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I have a horrible habit of stress eating and need to stop. Also I wanna exercise but it's just soooo boring and I don't really have anyone who will be willing to exercise with me, plus my family only really buys junk or frozen dinners

1. How to quit junk food
2. Ways to exercise without getting bored out of my mind

If anyone has advice on these things or if you have your own weight loss technique that helped you lose weight I would love it if you shared that with me.
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Any physical activity will do.
Some are more suited to promoting health than others but if you find something fun to do then you're more likely to stick to it.
I'm not sure I'm the best one to talk to about diet. I like junk food and stress eating is something altogether different.
mabe switch to chewing gum?
Better ask a doctor about that dealing with stress and eating disorders.
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vampirecell wrote:

I have a horrible habit of stress eating and need to stop. Also I wanna exercise but it's just soooo boring and I don't really have anyone who will be willing to exercise with me, plus my family only really buys junk or frozen dinners

1. How to quit junk food
2. Ways to exercise without getting bored out of my mind

If anyone has advice on these things or if you have your own weight loss technique that helped you lose weight I would love it if you shared that with me.


Have to admit, my favorite workouts are short - like, anime opening song short. I get to watch / listen to the OP (which are often quite upbeat and make moving easier), do some curls or squats or pushups or whatever, watch an episode of anime, and repeat. Unfortunately, I haven't been watching as much anime lately, so that went by the wayside, but it was my favorite style while I was doing it. Well, other than rock climbing, but that takes a partner and a gym if you want to just get started rather than attacking some mountain somewhere.

And I'm by no means an expert, but I've also noticed that carrying a weight (like 50-100 lbs) from one end of my house to another once a day has helped trim my waistline quite a bit over the past couple of years. It wasn't fast to slim down, but it was only a minute or three a day, every day.

On the eating side, you might try pushing for different kinds of frozen dinners. Aim for the ones with more veggies - not the ones listed as Lean or whatever, since that usually means a smaller portion size, and most people I know just end up eating more of those (I tried once, ate 4 in one sitting. Not worth it). Go for chicken or pork, rather than beef if possible, and thinner/smaller strips of meat will distribute better through the meal, which can make eating even less-than-tasty veggies more palatable.

For alternative stress snacking, you might try nuts. They tend to be high in good fats rather than bad ones, and if you go lightly salted or unsalted, can be really healthy for you.
Posted 8/16/16
Since you stress-eat, wouldn't it be better if you filled up your pantry with healthier snacks instead? Be careful not to have an outright "healthy food" switch because you won't be used to it..... And it could even make you feel even worse.

But why not go to the supermarkets with your parents (or even by yourself) and search for some healthier alternatives? Like vegetable chips (Instead of potato chips - starch-filled blahblahblah). Or dried fruits and nuts. Of course even over-eating these can be bad... Maybe if you keep these things around and have some variation it will help you too.

I was told that salty snacks are better than sweet ones though I don't know how true that is.......

I heard from my sis that it's better to cook the snacks that you're eating as well since it'd mean you will have to make an effort to get the food. She likes fitness and all that stuff... So I trust her.

You can go online for snack recipes!!! Personally love making mini pizza slices... And I know that mac and cheese isn't a snack but it is to me. (I'm a big eater.)

You can find some fitness apps that give you voice-overs and instructions to keep you in check as well. Maybe ask your friends to work out with you as well so you don't feel so lonely.
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I do shop for healthy stuff but then mom gets junk and temptation gets the better of me, thank you for the tips everyone, I'll learn to cook more and I could carry my niece around more since she can't walk or sit up on her own yet
Posted 8/16/16 , edited 8/16/16
I think what is probably the important for losing weight is quality of sleep and duration of sleep. From what I've gathered and experienced is that if you stay up late the previous night or just have crappy sleep the following day your probably gonna have food cravings( and it's pretty well established in medical literature).

On top of that Artificial light ( Blue light in particular) at night is horrible for your health period.
http://caloriesproper.com/artificial-light-regulates-fat-mass-no-bueno/
This website has a lot of good blog posts on the why and how for a lot of health related things but is quite sciency.

Good thing there are ways around that

- Wearing blue light blocking glasses after sundown or 3 hours prior to bedtime and no eating at night. ( I recommend UVEX brand. These are really important so try and make sure you can get these!!! You can get them off amazon their cheap and effective https://www.amazon.com/Uvex-Blocking-Computer-SCT-Orange-S1933X/dp/B000USRG90)

- Make sure your room is as dark as possible and night and focus more on listening to more mellow and light music or watching something not so action packed/gory since it tends to be stimulating and will keep you from falling asleep.

- Direct morning sunlight exposure to your eyes and skin (Windows/glasses are no bueno) along with breakfast, simply put this tells your body that it's daytime and coupled with the above helps entrain your circadian rhythm(Internal clock) which leads to better quality of sleep.

Here's two good articles that I think you should read
http://whole9life.com/2014/09/improve-your-sleep/
http://whole9life.com/2014/09/improve-sleep-quality/

Diet wise instead of junk food try slowly switching to fruit and nuts that you like. it's not easy to make a switch it took me awhile myself so try and not beat yourself up too hard if you find it extremely hard at the beginning or stray once you start to get it down, just remember it's really nothing to get too worked up about. Remember to eat breakfast and don't eat too late at night.

For exercise just find something fun to do outside, take walks out on a trail and explore. Dance in your room is another good one.

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Neither junk food nor frozen dinners are inherently bad; it's a matter of moderation. It helps to consciously control how many calories and carbs you are taking in. That said, I can think of a few things that help out if you have a poor diet:

1. Drink sparkling waters instead of soda pop; there are a lot of flavors, they have no negative impact on your health (carbonated water,) and you still get the satisfaction of the fizz.

2. Liquid substitutes (ie: protein shakes like Carnation Instant Breakfast and SlimFast) are great for curbing your hunger, but you have to get used to the taste/consistency--Carnation is my favorite because it isn't much different than chocolate milk. On that same note, drink milk (1% or 2%, at most.)

3. Find an active hobby/occupation; it negates a sedentary home life and doesn't get boring if you enjoy the activity. An example would be to pick up a sport.

4. Add boiled or microwave-scrambled eggs to your meals (or raw to your frozen/blended drinks.) Eggs are low calorie and high protein with fairly negligible fat content.

5. It's pretty much food choice from there out: avoid pork and ground or marbled beef, try whole-grain bread, baked chips rather than fried, grain cereals rather than sugary, etc.
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Drink carrot juice, and stuff yourself with watermelon or pineapple.

Eating enough pineapple with pretty much destroy your taste buds for good amount of time.

Exercise. Make it a game. I do it lots of times since I don't go to a gym. I have to do 100 squats before a certain time, or I have to do 100 push ups if I did something stupid today. Make it a game. If i eat any sweets today I have to do 100 squats.

It doesn't have to be boring, it's just a mind set
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Eat at Subway? Eat Sunchips?

I believe in you!
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WILL POWER and proper mindset.

You need to make the gym fun. As soon as you start seeing results in your body (noticeable muscles like the six pack and others), you will be hooked. It takes time though depending on your age and the actual state of your body. Make sure to take good music with you and I find it better to go alone that with friends. It can be very distracting when your with others.

As to how to quit junk food...you just need to work at it ALLOT!
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Make sure to cut out soda as well, and make an effort to build some lean muscle with basic strength training exercises (or dancing, which is really great, so DDR, yeah XD). If you can do 200 sit-ups in a set: your core should look nice enough for your body type even if you don't exercise (like me right now)... as long as you have a proper diet, which is crucial.

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1) Make sure to have a music player with you with music that makes you want dance and move, or gets you pumped-up with energy.
2) learn a few stretches, and switch away from high calorie junk foods and sugary drinks. Especially sodas, and make sure to drink more water.
3) Start with a basic jog and learn to move at a steady and comfortable pace instead of running at a full-sprint.
4) Build your resistance to your urges to eat, and begin shifting to healthier food and smaller portions. You can have something like a doughnut once every other week. Junk food is supposed to be a treat. This includes fast food, which is probably out of your control if you are in school.
5) seek help for stress eating habits.
6) Don't starve yourself, and make sure you're eating properly, because it's not worth it. Your body will crash and break if you do that.
7) Bulimia is banned. Do not do this.
8) You have your own body type, so accept it.
9) Drink plenty of water, but don't overdue it and drown your cells.

BTW, healthy is often more expensive, so you might want to get used to rationing your snacks every week...
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Just do it.
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