’s all too easy to nip out to the newsagents next door and get a chocolate bar to have after dinner. Any pro tips for staving off the temptation? Motivational stuff, alternative food options, …?Posted 3 years ago_tom_Member
At home, dont buy it. Work you may struggle though. As for the cereal, that’s what I had to do as I love cereal – pre packaged stuff stops me over eating it. Or weetabix as I would hate to leave the biscuits in the packet at an odd number 😆
or have toast for breakfast. Or even better, no carbs and something with protein and fat like eggs.Posted 3 years agojonbaMember
Nothing wrong with eating a large breakfast. Better that than getting hungry mid morning. Try finding something healthier to replace sugary cereal? Personally I have a massive bowl of muesli and full fat greek yoghurt. Stops me being hungry and binging later on.
When I was trying to get my weight down for the hill climb season last year I kept things like carrots, mange tout, carrots and green/mint tea in my desk. If I felt hungry, I’d have a drink or eat a carrot. By that point I’d realise I wasn’t hungry or get distracted and forget about it.
Ultimately though, I like cake, so this year I’ve done about 10,000km already to balance it out a bit.Posted 3 years agomomoSubscriber
I’ve dropped nearly 3st so far this year, the biggest change has been to replace cereal at breakfast time with an omelette, keeps me going right through to lunchtime. Lunch will be rice or similar, no bread and a healthy tea. I do allow myself treats, but usually only when I’ve been out for exercise (like tonight, 20 miles on the bike so rewarding myself with a beer and ice cream)Posted 3 years agoleftyboySubscriber
We have free lunches and as much chocolate/crisps/snacks as you want.
I eat fruit, again free, and a salad or soup for lunch. I don’t have any snacks and since stopping these I’ve shed 8 pounds in 3 weeks! Just need willpower there’s no other way IMHO but to not give in and be a bit hungry for a few hours a day.
HTHPosted 3 years agobuck53Subscriber
I’m currently on (more of) a weight loss drive (than usual) after stagnating and letting things slip from a successful period last year.
I’ve found that having a larger breakfast has helped BUT I’m having homemade granola so that I know exactly what’s gone into it and I’m having it after my cycle to work. I weighed out a decent portion once and then counted it out in spoonfuls, means I hit the right ballpark without it feeling like a punishment, the way weighing stuff out can do.
As far as snack attacks go, at home I don’t keep things in the house and if I get the urge I so something to distract myself, being busy in the evenings rather than hanging around not doing much also helps. At work I take in a homemade ‘healthier’ sweet treat as a mid-morning or afternoon snack. (Quinoa French today bake atm) but ultimately it comes down to willpower. Personally if I really behave for a week AND exercise more/harder I can see and tell a difference, which gives me a boost. Even if it’s just something small like my calf muscles getting a little bit pumped and defined.
Sorry for the long post, but I feel your pain!Posted 3 years agofibreMember
I’ve lost just over a stone this year so far not by doing anything radical (eat rubbish at the weekend still).
The main thing I changed was trying to generally cut down on anything sugary and high carb snacks (for me: crisps, fizzy drinks and juice), especially those in between meal snacks. Also I’ve been logging my weight daily on “My Fitness Pal” app, that way I can’t lie to myself about current\past weight and being able to visibly see a graph as well as my appearance really helped.Posted 3 years ago_tom_Member
Try finding something healthier to replace sugary cereal? Personally I have a massive bowl of muesli and full fat greek yoghurt
muesli has quite a bit of sugar in it as well though, some of em have way more than a lot of normal cereals. Weetabix and total yoghurt is great though, I find the yoghurt so filling.Posted 3 years agoSamBMember
Thanks everyone for the input. I particularly liked the first two suggestions, which I think are probably the best option right now!
Also liking the “veg in the desk” approach to eating. I used to try that with nuts (cashews, almonds) but they’re pretty calorie-dense too so may not be that helpful.
Maybe I need some sort of public embarrassment motivation, like promising to post the Rapha kit photo in 3 months 😳Posted 3 years ago
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