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    Hi everyone, I have been primal for about two months (starting in April) and have lost ~10lbs. However lately my weight loss has stalled. I think it is because I have a tendency to snack in the afternoon adding too many calories. Does anyone have tips for how to stop snack cravings? I don't crave any particular snack I just want to munch on something. Alternatively I was thinking of trying a 24-48 hour fast to jump start weight loss and get a feel for what my hunger signals really are, and what is just cravings.

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    Old trick I used to resort to was chewing gum. If you need something mindless to do with your mouth, gum will do it.
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    • #3
      What are you snacking on? How many carbs are you taking in a day?
      If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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      • #4
        My experience has been that if I eat a good breakfast I don’t feel the need to snack. I eat 2-3 eggs with some meat. If I do need to snack, I eat a small handful of almonds or macadamia nuts. And I eat them slowly, enjoying each one of them.

        I’ve also found that I have a smaller appetite now that I’ve begun experimenting with cold water baths in the evening. Although some might say the verdict is not in on the effectiveness of CT, I say it can’t hurt to give it a try for a few months.

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        • #5
          I snack on nuts/fruit leather because they are easy to keep in my desk at work. I'm not sure how many carbs I take in during the day however based on yesterdays meals I think it is about 75-100g which is higher than I was estimating

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          • #6
            Originally posted by collegeprimalgirl View Post
            I snack on nuts/fruit leather because they are easy to keep in my desk at work. I'm not sure how many carbs I take in during the day however based on yesterdays meals I think it is about 75-100g which is higher than I was estimating
            Yeah, fast then drop that carb count down.
            If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by justyouraveragecavemen View Post
              Yeah, fast then drop that carb count down.


              The carbohydrate curve is nonsense. Disregard it. <100g of carbs a day might be too little.

              OP, where are you at in terms of your weight loss? Are you in vanity territory or are you seriously overweight? If you are actually overweight, how long have you been so?

              As others have said, to quit snacking, eat larger meals full of meat, fat, and vegetables.
              Last edited by Grumpycakes; 06-01-2012, 10:41 AM.
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              • #8
                I grown up being a little pudgy, nothing you couldn't attribute to baby fat then college added about 30 lbs to that. I am about 30lbs away from my goal. For background I am 5'3" and currently 169lbs.

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                • #9
                  Yeah, Grumpy's probably right. Eat more carbs.
                  If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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                  • #10
                    Go big on protein for all meals. If you are 30 pounds out, I would drop the nuts and dried fruit snacks. If you are going to snack, which I don't see any problem with, maybe hit some protein/fat snack that have a little more bulk than nuts. Sardines? Cottage Cheese? Full Fat Yogurt? Hard Boiled Eggs. I eat pretty high protein and find it rare that I need to snack. You could also just drink some coffee when you feel like snacking
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                    • #11
                      Decide. Get it in your head that you are going to eat three big, hearty meals a day and nothing but water in between. Chewing gum is a great way to trick yourself away from mindless snacking. If you are filling up on protein, fat, and plenty of veggies and fruit, you shouldn't be hungry during the 3-4 hours between meals - you're probably snacking out of habit, and it will take willpower to break that habit. Don't keep easy snacks around. If you work near vending machines, don't keep cash in your purse. And it's probably a good idea to eliminate nuts for now, until after you hit goal weight, especially if you have a tendency to want to munch. It's way too easy to mindlessly eat a huge load of calories worth of nuts.

                      I wouldn't try that long of a fast just yet. Your body probably isn't ready for it, and you'll just end up feeling lousy trying to force yourself. Shoot for two 4-6 hour fasts per day. That is, start with not snacking. That is a fast of sorts... just not a super long one.
                      Last edited by Danielle5690; 06-01-2012, 02:48 PM.

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                      • #12
                        I had the same problem until I moved my mealtimes around. Now I fast until about 10 or 11, have breakfast, then lunch at 3 or 4 and dinner at 7. That way my usual snack time becomes lunchtime!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by collegeprimalgirl View Post
                          I snack on nuts/fruit
                          Nuts are a very tasty high calorie option and gruit does have a high sugar content. I would suggest chewing gum or taking in carrot sticks to snack on.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by collegeprimalgirl View Post
                            I grown up being a little pudgy, nothing you couldn't attribute to baby fat then college added about 30 lbs to that. I am about 30lbs away from my goal. For background I am 5'3" and currently 169lbs.
                            Give it more time.

                            If you are having trouble with mindless snacking or hunger between meals, try eating larger meals with more meat and animal fat. Try seeing if it's the protein that keeps you satisfied or the fat. I find that I go back and forth between sometimes needing more meat and sometimes more fat. I've been pretty surprised at the large quantity of meat that I seem to require to feel my best.
                            Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                            • #15
                              Thank you everyone for the advice, for now I am doing the Whole 30 for june and do my best to avoid nuts/snacking in general.
                              I cannot express how awesome you all are!

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