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Postby Monica » Sun Mar 25, 2007 2:23 pm

I can't stop eating carbs!!! I hate it..

My mum weighs 130kg and her weakness is bread - she told me she can easily sit down and eat 1 whole loaf of bread with thick butter on each slice..

I have noticed that when dieting - carbs are the hardest thing for me to kick! I love cup of soups - with the noodles on them with a piece of bread, I eat toast for brekkie and I snack on biscuits and rice crackers - all carbs. The only carbs I don't seem to eat are potatoes..

Very sad for me. I have tried protein drinks as a way to curb craving, they work but are expencive - maybe it is worth the money hey?!?

I don't know - i am currently slipping into carb ville. I have been eating well for 5 months and have been loosing weight. Can't seem to get back into the swing of things for the last month i have been struggling and in this time the carbs have been getting worse..

Sorry to winge but I am annoyed at myself - don't want to let all my good work go down the gurgler :cry:
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Postby Dee » Sun Mar 25, 2007 3:01 pm


I have found lately that when I'm craving bread sometimes a banana will actually work as a substitute. Yeah, it's still carbs, but considerably better... Might be worth a try, but I can not for the life of me cut out carbs completely, it's just too darn difficult.

Good luck, and let us know if you find anything that works.

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Postby Chunkster » Sun Mar 25, 2007 3:30 pm

I often wonder why it is that all the "yummy" things that seem to get me into trouble start with the letter "C"?

Cheese, chocolate, cake, champagne, chips, cheesecake, cream, candy, coffee, cordial, cornchips, carott cake with cream cheese icing (that would have scored a heap for Scattegories), chicken salt...and of course the dreaded "Carbs"!!! It has always made me laugh cause I love all these things and they all start with "c"...

What a shame celery doesn't make me feel as nice as all those things!!! :lol:
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Postby milkyway » Sun Mar 25, 2007 5:33 pm

Oh I know! I love my rice sooo much. I could eat a whole bowl of plain white rice -- yummm. I have switched to brown now and was absolutely shattered to learn that what I thought was a portion size was almost double! I'm sure now that's why I had so much trouble losing weight in the past - my portion sizes were way to large and I was eating rice 3 times per day! :shock:
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Postby Ally » Sun Mar 25, 2007 5:48 pm

Hi Monica you don't need to cut carbs out of your all comes down to portion control....1/2 cup cooked rice or pasta = 1 serve. 1 slice mountain bread = 1 serving, 1 piece of bread = 1 serving...if you can control your portions then there is no need to cut the carbs!!
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Sun Mar 25, 2007 5:58 pm

hey monica

i lost my weight by cutting out a lot of processed carbs. but thats just what worked for me. it was hard at first but i felt heaps better without them. as ally said cut down portions and pick wholemeal varieties and you can still have your carbs and eat them too!!

i have a bodybuilder mate and she said that you can have carbs you just have to burn them off. if you eat carbs and you dont get your butt moving then you are going to store those carbs.
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Postby Justjudy » Sun Mar 25, 2007 8:39 pm

Carbs are fuel for your body. If you are physically active, you should still be able to have some carbs and still lose weight steadily. I have to agree with a lot of the advice already given, portion control is the key.

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Postby Monica » Sun Mar 25, 2007 8:48 pm

I Like the banana idea but sometime I find that I don't want to stop myself from eating carbs. i know that there are certain things I can do to curb the cravings, but I just don't do them at times.... I guess it's all about the mental state, but the question is.. how do you change your mental state when you only half want to....

It is definately in the way I was bought up.. My 1 year old son fell off the couch yesterday and went head 1st onto the tiles... he had no balance afterwards so I took him to the hospital (he is fine now!!) My mum came with me and on the way home she said 'I think you need some comfort food - let's go to McDonalds... '[color=indigo]

It's soo hard to change a thought pattern when it is embedded into you from birth...

This is a bit deep and meaningfull - but I am having a crisis over my carb 'wont-power' so I can't help it!! :cry:

Any relevant books out there or some advice?
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Postby zeedeveelgirl » Sun Mar 25, 2007 8:50 pm

Yup, carbs are very important! Of course they'll get stored as fat if you don't burn it off, but so will protein! Anything you eat will be stored as fat if you don't consume less calories than you burn!

I still have a decent amount of carbs in my diet, I just make sure my diet has enough protein in it too :) As Ally said, just keep an eye on your portion sizes and you'll be fine :)
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Postby Chelle » Sun Mar 25, 2007 11:00 pm

You can't cut your carbs out completly it will look like that you have done good on the scales but then you will gain the weight back on again if not more. just use portiens
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Postby Ally » Sun Mar 25, 2007 11:20 pm

I find AJ Rochesters 2 books are really great! The Confessions Of A Reformed Dieter take her through the stages from start to finish of her weight loss journey it has all her ups and downs in it and her "no holds barred" approach is really refreshing....Worth the read!
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Postby SarahC » Mon Mar 26, 2007 1:38 pm

There's some good stuff on and

There's recipes for low carb breads, cakes/muffins etc... great stuff to nibble on if you're craving the carbs I guess!

The fluid shifts with the low carb diet are annoying though :roll:
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Postby mrs c » Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:33 pm

Hi Monica

I too am a carb ADDICT.

Bread, pasta, rice you name it and I can eat in by the bucketful - and did ... even plain on its own. And if I didnt have some form of it with every meal I feel empty and unsatisfied.

Am trying to cut back by doing the following:

- adding bean sprouts instead of rice or noodles to stir-fries (they look and taste almost the same!)
- using lebanese bread instead of sandwich bread (much thinner)
- substituting a small brown or wholemeal roll for potatoes or chips in a meal
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Postby Sassygirl » Mon Mar 26, 2007 6:51 pm

I so hear you all about Carbs - I would dish up a nice healthy meal to the family and proceed to put whatever I cooked into bread with tomato sauce - fish, rissoles you name it. I know it is bad for you, but nothing tasts as nice as fresh white bread with vegemite - I cannot stop at one sandwich. Ohh and pasta with bolognaise and parmasan cheese, ohhh and rice ...... it never ends :cry:
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Postby musolissa » Wed Mar 28, 2007 3:25 pm

My dietician and gym have told me to eat carbs. They said 5 serves a day and spread throught the day.

It worked I lost weight and I never craved them. They told me that it was a way of tricking the brain into thinking you were doing something you werent. I have always battled with the low carb diets and always fallen off the ban wagon. But this 5 serves a day thing is much easier with hunger and cravings, when you think about it, it is just the good food pyramid
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