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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 08-18-08, 11:14 AM   #1
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200# boundary acts like trampoline...

Don't know if others have run into this... I seem to experience 200# as some sort of mental limit. Every time I go under it, I experience an intense desire for more food, and find various excuses to stay off the bike. Also, it seems to rain suspiciously in the week after I go under 200... might the gods be conspiring? Deus ex machina...
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Old 08-18-08, 11:42 AM   #2
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If you want to indulge in food... indulge in vegetables/fruits (brocolli, peas, carrots, oranges, bananas, apples, plums). It's much healthier and are not full of empty calories. Also it's harder to indulge in complex carbs than it is junk food (full of empty, non-satisfying) calories.
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Old 08-18-08, 01:12 PM   #3
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I remember reading about a study where one group was given free access to sugary soda, and the other group given free access to diet soda. The sugary-soda group didn't drink as much, presumably because their bodies' cravings for sugar were actually being satisfied, whereas the diet soda didn't help with the cravings. So curbing a craving is definitely not as easy as just gobbling large quantities of low-calorie stuff.

Some people find that small quantities of high-calorie food, eaten slowly, satisfy cravings better than large physically-filling quantities of fruit or other low-cal foods. Your body chemistry has a chance to register and feed back that you've been eating what it is that you're craving, so you feel satisfied with a small amount.

Or, keep an eye out for healthy snacks that do work for you. My favourite is edamame (vegetable-grade soybeans in pods -- apparently a popular bar snack in Japan). You boil them in lightly salted water and suck the little beans out of the pods. This is the most satisfying snack food I have ever eaten, no lie, and I think it has to do with the combination of (a) nourishing food and (b) the busywork involved in eating them.

The other thing is, if you think it's a mental block that happens when you reach 200 lb., can you continue on your diet/exercise plan without looking at the scale as often? If you look at it every day, you'll notice when you hit 200. If you look at it every week instead, or every two weeks, will you 'miss' the magic number, or will you get the cravings without actually knowing you've hit 200? It's worth a shot, unless you have some crucial medical reason for frequent weight monitoring.
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Some people find that small quantities of high-calorie food, eaten slowly, satisfy cravings better than large physically-filling quantities of fruit or other low-cal foods. Your body chemistry has a chance to register and feed back that you've been eating what it is that you're craving, so you feel satisfied with a small amount.
Exactly. My wife and I enjoy really excellent cheeses, chocolates, and ice creams, and because they are so awesome we find that we don't eat very much. After all, slimming down is purely a matter of calorie math. As long as your nutrition needs are being met, where the calories are coming from doesn't matter as much as the fact that you are using more than you are consuming.

All that said, I haven't been able to get below 200 pounds in 18 years. I'm 202 right now, and I'm eating small portions and exercising and although I can tell that I could stand to lose about 10-12 pounds of fat, my body is clinging to it madly.
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Exactly. My wife and I enjoy really excellent cheeses, chocolates, and ice creams, and because they are so awesome we find that we don't eat very much.
Reminds me that I should pick up some olives and cheese from the market this week...

Also, my boyfriend came home from a business trip and brought me a bag of Ghirardelli dark chocolate squares. I can eat one of those and not think about chocolate again for a week.
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Switch to the metric system. You're under 100 kg so you're doing great! You're also under 15 stone so that's excellent!
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