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July 21, 2012 8:09 PM
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You told us what you were thinking AFTER you ate the double cheeseburger, but it would be more helpful to hear about the things you were thinking before you ate it. Specifically the things you were saying to yourself when you made the decision to get in your car and go to McD's, and on the way there.


Well, usually I have someone watch my babies (while my husband is on deployment)... I have a couple errands to run...and the only place next to me is a Farm Fresh (groc Store) with a bank, a Burger King, a Mcds, and a dairy queen.

If I had to say... it would be ... that the only time I had to myself to go around would be to stop by this Mcds.

Maybe I'm associating Mcds with my alone time... and that is the problem?
  19861998
July 21, 2012 8:10 PM
I don't find this bad at all. Maybe having that double cheeseburger is helping keep you on track. You could try having the smaller cheeseburger and see if it works, but I don't think that people need to stick to typically healthy foods 100%. After all, the world is not filled with 100% typically healthy food. Give yourself a break. Maybe twice a week is one too many, but if it fits in with your calories then I don't see the issue.
  23794406
July 21, 2012 8:12 PM
How about make a deal with yourself.. you can get the burger 1 time a week, if you burn off the calories before?

We love five guys, and now I do a little cheeseburger instead of the double on the regular, cause it saves about 350-400 calories.
Edited by chrystee On July 21, 2012 8:14 PM
  4526537
July 21, 2012 8:14 PM
a) forgive yourself.

b) have the damn cheeseburger once in a while. Just make sure you stay within your deficit and pay your body back with better choices the rest of the week/day.
July 21, 2012 8:14 PM
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I agree with most people here. I've lost 8.8 pounds in the past month and I can honestly say I've eaten fast food 1-2X per week. When I got to McD I get a double cheese burger or a McDouble which is a little less calories and a SMALL fry if I get fries at all. Just account for it work it off at the gym and keep it to a minimum it's fine to have a treat. There are many people on here who think unless you are eating nothing but meat veggies and fruits "clean" eating your doing it wrong. I don't agree. Give yourself the treat once in a while as long as you've stayed on track all week I don't see having a burger now and then.


Thats the thing!!!
I've changed HOW I eat at Mcds... Before I would get nuggets, quarter pounder. with cheese large fries... sweet tea... all that adds up to MAJOR cals!!!
I thought by getting a double cheese once a week, I was doing something right :(
One double cheese a week is WAYYYY dif than getting a quarter pounder with cheese, large fry large sweet tea!!!

Somehow, I feel worse about it now than I ever did...I never get a sweet tea... I rarely get fries, if I do its a small... I feel like I changed everything, but for some reason I still feel like I'm eating the same crap. :(
  19861998
July 21, 2012 8:16 PM
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If I had to say... it would be ... that the only time I had to myself to go around would be to stop by this Mcds.

Maybe I'm associating Mcds with my alone time... and that is the problem?


That sounds like a possibility - you will be the only one who can really decide for sure if that fits. Is stopping there a routine when you have someone to watch the kids? Has it come to represent a little way to indulge yourself when you have a moment away from your mommy responsibilities? If so, there are probably healthier things you could do to indulge yourself, many non-food related. Maybe get your nails done, or just steal a few minutes to sit in a park and read a book? Then have your cheeseburger when you get home, with ingredients and cooking that you control.
  23949342
July 21, 2012 8:18 PM
Btw... I just want to say.. when I have the Double Cheeseburger...
I usually keep it in my cals.
I guess I just feel bad that I'm eating this crap in the 1st place... esp with how far I've come ... giving up MOST fast food.
I hate that this place seems to be holding me ... when its not even my fav fast food!?!?! I've given up Nacho Bell Grande LOL... Why can't I give up this?!?! lol
  19861998
July 21, 2012 8:24 PM
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Btw... I just want to say.. when I have the Double Cheeseburger...
I usually keep it in my cals.
I guess I just feel bad that I'm eating this crap in the 1st place... esp with how far I've come ... giving up MOST fast food.
I hate that this place seems to be holding me ... when its not even my fav fast food!?!?! I've given up Nacho Bell Grande LOL... Why can't I give up this?!?! lol


The only reason I see for you to give it up is how bad you're feeling about it. Otherwise, it's just a choice to budget your calories to allow yourself a food you enjoy. The Nacho Bell Grande is 760 cals, according to the Taco Bell website. Maybe you should just pick a day to exercise like crazy and go ahead and get your favorite thing, instead of beating yourself up over a poor substitution.
  23949342
July 21, 2012 8:35 PM
I haven't eaten at McDonald's since 1999. And I Don't miss it. Watch the movie supersize me and maybe you'll be able to let go. For me, it was because I was so sick with my asthma, I decided to eat mostly organic or natural foods. I went from 2 inhalers and a pill daily to a rescue inhaler maybe once a week.
July 22, 2012 4:48 AM
Personally, I used to be addicted to their fish sandwiches. Although at first blush, it seems like a healthy choice, alas, it isn't. But I won't deny myself that treat every now and then, if the craving arises. :)
  21519086
July 22, 2012 4:54 AM
I was once told 'you can't break a habit, you have to replace it with something else, something healthier'. Planning in advance is really essential. Avoid driving that way home. Make sure you've eaten before you leave the house. Work off the calories BEFORE you do it. Drink a lot of water so you feel a little more full if you're out. Carry a water bottle with you everywhere you go. Have two in the car. Don't deny yourself anything, but work it into your food log. And it really is important, for me at least, to work off anything like that BEFORE I have it, because after you are so down on yourself, and so full of fatty high calorie food that you just want to sleep.

Don't be too hard on yourself. Pick yourself up and keep going. You're doing great!
  25076417
July 22, 2012 5:00 AM
Its only once a week. Your still losing weight and getting healthy right? Then there's literally like no point worrying about one double cheeseburger, at least your not binging and eating like 5000 calories 3 times a week like I am ;/
Edited by GnochhiGnomes On July 22, 2012 5:03 AM
July 22, 2012 5:00 AM
I have similar cravings for a big English breakfast every Sunday, so that day is planned carefully so that i can have my wish.

Then the following day, Monday, a do good burn off to ensure I don't go too far off track.

Treat your craving as a treat and enjoy it.

drinker
July 22, 2012 5:03 AM
It could be sugar. Seriously. Almost everything from McDonalds has a ton of uber-refined sugar in it, especially the cheese and the breads. Sugar can be addictive, and cause cravings. Maybe the next time you are jonesin' for some Golden Arches, have a piece of dark chocolate.

I think the biggest thing that has improved my gains has been cutting out fast food. Every sunday I used to crush 5 Guys, and the next couple days I would be MUCH harder to eat right again. Haven't had it in 4 months. Don't even miss it now.
July 22, 2012 5:04 AM
Your brain is hard wired to give you a mild euphoria from high calorie foods, if you are craving McDonald's it's because your brain remembers that you eat a lot of calories at once when you have that food. So you could just be hungry. If you are worried about eating it, try eating something else first (with a large bottle/glass of water) and see if you are still craving it afterword?
Edited by cersela On July 22, 2012 5:06 AM
July 22, 2012 5:04 AM
I think it is pyschological. This is you holding onto some part of your old bad habit, versus fully embracing a new lifestyle. I say this because it makes you feel bad after...makes you feel guilty. So it is not even a guilty pleasure. Like I love ice cream, and if I have some, I enjoy it and work out more that day or the next. I don't feel bad about it.

You are losing about 3 lbs a month. to reach your goal you need about another 15 months. In every other way you have improved your eating.

So what is worth more? Reaching your goal or the double cheeseburger?

Caveat: I dont think a once in awhile splurge is bad, but a weekly trip to McDs is a mess waiting to happen. All you need is one bad day, stress etc, and that order will be out of control. Slippery slope.
  19508038
July 22, 2012 5:05 AM
I never eat McDonalds or much fast food at all when I'm in the UK, but when I spent a few months abroad I did have it for various reasons - comfort, living by myself, they had free wifi, etc. I found that the more I had it, the more I wanted it - it was so addictive!

I honestly think the amount of salt and sugar (yes, in the savoury stuff too) has you craving more, and the best thing to do is go complete cold turkey.
July 22, 2012 5:06 AM
I know how you feel. I am addicted to the large Cokes. Its like a drug.
  8466070
July 22, 2012 5:10 AM
I have cravings for things too! it cant be helped is there a way you could try make it at home and make it more tasty and filling?

Whole meal cobs/roll - 167 cals
cheese slice - 70 cals
100g lean mince - 136

then you can add as much salad and add maybe peppers etc into the mince to make it more of a tasty burger - be more filling less calories and more healthy.

I know the quickness is sometimes the deal breaker of a mcdonalds Im the same I just started comparing foods and trying make healthier choice now always easy as people think.

good luck and hope you find a way cut down x
July 22, 2012 5:11 AM
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I know how you feel. I am addicted to the large Cokes. Its like a drug.


It is like a drug, when I gave up soda I had actual withdrawal symptoms from it. (Headaches, cravings, irritability, ect). I realize it was from the corn syrup, so I try to avoid anything that has high fructose corn syrup in it now because if I have a single taste then just like a crackhead all I want is to eat or drink are things that contain corn syrup.
July 22, 2012 5:12 AM
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I know how you feel. I am addicted to the large Cokes. Its like a drug.


If you switch to large diet coke - apparently as no calories in x
July 22, 2012 5:14 AM
Your feeling like crap and unsatisfied will eventually kick in and you will finally know its not worth it. Just hang in there because tomorrow is another day. Oh, water, water, water - that's what I do if I'm still hungry and it does work. ohwell
July 22, 2012 5:18 AM
we all have are flaws mine is beer and chips just because you cave in now and then not bad . Start each day fresh start and youll suceed I had 2 beers yesterday but none today game on:)
  26201095
July 22, 2012 5:20 AM
Yeah, maybe it has fillers and preservatives, but so what? The media blows preservatives way out of proportion. They're regulated by the FDA and in small amounts like you are getting, there's no issue. Yeah, a burger that doesn't go bad for days seems scary, but if you know the science behind what goes into it, it's really not.

That said, the fat content is still high. Make it a sometimes food and watch your macros and total cal intake, and it's not that big of a deal.
July 22, 2012 5:23 AM
McDonalds...Let's see...I think of the beef as ground up worms. The Chicken Mcmaggots. Wormy fish-filet. Yum? Ha! Works for me! Make your own burger using ground round 90% or higher. It's the cheapo hamburger (worms) Mcd uses that makes it bad.
Hope this helps..does for me!
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