I need to get my nutrition back on track... I've been stuck at about 204 lbs. for a couple months now...
Are there certain foods that you crave that keep the weight on?
Not sure, I think my food choices currently have more to do with budget than craving specific foods. I switched to diet soda, partly because of my diabetes and just wanting less carbs/sugar, but I've heard that just because it's diet that doesn't mean it's good for weight loss. That's about the only product that I'm hooked on. I've tried alternatives to soda but can't stick with any. Otherwise, I do eat quite a bit of processed and crap foods, somewhat because of convenience and somewhat because of budget issues. I don't eat 18¢ Ramen noodles and 88¢ Banquet TV dinners constantly, but let's just say that they're not uncommon either. I've read lots of books on this and that idea about food/nutrition, and even taken nutrition and cooking classes... now if only I could put some of the stuff into practice
Junk food is loaded with sugar. What has happened is that Fat has been wrongly vilified as leading to heart disease ( turns out not to be true). Fat is what adds flavor to food and also satiates your hunger. It's very profitable for the Food Industry to remove fat and add sugar to replace the lost taste. The added sugar spikes your insulin so you lose control of your appetite. Insulin is a hormone that is as strong as heroin in terms of the boost it gives you and the cravings it produces.
So the idea is to go back to a high fat and high protein diet. It will get your insulin under better control and restore your natural appetite. People with diabetes do well with this type of eating ( of course consult your Doctor). You are never hungry and you don't have to forcefully reduce calories. You will naturally eat less after a while if you get proper nutrition from animal products ( Meat, Fish, Eggs, butter etc.). Get your carbs from vegetables, nuts and occasionally fruit once your weight is stable.
Here is the formula: About 70% of your daily calories from Animal sources, Meat, Fish Eggs etc. 30% from vegetables fruit and nuts. Vegetables are best undercooked or even raw. Green leafy vegetables are very good. Coconut products and coconut oil has a certain type of fat ( Mid-chain) that is very good for you. Olive oil after that. Use Real Butter and Whole Milk (dont over do Milk if you need to lose weight).
Meat is best if you take the trouble to buy naturally pastured meat and eggs, not from factory farms. They are tremendously more nutritious. Look for "Grass Fed" labels on beef and "Cage Free" eggs. Eat eggs every day.
Just dont eat this way and still eat breads and pasta and high carb junk foods or sugar. Youre just going to trigger certain mechanism in your system which will opt to turn the sugar into stored fat before it gets to the good food. You will crowd out the good stuff with the bad stuff.