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CronicBadger wrote:Hi InspireMe,
I went through much the same thing:
* ballooned up to 128 kilos by putting on 40 Kg in just 4 years
* loved to snack at night
* often started dieting and stuck to it for a few days or a week before "forgetting" or giving up
I think that for me the initial success of breaking the cycle was important. It's written somewhere that a habit takes three weeks of constant repetition to set in the mind. By sticking to a regime of not snacking at night after tea I managed to turn that into a new habit. A few "tricks" helped - eating low-GI food kept the cravings at bay, and I kept busy at other things rather than get bored and start grazing in the cupboard.
One other thing I can suggest is that "success breeds success", so set some small goals and STICK TO THEM. Things like not snacking for 3 days in a row. Throwing that packet of biscuits into the bin. Walking down to the shops but not buying anything 3 days in a row. Be happy about those little successes then push harder by setting larger goals.
That's a start, I guess. One other mental "trick" I use is to realise that we are more in control of ourselves than we think. We got fat because we controlled the amount of food we ate. The same goes for losing that weight - just reverse the process.
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