From Amanda, Age 19 - 06/23/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'4", Start: 198 lb, Today: 198 lb (BMI %tile: 97), Goal: 130 lb - Okay you guys, I really don't want to hit the 200 lb. mark so I'm changing it all now. My main problem is I forget to eat less. I don't think about being on a diet until I've already ate unhealthily..I don't understand it but I think I've figured a way to fix that. Do you guys have any advice of how to keep yourself from eating when it's unneccessary? I mean obviously eating regular meals but when I'm not doing anything or when I'm talking to someone I always find myself eating...definitely not cool. Thank you guys for any advice you can give. (By the way feel free to give me any tips that work for you in other aspects of weight loss too. =] )
Reply from Ally13, Age 22 - 06/24/10  - IP#:
The main thing (and the hardest!) you'll have to work on is your willpower - mind over matter and all that =). Seriously, I've been on countless diets, lifestyle changes (both healthy and unhealthy), etc. and, now that I'm finally losing and keeping the weight off, I've come to a realization: I really have to want to lose the weight in my MIND. If you're head's not in the game, it's pretty hard to get anywhere. When I initially began losing the weight, I'd have to consciously think about what I weighed and how fat and ugly I felt - like, 24/7 I thought about that. And I know it sounds terrible to only think bad things about yourself (and in retrospect, it probably was), but honestly, being really tough on myself all the time was the only way I knew how to break through the initial 'I don't want to diet because food is too awesome!' way of thinking. And once I broke through that mind barrier - and believe me, it took a few months - I found that I didn't WANT to eat unconsciously, or just because I was bored, angry, sad, whatever.
As for actual tips until you get to that point I mentioned, I would suggest getting out of the house as much as often. If you're going to the beach with friends, or taking up a new summer sport, you won't have time to rummage through the cupboards/fridge for things to satisfy your cravings.
Also, drinking a lot of water may help, since you're stomach will feel fuller.
Setting rules such as you can only eat at the dinner table, off of an actual plate, with no tv/book/distractions around might help because really, eating that way is boring so you're less likely to do it if that's the only way to get food in your stomach.
I could probably think up a ton more if you gave me enough time, but this is already turning into a small novel =). If you're interested in chatting via e-mail or IM though, let me know.