Hi, My name is Darwin and im an addict..... I eat larabars way to much to lean out like I want. At first it started out as a way to get rid of loose change now its a problem lol. Should I quit cold turkey or start slowly? Or do I even need to quit? I work in a place they sell em so its hard. Im gonna try to fix my diet so im not starvin all the time but wat else can I do to beat this?
Stop buying them. And eat bigger meals so you don't feel the need to eat snacky stuff like larabars.
You're probably addicted because they're a flavored combination of sugar and fat. I would just stop buying them. If you're having a problem, avoid them indefinitely until you are able to control your eating of them.
Since you do MMA, you can handle way more carbs and sugar than most of us, so even though I have nothing but respect for a smart PH vet like gilliebean, the suggestion to drink water instead doesn't quite work. You probably burn 4-6000 calories a day if you are an MMA professional. That said, there are better carbs to satisfy your needs. I know crossfit trainers with similarly demanding daily physical routines who eat beef jerky and sweet potatoes.
Everyone is right that you are probably addicted to the sugar. However, it will be fairly easy for you to replace the sugar-calorie reward association with a carb-calories reward association. Just replace the lara bar with a sweet potato. You'll get just as much carb content, which isn't a problem for you, but it won't burden your liver with a load of fructose. In a week or two your brain will begin to associate the sweet potato with the calories and glycogen replacement that you need. So you'll only need to use will power in the short term. Once your brain flips, you'll be good from that point on, so long as you don't relapse, in which case you can just repeat the same process.
My wife experienced this with sugar in her coffee. I told her to leave it out for two weeks and predicted that her brain would eventually associate the caffeine reward with the sugarless taste of coffee. She was pissed for two weeks, and then the gestalt switch - or whatever you wanna call it - flipped, and now she doesn't need or even crave sugar in her coffee.
Two things regarding your persistent hunger:
If you train MMA professionally, then it is expected that you'll be hungry like a whale. No problem there, this is obvious. This suggests that your hunger is real.
That said, sugar addictions have a way of convincing their hosts that cravings for sugar are other things. My wife, e.g., actually believed that drinks without sugar in them were not thirst quenching. This suggests that part of your problem might not actually be that you are hungry, but that you are craving sugar. So, to repeat, the best thing you can do is keep giving your brain or body what it needs - without anything super sensory like a quick hit of 30g of sugar - until that desire gets re-tagged to inputs that you fulfill the same need (feeding an MMA fighter) without implicating the addiction component (your potentially devious craving for sugar).
It may just be the usual sugar/carb addiction that others here mention. But if you're not getting enough calories or fat, it'll be even more difficult for you to resist the bars. Look at what you're eating overall, and up the fat if you're going for the Larabars nonstop because you're still not satiated after meals.
Lara bars are packed full of sugar from the dates. Sugar is addictive. It's deadly for those of us who are obese or insulin insensitive and can lead to those conditions for everyone else. Quit cold turkey is my advice.
They are expensive and contain nuts that are probably on the verge of being rancid. You could make a much higher quality bar with organic dates(fresh as possible) and macadamia nuts or coconut and it would probably be cheaper.
Junk food is junk food whether it's made up of things that you consider healthy / "paleo" or not. Addiction is bad, regardless of what it's from (and in this case I can guarantee that it's the sugar). Cut it out of your life and only have it on rare special occassions as a treat. Being a slave to anything is not a healthful habit. You are stronger than your addiction, let it go.
Bring something else to work with you that you can snack on. Maybe just plain nuts would be a good place to start, or some leftovers. Larabars are really good, but it's best to reserve them for an "emergency only" situation where you have nothing else to eat and are really hungry. I only buy one when I'll be traveling in case I'm stuck without other options.
they are really easy to make. choose the type of nuts you like, throw them into a food processor til they are broken into small pieces. remove. get pitted dates and throw them into the food processor.
mix the two together with a bit of cinnamon.
add cranberries, or other dried fruit to the dates to change the flavor.
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