I would like to know the answer too. Anyone here know what is the answer to your question. I'll do some Googling and get back to you if I got an good answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably can answer it..
Its a good thing you are recognizing this now while you are still in the early losing stage. I'm 3 yrs out and having that problem but it's not so easy to lose now. Stop it now before it gets out of control. Just because you can eat bigger portions doesn't mean you should. Get the sweets out. I can't even have them around me now cause I will eat them. Trust me you still have so much time left to lose and you've lost so much already and to be successful you've got to stop the bad habits now so you don't end up where I'm at now...
You can replace the ice cream with frozen yogurt. that what I did. but I can have a spoonful only..stick to it you can do it ...
LaTona, I am currently 6 months out and my recent posts have been leaning towards this topic. I'm not currently experiencing the issue, but based on the number of people here who do experience this, I do not imagine myself to be immune from exactly what you are experiencing. Indeed, I am trying to anticipate and prepare..
Bighotmama's suggestions are spot on. Part of this is recognizing the problem early, part is kicking yourself in the butt, part is not starting with the slider foods, there's more I think....
One part is understanding the reasons why we are obese in the first place. That is not always obvious..
Please keep us posted and lets us know what works for you. Your success can help the rest of us...
These are methods I use to.
Foods that I know I shouldn't eat..
If you are tempted:.
Make yourself wait 15 minutes. During that time, drink a whole glass of water. If you are still tempted, eat a SMALL amount of the temptation. I don't believe in self-denial..
Or....chew a piece of gum. Just the jaw motion of chewing is pacifying to me. I think it's a left over from Medifast food addiction..
Go for a walk around the block. Think about how hard you have worked to get to where you are, and make a resolution to stick to the Medifast food guidelines you were given..
Measure out your Medifast food at each meal. At nine months I was allowed 3/4 cup. Then a between meal snack, preferably protein, but definitely sugar free..
I don't eat after 8:00 pm. That's just my rule. I drink a lot of fluids between 8 and bedtime, and maybe chew gum. (Others will definitely disagree with this. Literature says we should not go more than 8 hours without putting Medifast food in our pouch.).
Make your family help you! Tell them you are getting off track, and ask them not to eat temptations in front of you. If you eat before them, while they eat go into another room and clean! And if you feel comfortable with it, ask them to get on your case when they see you eating the wrong foods, or a portion size larger than you should be eating..
I know all of these ideas are easy in print. But you did reach out because you are afraid of developing bad habits, and kudos to you for recognizing that..
I appreciate seeing these very specific suggestions. Long-term goals are critical, but having some specific tools to get through one day at a time is often the best way to reach larger goals...