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How can I keep myself from cheating on my diet this week?

How can I keep myself from cheating on my diet this week?

Try a food log: One thing we have our bariatric patients do is keep a food diary. But in order for it to work most effectively you write down everything you eat before you actually eat. In other words as you are preparing it. We have found that this helps people think more about their food intake and help prevent 'cheating'. Good luck! ...Read more

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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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I am now on a diet and some days i just want to eat aload of rubbish and most of the time i do.Any advice on how to avoid slipping back from my diet?

I am now on a diet and some days i just want to eat aload of rubbish and most of the time i do.Any advice on how to avoid slipping back from my diet?

Dieting: Ensure that you are not dieting overly vigorously. Sometimes a healthy mean plan combined with exercise is the best option. To prevent eating a load of garbage, think about the way you will feel and how you will look if you continue on your plan towards health. Good luck. ...Read more

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I gave up bulima and gained it all back. How can I keep the pounds off?

I gave up bulima and gained it all back. How can I keep the pounds off?

Find a system: Consult your doctor or nutritionist to find a good eating regimen. Then use some type of social net work to help you stay with the system. Over eaters anonymous is available for free. ...Read more

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When I'm on or around my period I tend to get Bad food cravings then I indulge, how can I prevent myself from blowing my weight loss plan?

When I'm on or around my period I tend to get Bad food cravings then I indulge, how can I prevent myself from blowing my weight loss plan?

Specific patterns: need specific recommendations. It is good you've identified the problem as cravings. Underlying it are internal cues (emotional, needing something in hand or in mouth), external cues (how food looks) and of course ingrained habits. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0692496157/ specifically addresses many different patterns with individual solutions, and general behavior methods. humorously. ...Read more

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How to reduce weight without exercise and on good food habits? Im hurt from my back and shoulder. What can I do?

How to reduce weight without exercise and on good food habits? Im hurt from my back and shoulder. What can I do?

Talk with pros: Physical therapists, chiropractors or personal trainer coaches might have good exercises that will not hurt (might even help) your damaged parts. Certainly you need protective guidance, but do not think you can not be active toward weight management. Best! ...Read more

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I lost my best friend in a car crash and i lost my love but in life and she'll never come back to me again , why should i stop drinking then and how?

I lost my best friend in a car crash and i lost my love but in life and she'll never come back to me again , why should i stop drinking then and how?

Honoring Love: Gosh. I get it. Loss can be so much pain that everything hurts. I would hazard a guess that if she were here she may have an opinion to express. Wasting a life mired in the fog of alcohol is not in any way honoring her or your love. She would want you healthy and productive. Living a life of meaning and service. She would want her death to inspire you to make your life count. ...Read more

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I can feel depression trying to hit me.. how can i stop this from happening?.. i need to keep my focus on school..

I can feel depression trying to hit me.. how can i stop this from happening?.. i need to keep my focus on school..

Psychotherapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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How do i stop vaginities from keeping on coming back when i have sex with my husband?

How do i stop vaginities from keeping on coming back when i have sex with my husband?

It depends on type: It depends on which type of vaginal infection. If it is yeast(Candida) then make sure you are not douching after sex or using harsh soaps to clean up post event. If you are Diabetic use Rx to keep it under control. If its BV(bacterial vaginitis) then have your husband wash thoroughly prior to sex and make sure STD's are not present which can simulate BV. ...Read more

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I struggle with stopping to eat once I have started . Can you give me pointers on how to control my eating habits?

I struggle with stopping to eat once  I have started . Can you give me pointers on how  to control my eating habits?

Slow down: First: eat one bite, put the fork down. Count your chews for a minute. Count another minute or two and then take another bite. Second: make proteins the majority of your calories. Cut out sugar. Three don't fill the plate very full. ...Read more

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I had 24 teeth pulled and am on a liquid diet. What could I use to help me gain weight till I can eat normal foods again?

I had 24 teeth pulled and am on a liquid diet. What could I use to help me gain weight till I can eat normal foods again?

Creativity: The obvious ones are the supplement drinks like boost which many elderly drink because of lack of appetite or inability to chew.You could mix up eggnog (non alcoholic) if that appeals to get egg protein.Applesauce, yogurt (no seeds),cheese mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, milkshakes with egg or whey protein powder added, smoothies with greens, bananas, peaches, yogurt, chocolate milk, etc. Avacado ...Read more

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How can I keep my dieting pleasurable?

How can I keep my dieting pleasurable?

Eat What you Like: 1. Never drink sodas/beer; 2. Make sugars rare (once a week); 3 limit carbs to 1cup per meal (bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, corn, peas, beans); 4. Fruits 1/2 cup serving 2 times per day; 5. Meat size of you hand per day; 6. Vegetables all you can eat. Notice you can eat what your use to with limits. Sugars once a week mean that you will enjoy with great expectation = greater joy. ...Read more

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I am going on a diet after my holiday what's the easiest way to lose weighti am not lazy but I have to drag myself up to do any exercise i love water!

I am going on a diet after my holiday what's the easiest way to lose weighti am not lazy but I have to drag myself up to do any exercise i love water!

Diet &: A formal aqua-aerobics program. Great for toning up and increasing endurance. A high-fiber, plenty of water diet, either low in fat or low in carbs should work. Your cholsterol profile is bad, then i would go low carb. If your triglycerides are normal and your HDL is healthy. Low fat! ...Read more

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On the days i don't exercise, once a week, i binge with food! how can I stop and why does this happen? Please help me

On the days i don't exercise, once a week, i binge with food! how can I stop and why does this happen? Please help me

Have you considered: Over eater's anonymous? It is a free, confidential group that provides support, mentorship and teaches you about your relationship with food and coping skills. ...Read more

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I struggle with stopping to eat once I have started. Can you give me pointers on how to control my eating habits.

I struggle with stopping to eat once  I have started. Can you give me pointers on how  to control my eating habits.

Plan on eating less: Drink water before eating. Eat slowly. Take small portion. Increase fruit and vegetable in the meal. Have pleasant company and conversation. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am on protein diet and from last 15 days excess hairloss started how to stop that and why it happened?

I am on protein diet and from last 15 days excess hairloss started how to stop that and why it happened?

HAIR LOSS ON DIET: Crash dieting, fad diets, and occasionally high protein diets, can cause temporary hair loss. How long have you been on this diet? Probably a vitamin deficiency. Ask the doctor who has prescribed it for you. I'm sure all your will come back. ...Read more

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I want to cut gluten from my diet, how can I do this with spending a fortune?

I want to cut gluten from my diet, how can I do this with spending a fortune?

Make you own: Purchase a gluten free cookbook and try to make as much food as you can. Also avoid speciality stores and concentrate on regular supermarkets. Online at time can be helpful. ...Read more

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Im a small lady that wants to gain weight butwhen I do I can't keep it on after 6 months i lose it what's going on weight up and down?

Im a small lady that wants to gain weight butwhen I do I can't keep it on after 6 months i lose it what's going on weight up and down?

Many causes: There could be so many etiology to this. If you are eating good and not gaining weight then i would like to see if you are absorbing well. If you are then, please check blood sugars and thyroid hormone level. Please see a physician ...Read more

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How do I completely get off of Proactive. I tried to cold turkey it and it completely ruined my face so I gave in and got back on it. ?

How do I completely get off of Proactive. I tried to cold turkey it and it completely ruined my face so I gave in and got back on it. ?

Substitution: The ingredients in ProActiv are available in other nonprescription acne remedies. If you want to stop using it without having the acne flare, keep washing face morning and night, and use benzoyl peroxide to reduce oil production. If that's not enough, there are other medications available by prescription that can also help. Try a HealthTap Prime virtual consult. ...Read more

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I can't get my feelings out when my husband and i fight, he interrupts me all the time and i lose my train of thought how can I change this?

I can't get my feelings out when my husband and i fight, he interrupts me all the time and i lose my train of thought how can I change this?

Not uncommon: Though this is a common marital pattern, in the long run it can be very damaging to your relationship. You should see a marriage counselor together, as it's fixable. If for some reason your husband won't go, you should do so yourself. ...Read more

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How can I keep myself from cheating on my diet this week?

Try a food log: One thing we have our bariatric patients do is keep a food diary. But in order for it to work most effectively you write down everything you eat before you actually eat. In other words as you are preparing it. We have found that this helps people think more about their food intake and help prevent 'cheating'. Good luck! ...Read more

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3 out of 7 days a week I work out and 5/7 days I strictly diet. Will I lose weight this way because on weekends I "cheat"?

3 out of 7 days a week I work out and 5/7 days I strictly diet. Will I lose weight this way because on weekends I "cheat"?

More complicated : Than simple diet and exercise. Your calorie consumption and type of food and daily energy expenditure is important. Also adequate sleep and rest ...Read more

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I cheated on my diet for 3 days on vacation. will this make me gain weight? I have lost 8 pounds within 3-5 weeks. will this make me gain it back?

I cheated on my diet for 3 days on vacation. will this make me gain weight? I have lost 8 pounds within 3-5 weeks. will this make me gain it back?

Diet cheat weight: Yes it will if ate more calories than you burned. Weight = calories in - calories burned Recommend you get the app Fitnesspal and tract. Adjust intake of calories to be less than burned each day and weight will melt away. Simple in concept difficult for many in execution but sense you can do this. ...Read more

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Are cheat meals allowed when on a diet ? Like lets say once a week but only for one meal, not a whole day?

Are cheat meals allowed when on a diet ? Like lets say once a week but only for one meal, not a whole day?

Not unreasonable: Obviously the more strictly one follows a diet the better the results, but you should still have very good results if you cheat only once a week for one meal- and if it makes it easier to stay on the diet it will be a valuable thing. The trick is to maintain a limit on cheating as it can be a slippery slope. And even when cheating try to be moderate. ...Read more

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I am an emdomorph on a kettogenic diet, the only carbs i hv in the week are 2 cheat meals per week, is this ok?

I am an emdomorph on a kettogenic diet, the only carbs i hv in the week are 2 cheat meals per week, is this ok?

Dieting: Nope. You need carbs. I like that you know that these can be poison, but for your body to work you need some carbs in the daily diet. The standard is no more than 25% of your total daily calories. ...Read more

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I want to do a cheat once a week. I've been on a diet, but think it would be good to do a cheat day. How many calories should I eat ?

I want to do a cheat once a week. I've been on a diet, but think it would be good to do a cheat day. How many calories should I eat ?

Cheating: The whole idea of cheating is not a good idea however if you are going to cheat and I would not exceed 1500 cal and also stay away from carbohydrates as much as possible ...Read more

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Im an endomorph looking to get riped, will i achieve this if i stick to a ketto diet with 2 high carb cheat meals per week? Cheat meal days-wed & sun

Im an endomorph looking to get riped, will i achieve this if i stick to a ketto diet with 2 high carb cheat meals per week? Cheat meal days-wed & sun

Get a life!: Why are you obsessing so much about this one unimportant facet of your life? Get some hobbies, friends, a job, etc. Just eat 3 healthy meals/day and exercise on a regular basis. Use the time and health you save to have a real life. You're wasting much too much time on stuff you don't even understand. Don't get your information from friends, tv or the internet. Get a life, and a future! ...Read more

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I've been on the hCG diet for one week so far and I am getting really hungry. I have cheated by eating nuts. Will this stop me form losing weight?

I've been on the hCG diet for one week so far and I am getting really hungry. I have cheated by eating nuts. Will this stop me form losing weight?

Yes: You must follow the diet originally created by dr. Simeon. If you are getting hungry than you are not on real HCG or the proper dose. The only way to do this diet is under supervision of a qualified physician and strict adherence to the original 500 calorie diet. When done the right way, you will not be hungry. The wrong nuts have high fat content which is counter to the diet. ...Read more

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I weigh 216lbs. Switched to healthy diet 3 weeks ago. Eat mostly veggies ~1400cals/day +200+in exercise. No cheating but no weight loss!! Gained a lb!

I weigh 216lbs. Switched to healthy diet 3 weeks ago. Eat mostly veggies ~1400cals/day +200+in exercise. No cheating but no weight loss!! Gained a lb!

Patience: I know that is probably frustrating for you. There is no question that if you persistently burn more calories than you take in that weight loss will occur, but it may take some time. So I would encourage you to continue and the results will soon follow. If any question, a good medical check up to discuss with your primary care doctor may be a good idea. Great job! Keep it up! ...Read more

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How safe is the four hour body "slow carb" diet promoted by tim ferriss? This seems to be talked about everywhere; it promises no counting calories, and you get a pigout "cheat day" every week. But the rest of the time = no fruit & no starch (beans and v

How safe is the four hour body "slow carb" diet promoted by tim ferriss? This seems to be talked about everywhere; it promises no counting calories, and you get a pigout "cheat day" every week.  But the rest of the time = no fruit & no starch (beans and v

Another fad: Dieting is difficult but also simple. The only way to lose weight is to take in fewer calories than one uses up. That's it. All diets must make use of this principle all the rest is marketing hype. The main issue with many of these diets in long term adherence. In fact for sustained weight loss one often needs to eat differently for life. Popularized diets tend to fail in this regard. ...Read more

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What to do if i continue cheating on my diet! help!?

What to do if i continue cheating on my diet! help!?

For a healthy diet,: Check out www.Drmcdougall.Com and www.Nutritionfacts.Org. Both doctors cite lots of research evidence for a low-fat, plant-based diet for good health. To incr motivation, list reasons to diet, rate motivation for each reason (0-10), build confidence by listing personal successes overcoming challenges, and work with supportive people & knowledgeable professionals. Explore "payoff" for cheating. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to have a cheat day during diet ?

Is it necessary to have a cheat day during diet ?

Not necessary: While it is not necessary, occasionally allowing yourself to have controlled portions of foods that you are not eating can be helpful. However, the best "diet" is to change your lifestyle because most diets tend to fail after you go back to your old habits. Eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, lean protein and healthy fats to lose weight and keep it off. Exercise regularly.Talk to a nutritionist. ...Read more

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How effective is a slow carb diet with a cheat day?

How effective is a slow carb diet with a cheat day?

It depends: It depends on how much you "cheat" on your cheat day. The important part is to think not like something you will do for a period of time and then you can stop. The changes you made to your diet have to be permanent in order to maintain the weight loss. If you are thinking about the day you are going to stop eating healthy food, you have already lost the battle. ...Read more

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On such a restricted diet and so edgy all of the time. Can i cheat a bit?

On such a restricted diet and so edgy all of the time. Can i cheat a bit?

Depends: Why are you on a restricted diet? If this diet is prescribed by a physician please speak with your doctor about the specifics of your situation. If this is a self-imposed restricted diet, i'm curious about why you're doing this. In general, following an unusual "diet" that leads to irritability or decreased will power is not recommended. Please form long-term eating habits that work for you. ...Read more

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Will a thanksgiving meal (cheat meal) make me gain pounds back. IF i dieted for 6 months and ate right. With no cheating. If so,how much?

Will a thanksgiving meal (cheat meal) make me gain pounds back. IF i dieted for 6 months and ate right. With no cheating. If so,how much?

You need to: provide more information. It's 3,500 calories to the pound. If you burn off that number that you don't consume you lose a pound. Eat that much that you don't burn off and you gain a pound. It's not really complex. Eat less and exercise more. The Thanksgiving meal is no different than any other food intake. It all has calories. ...Read more

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I was told that I was literally asking for cancer if I chose to cheat on my celiac diet. Is that true?

I was told that I was literally asking for cancer if I chose to cheat on my celiac diet. Is that true?

No: Patients with untreated celiac disease have a 6-fold increased risk of t cell lymphoma compared with treated celiac disease. Although this increase is significant, it would be inappropriate for your physician to state that you are "asking for cancer.". ...Read more

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I started my hCG diet today and cheated, do I need to restart?

I started my hCG diet today and cheated, do I need to restart?

See below: The American Society of bariatric physicians does not recommend the hCG diet..most patients who follow this program gain all their weight back. Because you really don't learn how to eat correctly for yourself. Talk with your doctor... Learned eat correctly and you won't have a problem. For more information go to www.weighstation.net and check out the newsletters ...Read more