Does anyone have any tips on trying to eat healthy? I’m a young 20’s male that is in decent shape, I work out 1-2 times a week but have a huge sweets/junk food craving. I can’t bring myself to cook all that often, and when I eat out multiple times a week I find myself getting a couple cookies or chips and having some kinda sugar everyday. I also binge eat a box of cookies a lot lol. Any tips to counteract this and start living a better lifestyle? Would be much appreciated thank you!

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Download an app that tracks your macros, it makes a world of difference. Easy to eat everything in sight but when you have to hold yourself accountable and track each cookie you no longer have the desire to eat above your allowed amount. I recommend carbon tech diet coach. All you need to do is scan the barcode and Voila! 1-2 workouts a week isn't enough, you should be working out atleast 3-4 days. Focus on compound movements and circuit training to burn as much calories, and target multiple muscle groups. Finally, you have to mentally convince yourself to cut out the sugar and the sweets. I could easily eat a whole box of cookies in one sitting. It takes discipline and the will to look and feel good to put it aside and maybe have a few on a Saturday.

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I would also suggest you begin to cook more. You have no idea the amount of shit they put in your food when you eat out or how many calories you're actually having, not to mention salt and other things. You will feel so much better not putting that garbage into your food and knowing exactly what goes into your meals. I've been cooking almost every meal during the work week and saving going-out for the weekends. Try it for a week or two and see how you feel after.

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This is all good advice, adding a few more things to the list! Download MyFitnessPal and track your workouts and everything you eat, alcohol too. I lost 20 lbs doing this. Once you see how hard you have to work at the gym to burn off the Oreos, you won’t be as inclined to binge eat them lol. It also helps you understand which “bad” foods maybe aren’t as bad. For example, I still eat bacon (🙌) most days with eggs for breakfast but try to minimize empty carbs (sry bagels). Also, buy a scale and weigh yourself every morning so you have a consistent measure of what’s working and what’s not. Holds yourself accountable too. Good luck!

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This is good advice but just want to add a note about weighing yourself every day - your weight can seem higher on one day than another for a whole host of reasons (you haven’t had a bowel movement yet, you didn’t sleep as much, you ate more food than normal the night before, you ate an especially salty meal - this causes water retention). While the scale is a good approximation, make sure you’re not freaking out if the number goes up by a few pounds in a day. It’s physically impossible to gain that much weight that fast unless you’re eating like 5000 calories. It helps to weigh yourself in the same conditions (after using the bathroom, in the same clothes, at the same time) and take a 7 day moving average for a more realistic picture of your weight

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4 things - bear with me 1. Workout more than 1-2x a week. Aim for 3-4 minimum. 2. Cut out the extra sugar besides junk food that you can like soda (huge culprit) 3. Do time restricted eating. 8 hour eating window and 16 hour fast per day. That way you at least won’t eat junk in the 16 even if you have some during window 4. Limit the sweets you have at home. I’m in shape but also have a sweet tooth so will keep some ice cream and dark chocolate at home. I eat it daily basically but it’s always just a couple bites or small quantity so not too bad. Don’t have to go cold turkey, just cut down. Good luck!

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Agreed. Good advice and practical - “don’t eat sugar” is so much easier said than done, but this seems like a super feasible approach!

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It takes time to detox from sugar. After a while, things like soda will taste too sweet.

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Try to work out 4-5 times/ week. When I workout a lot I feel less attracted to junk food-I don’t want to ruin the credit of my workouts.

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small tip with (potentially) big impact: brush your teeth after you had dinner. Snacks will taste bad and you’ll be less tempted to eat right before you go to bed.

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Thank you all so much for the helpful and kind words! This honestly means so much and I really appreciate the action steps given. First step on this journey starts now and I appreciate you all giving me the tools to succeed 🙏

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I find it easiest to make a daily routine to run, I keep lots of low processed low sugar snacking things around the house. I still have gummy bears and chips stashed away but they're a special treat. 🤭

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Also, learn about ingredients. You can probably be healthier just by eating quality ingredients. Seriously take the time to learn on ingredients, especially cooking oils. Cut out pure sugar substitute with monk fruit sweetener or Erythritol, both have an extremely low glycemic index. Over time your body will break the addiction of cane sugar.

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Follow FlavCity on YouTube or IG. This guy does many recipes on healthy eating including Paleo. He's also pretty good at showing you how to read between the fine prints and buy nutritious groceries.

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Yes, most items are actually available on whole foods too; just have to pay the sticker price. Speaking of Aldi, is it primarily based out of Chicago/midwest? We have never seen Aldi's in NYC but that one time we came across one in CT, surprisingly it was poorly stocked with sub-par produce quality. I'm sure your experience is better.

Keto works!! Baby steps…start by trying to have one healthy meal for a week straight. Also you’re gonna need some discipline…there are not short cuts ever my friend. Everyone is saying cut out sugar it never works like that. Your brain needs rewiring and it’ll take time. Start slow and Id even try to mediate just for 10 mins. Again baby steps. Once your consistent, your whole way of thinking will change for the better.

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Hate cooking? Bulk cook some rice once a week, buy rotisserie chicken at the store. Make some veggies on the side. Wanna stop for food somewhere? Go to Boston market or Whole Foods hot bar. Want something sweet? Frozen strawberries+banana+protein smoothie or chocolate milk. Or alternatively Greek yogurt with granola.

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My husband and I do the first and it’s so much easier to eat healthy if you just heat it up quickly. We make a bunch of rice, chicken, grilled veggies and a fish on Sunday and just eat that throughout the week.

Eat dates and wean off processed sugars

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Start with small steps! Maybe give yourself 1 treat a day. Stop getting boxes of cookies. I find a box in the house = a box eaten. It’s better to go to a bakery and pick up one single cookie. Stock up on better snacks (fruits, jerky etc). Try to go to exercise 3-6 times a week. Even a brisk walk is better than 0. Maybe consider a service where you get everything and just need to throw it in a pan. Friends use that.

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Replace all the processed sugars with fruit! This will satisfy your craving but much healthier

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Drink more water. Switch to fruit instead of cookies.

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Good luck OP! Can’t help myself but have to say it since so many of said it above…don’t replace sugars with fruits. Many fruits are loaded with sugars and carbs. Look for treats that have Erythritol or Monk Fruit Sweeter as the sweeteners, not cane sugar in combination with other clean organic ingredients. Watch flavcity uber educational.

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I have a sweet tooth too…I’ve found eating protein ice cream helps with it !!! It’s pretty good and if you eat the whole pint, it’s only 370 calories !! Breyers and target brand are the best I’ve found so far. Also start small, any drastic changes won’t stick !! Maybe just start with cooking one extra day per week or working out one extra day. Also Trader Joe’s has a lot of prepared/frozen foods that make cooking easy !!!

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