Food seems to be all I think about at the moment - literally every few minutes I'm thinking how much I want to eat something. Over the last couple of months I've put on a stone in weight through eating much more than I normally would: I'm now just over 8 stone, so at 5'3" I'm still not overweight, but there's definitely excess fat on my stomach and thighs I'm not happy with. After constantly snacking and eating large meals I'm now trying to cut down but it's so hard and the temptation's always there.
I came off norethisterone a few days ago, but my appetite increased at around the same time I started taking it (and weight gain is included in the list of side effects). I don't understand why I'm still thinking about food so much when it's nearly been a week since I stopped taking them. It must be abnormal, and I'm scared it'll reach the point where I'm so disgusted by my binge eating that I'll make myself throw up or something. What can I do to stop wanting food so much? Are there any practical ways I can prevent myself from eating all the time?
Drink water, I find that helps.
How about eating foods that are healthy and both low fat and filling? e.g. fruit + veg. Maybe see your GP about it?
don't keep any food around you? when i started on my diet i threw away all high calorie foods at home, only got stuff like veggies, bread, fruit and no-fat joghurt at home. it's hard to stuff yourself on carrots.
i have about 6 (small) meals a day. if it doesn't matter what you're eating then eat carrots. nothing wrong with that.
Don't deprive yourself, that may make it worse, say inbetween meals, if your feeling peckish, have say fruit, nuts, yourght, something healthy like this, by not eating you may end up thinking about it more, if you just get something healthy and just nibble away at it, it may make you stop as your keeping your mouth busy. Fitty's idea about chewing gum is also a good one, it keeps your mouth busy and may just distract you from thinking about it. Try to get on with daily routines, ie jobs which need to be done/studying etc etc.
I have exactly the same problem, over the last couple of years I've put on more than 2 stone because of it...and food is ALWAYS on my mind...it's horrible!
I eat and eat until I feel I'm going to throw up.
The only thing i've found that works is going out, preferably somewhere not near food, so i'm away from the house and the food in it. It also helps if i go round to a friend's house or something, as I wont gorge so much infront of friends.
Seriously, just try and keep yourself busy. Also, look into compulsive over eating, you may be suffering from it, i think that's what's wrong with me, I really want professional help, but have no idea where to go to get it!!
Whenever I get hungry I eat almond raisin etc small healthy snacks
i spend a considerable amount of time thinking about food, i love eating, even just healthy stuff, snacking is just what i do. When i got like this i gained alot of weight at first too, but as others have said, as long as you snack on healthy stuff, celery, fruit, veg, lowfat crackers... it shouldn't be too much of a problem. Are you eating because you're actually hungry, or just like to eat, i am the latter. As such, i try not to make my meals too big either, salads etc.
Can you talk to your parents about the problem, see if they can help by buying healthier things for the household so there's less temptations?