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    I eat a lot - before you ask, I'm not massively fat, but I'm a bit overweight and I want to change that.

    The problem is that I've always used eating as a reward, or displacement activity - I might revise for an hour and then think it's time for lunch, or for a snack. It's a lifelong habit and really hard to break out of. I'm constantly thinking about food, as it's one of the few things I really enjoy. I need something to replace it with.

    Has anyone tried anything that really works? I know I'll probably get some 'have some willpower' comments, but I'm revising intensely for university finals and I want to make this as stress free as possible. Some things I've tried that work semi well;

    - Making a cup of tea every time I have a break.
    - Go on a walk / run.
    - Make food for other people (eg. a cake), but don't eat it.
    - Facebook / TV.

    Yes, this thread is totally serious. Share your techniques
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    Chew gum, drink green tea, do something active! (Reading, FB, TV will all have you thinking of food once again).

    Although I did just have a ham sandwich because I'm bored...
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    You could try switching to lower calorie versions of the food you eat. Or just eat steamed vegetables or something when you would usually eat something else, it won't taste great but you've gotta make sacrifices!
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    Chewing gum
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    I eat as a hobby bascially, in other words I am constantly eating. But i just exercise more to make up for it.
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    When I was losing weight, I actually bought a colouring book and a pack of pencils to keep my hands busy, and it definitely worked. Also things like knitting might work. Now that I work from home I have things to keep me busy most of the time so I'm okay.. but just finding something, anything, to do will help!
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    I usually go for a run or do some other sort of exercise. Problem is, sometimes this may leave me feeling hungrier later in the day and could lead to over-eating.
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    Occupy myself with friends/xbox/college work but if the oral fixation carries on then try chewing pens or gum.
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    go out for a walk, read something you're interested in, have a hobby, don't think about eating all day!
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    To be honest I would just change your diet. If you just make a few changes you can see a difference. I can eat 6 or 7 meals a day and not gain weight, it depends what you're actually eating.

    My advice: Drink more water. Lots more.

    If you're hungry, eat, not until you're full, just so you're not hungry anymore. If you starve yourself you will crack and then stuff your face. I agree with the other poster as well, vegetables are great as they fill you up with fewer calories.
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    More water. Every time you get up or go to the toilet, refill your glass of water. Chewing gum also helps - firstly you'll be chewing, and secondly most food doesn't taste too great right after mint
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    I think when you've been doing something for an extended period of time, you just want to break the routine and do something else. It's all too easy to let food be the distraction from your routine. Instead, go walk around the house and sit in a different room, get a change of scenery.
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    To be honest, if you just get into a routine of not eating so often (e.g. just sticking to 3 main meals a day or similar) you will very quickly get used to it and your hunger will adapt to it. I normally eat twice a day and my meals are basic and either require little preparation or are made in bulk for future consumption so basically I spend very little time eating or thinking about food and it just doesn't really crop up in my thoughts that much throughout the day.

    If I take a break, I often piss about on the internet, read something or listen to some music. You must like (at least one or more of) those things.
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    (Original post by xoxAngel_Kxox)
    When I was losing weight, I actually bought a colouring book and a pack of pencils to keep my hands busy, and it definitely worked. Also things like knitting might work. Now that I work from home I have things to keep me busy most of the time so I'm okay.. but just finding something, anything, to do will help!
    Nice trolling, real subtle... :rolleyes:

    On a serious note, if its only the act of eating that you are attached to you can simply eat very healthy and clean food. Personally I eat a lot yet still lose weight not due to genetics but cause of the surprisingly low calories. Such as a cup of vegetables with a small piece of skinless chicken would be worth roughly 200 calories yet will fill you up a lot.

    Other small healthy snacks: figs, prunes, dates etc.
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    (Original post by Zurvan)
    Nice trolling, real subtle... :rolleyes:
    I was actually being serious!! I'm a fitness mod; I wouldn't troll in the fitness forum (or any other, come to think of it). Not unless I wanted to lose my job, anyway.

    When you need to stick to a strict calorie control diet for three years you kinda need to think out of the box or you'd never see it through to the end. Almost lost my sanity at times, so don't really appreciate being called a troll.
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    Brush your teeth! Then if you're tempted to eat any food it will taste really horrible and toothpaste-y....It works for me.
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    Drink water, preferably cold water as that aids weight loss I think. When you do snack, have fresh or dried fruit or maybe a piece of toast but don't binge!
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    Well, you've mentioned some yourself but:

    - Eat cucumber, celery, anything with a lot of mass and not many calories
    - Drink water or tea
    - Drink caffeine high drinks, it suppresses your appetite
    - Go for a walk
    - Watch a film
    - Have a bath or shower
    - Go to the gym
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    Work out, go to school and socialise, my new regime is that i only eat when im at home, im out for school for 8 hours, then im at the gym for 2, leaving me food free, the food in school is horrible so i only drink water.
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    I'm similar, I didn't stop snacking, I just changed what I was snacking on. I didn't buy any biscuits as I'd do a whole pack if I opened it and brought bananas and snack a jacks. Don't feel quite so guilty then.
 
 
 
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