How do I resist temptation...weight gain while baking

Decorating By Babster Updated 20 Nov 2013 , 9:58pm by miniflowercake

Babster Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 2:41am
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I'm just curious, how do you all resist temptation while baking?  I've had a 10lb weight gain in the year since I started baking...I need to resolve this issue and was just wondering if you all would share your secrets.

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SnLSweetEscapes Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 2:48am
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Ugh, wish I had advice.  I have gained about 25 pounds since starting my bakery.

howsweet Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 2:52am
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You're not sick of smelling, icing and just seeing cake? The last thing I want to eat is cake. And certainly not icing. I hate getting it on me - ick. I mostly make the same 4 flavors - maybe that's the trick. When I make something different, it's more tempting. But I can't remember the last time I had more than 2 bites of a cupcake.

SnLSweetEscapes Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 3:02am
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Unfortunately no, haha!  It's not the cupcakes, its when I make cookies or cake balls.  The difference with me is that I am special order.  I think if I had a store front it would be different.  I'm not baking everyday.  So when I do, I wanna make sue that it tastes good :)

Pastrybaglady Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 3:07am
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I met this woman in the summer and someone told her I bake.  She said, "Oh, that explains your figure!"  :-o


Uh, okay...

liz at sugar Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 3:08am
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Yes, the key is making it all the time - then you never want it anymore.  I'm sorry I can't be of more help.  I just try to lose a few pounds at a time, and then do my best to keep it off/under control.  Move on from there.



Norasmom Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 3:19am
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I am sick of it as well…but sugar cookie dough gets me every time!!  

I exercise extensively, it helps.


Also, when I have a big cake project I am on my feet all day decorating and moving around like crazy doing dishes, it burns a lot of calories.


I am still not quite at my ideal weight but am able to stay on track.


Make too much and you too will be sick of the stuff!

MimiFix Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 4:01am
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Wear tight pants. It reminds you to not eat.

Apti Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 4:13am
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Heartburn...... that helps.   REALLY BAD heartburn.

mcaulir Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 4:13am
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No matter how many times I make the same chocolate cake, I still want to lick the bowl and eat the scraps.


I chew gum at the moment when I'm baking/decorating - spearmint gum.


Or suck a lollipop if you can make one last a long time - it's sweet, but doesn't have nearly as many calories as all the cake I can eat.


If you're eating trial recipes, eat one slice/cupcake as a replacement for something else you would normally eat, and give the rest away, or throw it in the freezer to take to a morning tea or something later.


Buy a coloured container that the rest of your family can eat from, but you're not allowed to.


Take a photo of yourself from behind and put it in your kitchen. I can ignore fat photos of me from the front, but from behind - phew!

-K8memphis Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 5:16pm
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i have a blog with recipes for the 'diet conscious'--i have to have something crunchy and something sweet--and i have a list of my own personal diet tips that work for me--it's at and i've lost over 40 pounds


"small batch baking and crunchy chip ideas for the weight conscious ~~ keeping the joie in joie de vivre... one bite at at time ;)"


so there's that...


plus i am insulin resistant -- if i eat more than 100 calories of sugar per diem my body stores the calories i eat rather than burning it off--i keep it way under 100 calories including fresh fruit -- works like crazy


no cake for me!

AnnieCahill Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 5:33pm
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When I'm done with a cake I don't want to see it, smell it, touch it, or taste it.  I have recently gone low carb/Paleo-ish and I've lost 14 lbs in the last week and a half.  No soda, no sweets, no Chic-fil-a biscuits in the morning (sniff, sniff).  I was a heavy Dr. Pepper abuser.  You could always brush your teeth before you start baking.  That might be a good deterrent. 

Paperfishies Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 6:50pm
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I gained 28 pounds in the 18 months I was playing around with recipes, lol.


I don't bake cakes that sit around the house.  If I'm testing something, I taste it, save some for my husband and kids to try and give the rest away.  If I make a cake for say, my husband or one of my kids birthdays, I keep it in the house for no more than 2 days, after that I throw it away or take it to my moms.  If it's not there, I won't eat it.


If I have cake scraps left over that I don't need for cake balls, I immediately toss them in the trash.

-K8memphis Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 8:21pm
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i think that every time i eat i have a chance to influence my health for the better  --like i changed potato chips for kale chips--that i make myself so i can control the whole thing-- or for worse-- (like diet coke--i am weak ;) it's my wicked treat--shoot me--


why medical doctors are not strong proponents of food related therapies baffles me--


but all that to say--i use stevia in my coffee now--yay, k8t! i started using truvia because i felt it was better than splenda--and it eventually helped me bridge into stevia--


now i have a sugar/stevia blend for baking too--


plus i like to use more fruits in things--like ground raisins in exchange for some of the stevia/sugar blend (sweet leaf brand)


truvia packets have a teensy bit of stevia and is mostly erythritol a sugar alcohol which i have read is not good for the body--


and then the baking blend truvia has erythritol, then sugar then stevia--i think they have one stevia plant at the truvia factory and they pluck one leaf and pass it over the vats of truvia :lol:


but  both the truvia and the stevia baking blends have sugar so things bake better--so long as it's in moderation i'm cool with that--and the Sweet Leaf brand Sugar Leaf sugar/stevia blend usage ratio is 1 cup sugar is equal to 1/3 cup sugar leaf--so you use much less for the same sweetening power--cool--


AND when i was making my kids' wedding cake in september i could not stand the taste of cake--way too sweet!

not that i couldn't fall off the wagon easy peasy but having recipes for safe sweets and crunchy chips puts a great buffer in there for me that's working--

milkmaid42 Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 9:43pm
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AnnieCahill said it for me….I brush my teeth a lot when I'm baking. There's nothing like a fresh minty mouth to take away the desire.  :razz:



Psyched baker Posted 20 Nov 2013 , 12:19pm
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AThere has already been a lot of great advice. I exercise 5 to 6 days a week and that really helps (I do 2 days of weight lifting to maintain muscle which burns more calories). I also tend to freeze or give away any leftovers. If you are trying to promote your business you can take leftovers from successful trials to local businesses (given that they are presentable or make cake pops if they aren't).

I do not lick, bite or taste anything if I am doing my standard recipes. I follow the recipes carefully so there is no need. I find that if I don't get started it is much easier. When doing something new that requires tasting, I usually make sure I eat a very balanced breakfast and allow the tasting to be my lunch. If there is something that I really just want to eat, I freeze it until the weekend when I will allow myself an indulgence. I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers so this has been an ongoing struggle but will have stayed at or below my goal weight for about 4 years now exclusive of when I was pregnant with my second son.

Brushing teeth, chewing gum and having something to eat before you get to work are all great ideas.

miniflowercake Posted 20 Nov 2013 , 9:58pm
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   Leftover birthday cake is sitting on the counter and it's been tempting me ALL day! I have a feeling it isn't going to be sitting on the counter much longer... it needs to be thrown away so I don't eat any. :lol:


   Too much cake is just plain gross though. Nowadays I can't finish the frosting - way too sweet for me.

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