Major Carb and Sweets Addict Coming Back to ZC - Need Support!


Hi Everyone - Just wanted to check in and say hello. I was ZC for about 18 months or so and stopped about 10 months ago. I was going through a high stress time and turned to back to old comfort foods. My eating during this time wasn’t bad at all compared to the average America, but…

This experience made it more apparent (if it wasn’t already) that my body just cannot handle carbs! I am an addict through and through. I get cravings that I can’t handle and lose satiety signals.

So, I am back! The biggest motivator this time is that I have regained almost the entire 15 pounds that I had lost when I went ZC a couple of years ago. So I am back to the point where I need to lose weight or buy new clothes.

But another huge motivator is I am just so sick of these food cravings.

I am back now to having nothing in the house that is not on my WOE, which is the only way right now I will be able to stick to it. But I am still getting the cravings every evening. So far the best treatment I’ve found is BACON! So I am cooking up a pound at a time and keeping it in the fridge to munch on when I get cravings, or just feel hungry between meals.

I’m also doing a lot of water with electrolytes, and have started moderate resistance training again. Working out and hydrating seem to help with the cravings also.

I’ve dubbed my new program “Three months of bacon, water, and weights.” Of course, I intend to do this a lot longer than three months (and obviously I’m eating more than bacon), but I want to just commit to three months right now and see where that takes me.

I’m glad you are all here, and welcome any thoughts you have!

(Robin) #2

So glad you are here! You know what to do and sharing here will help with resolve and motivation. You are certainly not the first to lose your way and then return, all the wiser.
You got this

(Laurie) #3

I can certainly relate. Carb. Addict. Evening. Cravings. Gained it all back.

Great that you’ve made those good decisions for yourself. Welcome back!


Thanks so much!




Sounds good. Experienced practitioner back from a learning experience. And you know the cravings are cravings, and that they will subside, then fade, then be forgotten as health-giving nutrition takes over.


Welcome back. Bacon was also my go to for survival. I can credit bacon with truly helping me get thru transition and ‘stay on plan’ later down the road. I am 5 yrs in, heading into year 6 now and I still got some hard days but overall life is wonderful on plan so you hang in there!! wishing you the best!!


The good thing is the craving are not all the time - just in the evenings. So I need to remind myself how short lived they are. But they are powerful!


Thank you! I love your posts. And thanks for the vote of confidence re bacon! I suspect I will be cooking a lot of it.


oven is a good way to do it, but I still prefer just pan fry. You could try oven and see if it suits you. I fry up so many, eat them while I fry the next batch LOL Bacon is inhaled quick around me HA

See I also forget the oven. I put something in there then walk away and later think…omg I got whatever in the oven…and go racing back and sometimes I make it, sometimes I don’t save it.

I remember I put like 20 big old chick wings in the oven and then down to the barn I went. like 5 hrs later up I came and they were incinerated right into the metal baking pan. Lucky I didn’t burn down the house truly on that one :slight_smile: Pan and all hit the garbage and worst on it all I was irked I had no wings to eat!

(Marianne) #11

I think many of us here consider ourselves bona fide carb and sweets addicts. I do for sure. Not a doubt in my mind. It’s only taken over 60 years to finally surrender to that. Now, I don’t entertain even one bite of the foods that used to trigger me. That’s all it would take to go off the rails.

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But I am still getting the cravings every evening. So far the best treatment I’ve found is BACON![/quote]

Cravings can be maddening, but the longer you eat zc/clean keto (one ingredient foods, even if you put them together), the sooner they will go away and pretty much stay away. Now, whenever I think of former binge foods, it’s just a passing thought. It doesn’t trigger any compulsion or craving to consume those things. And yes, I have found that bacon is a secret weapon. It’s so fatty, comforting and satisfying that it really does a lot to bring me back to a manageable state of mind. Make sure you are eating to satiety and don’t get caught in the calorie trap.

Sounds to me like you got this! :wink:


But ovens usually have a timer… I really enjoy that function :wink:

I imagine pan frying a lot of bacon would take way too long and I definitely wouldn’t want to stay there all the time either.

I haven’t the vaguest idea, more like it doesn’t matter much to me, don’t think about it and it’s mixed anyway. I NEED my desserts but it’s fine. I like sweets but it’s fine without them (for a while. I don’t do sweetsless months :slight_smile: I probably could but why would I do that? except this winter to break my personal record on carnivore).
I just know I definitely am no sugar addict as cutting out sugar was super easy and never missed it since. And I can’t be a carb addict as my body prefers extreme-low carb and I don’t even have such cravings near carnivore.
But various textures, desserts and maybe even some sweets? They have some serious pull. Sweets have the tiniest, they are merely good for variety. But I am better and better with sweets-like desserts without much sweetness.

My main craving is for pork, that’s clear. And yes, the evenings (more like midnight for me) are the worst and I totally fail most of the time…

Bacon sounds a good ally for people who like it :slight_smile: My version is fried fatty pork, vaguely similar but not the same :wink: But I shouldn’t snack on it at midnight so I do my best to be very satiated in the evenings and at early night so I am safe. I can’t get tempted when I have perfect satiation in the end of a very meaty day :slight_smile: So I just need to eat properly during the day.
One of the best benefits of carnivore for me that I lose my desire towards most things (sometimes it’s true for carni food too, not ideal but it can’t keep me from eating a lot so fine if it doesn’t happen too often) :slight_smile: But I should keep myself satiated and somewhat satisfied or I WILL eat something I probably shouldn’t (or too much of some good food. or at least at the wrong time but if I eat too late, especially a bunch of fatty meat, that usually wastefully, unnecessarily and slightly uncomfortably too much food).