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To think there's no way to stop eating

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elf0508 Mon 07-Dec-15 17:05:32

I just can't stop myself eating. And none of it good. I bought a 6 pack wotsits yesterday and three have been eaten by me already. A 10 pack of biscuits and four have gone. Two weeks ago I got two tins of shortbread for a Chris as gift and ate them. Got two selection boxes on Friday as a Christmas gift and by Sunday they were gone. I just eat junk but I cant stop, why can't I stop confused

Jackie0 Mon 07-Dec-15 17:08:29

I'm the same.
The only solution is not to buy it.

Lucyccfc Mon 07-Dec-15 17:11:40

Don't buy crap.

That's how I cut down on eating junk food. If my DS wants crisp, I buy one packet for him. If I need selection boxes, I buy, wrap and hand over. Don't buy 'food' gifts for people, if you know you will eat them.

It's about what you 'choose' to do. Choose fruit, choose healthy snacks, choose veg.

BeeMyBaby Mon 07-Dec-15 18:28:09

Lucy I chose not to choose veg, I chose something else...

BeeMyBaby Mon 07-Dec-15 18:30:43

But yes I have the same problem, the only way I can stop is to go cold miserable angry turkey. After about 2 weeks the cravings go and it's not difficult to say no, but if I don't do that then I'm like a bottomless pit for junk.

Bunbaker Mon 07-Dec-15 18:32:13

I agree that cold turkey is the way to go. It works - honestly.

Bullshitbingo Mon 07-Dec-15 18:38:53

I never have 'crap' in the house. Don't buy crisps/biscuits etc cos me and dh have no willpower, if it's in the house we eat it, so we don't have it in the house.
However, we're both still fat bastards overweight because in the absence of chocolate, we'll eat toast with butter, or seconds of dinner, or make a bowl of pasta. It's about a mindset, not what you have available to eat. You need to find the root cause of why you eat so much and that's when you'll be able to change.

PurpleThermalsNowItsWinter Mon 07-Dec-15 18:39:20

There's lots of ways to stop eating. I'm ex anorexic and not eating is far easier than eating to me. Try drinking a glass of water very quickly every time you think you want a biscuit (but don't stop eating altogether as it really does ruin your ability to enjoy anything once fatigue takes over).

Bullshitbingo Mon 07-Dec-15 18:40:21

Sorry, I realise my last post sounded a bit preachy. Not meant that way at all! If you find a way to stop, let me know how!

BitchPeas Mon 07-Dec-15 18:42:22

Another one who doesn't have it in the house otherwise I would binge. I buy DC biscuits and crisps I don't like so I don't eat them! Even then in moderation so they are not always in the house, maybe like once a week. It's the only thing that works for me.

Topseyt Mon 07-Dec-15 18:42:39

Cold turkey. The only answer for me is hardly ever buying the stuff at all.

I can't just stop at a couple of biscuits or a couple of squares of chocolate. The rest of the pack beckons.

The solution is not to buy the stuff in the first place. If the kids want some crisps they can go out to the local shop and buy their own.

WhiffyBiffer Mon 07-Dec-15 18:48:31

I hear you, I'm the same. Dieting doesn't work long term for me. I strive to be in control of my eating - eat when I'm hungry, stop when I'm full.

I wish I could enjoy everything in moderation including sugar and carbs, but have concluded that sadly I just can't. I've discovered that cutting out/back on carbs and sugar makes me feel a whole lot better, removes cravings, lessens my appetite and makes it easier for me to be in control. I'm finding the low carb bootcamp thread useful. If you've never tried it then consider giving it a go.

topcat2014 Mon 07-Dec-15 18:57:07

I had tried lots of things over the years, even 5:2 - which worked for a while. Also food diaries.

I have basically started following:

No crisps, no sweets, no biscuits, no cakes

for a month. And lost 4lb. More importantly some of the cravings have gone - and even though I know there are kit kats in the cupboard, I have managed to avoid them. Sometimes I open the cupboard doors, but seem to manage to close them again.

DeoGratias Mon 07-Dec-15 19:07:03

Purple v most of the rest of us sums it up. One of my sons is the same although not anorexic. He cannot understand how eating is easier than not eating as eating involves effort and getting up and finding food. Whereas I and most people have no trouble at all eating.

You are best of making sure you have no junk food in the house and then eat only at meal times and make it good stuff with lots of good fats, medium protein and loads of veg. not easy though. If anyone had the answer we'd be millionaires by now.

strawberryandaflake Mon 07-Dec-15 19:18:28

Because it's a habit. You need to break the habit.

JapaneseSlipper Mon 07-Dec-15 19:25:53

Well, I'm sitting here eating nutella from the jar, so am probably not in a position to advise.

iwantbrewstersmillions Mon 07-Dec-15 20:00:13

All I want is a nice box of chocolates today

calzone Mon 07-Dec-15 20:03:54

Maybe try filling yourself up with protein instead.

Eggs and ham for breakfast
Chicken salad for lunch
Fish and vegetables for dinner

Fruit as a snack

ShebaShimmyShake Mon 07-Dec-15 20:08:01

Those stinky, disgusting, onion ring crisps. I know they're awful but they are my guiltiest pleasure. I can never stop once I start. I could easily get through two family bags of them. I don't know why. I know they're horrendous.

lastqueenofscotland Mon 07-Dec-15 20:28:55

I can't have it in the house. My bmi is 20 (god only knows how) but I can eat entire tubes of Pringles/packs of biscuits/massive chocolate bars (even cooking chocolate) in one sitting easily.
I can't help my self. Dp has jelly sweet type things which I can't eat as vegetarian.
Only way to stop be gorging myself!

HellesBelles01 Mon 07-Dec-15 20:50:10

Is it boredom, something to do? When I'm busy at work I can be hungry but distract myself or at least make better choices - I'm not going to scoff a "sharing" size bag of kettle chips at my desk like I do at home on the sofa.

Conversely, was at home all day yesterday and I did NOT stop eating. Supposed to be having a relaxed day but I think I was bored. As my old size 6/8 flatmate used to say, you can't eat if you're working/at gym/shopping/doing chores and she never sat still!

vulgarbunting Mon 07-Dec-15 20:54:34

Oh I am exactly that person who eats what is in front of her. YANBU at all. My PIL give us a huge pannatone each year. I wish they wouldn't because I just destroy it so quickly. I've asked them not to, but apparently my DH not getting his pannatone is tantamount to domestic abuse.

Agree the only thing to do is avoid buying multipacks.

Christina22xx Mon 07-Dec-15 22:54:13

you probably arent drinking enough, i have started to buy bottled water and have one a day, keep it with me just sipping at it and i find it keeps me fall and not crave.
wotsits though they are like tastley air im the same with eat the whole packet of them.

sharonthewaspandthewineywall Mon 07-Dec-15 22:55:58

I fully sympathise. Wotsits are my thing at the moment. I bought the sainsbos own version the other day. Huge mistake

katienana Mon 07-Dec-15 22:58:39

Make a big fruit salad and get a bowl full when you feel peckish.

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