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I think the best answer probably depends on your temperament, but I tend to do best with absolutes. So for me, what worked best was to simply draw a hard line: no sweets and no snacks. Three meals a day, period. Pressure valve on the weekends when rules were temporarily suspended.
At first this was so hard. All the time, I was thinking about snacks. But after a week or so, I got in the rhythm of it, and it started to feel like a *relief* not to have to make food choices all day long. All I had to do was prepare three healthful meals for myself (no special rules about those, except to limit them to one plate's worth). I actually started to feel blissfully released from the tyranny of my cravings. If I had one, I acknowledged it, but didn't act on it.
It also became really fun to plan for the weekend, perhaps baking cookies or going out for ice cream. I started to appreciate sweets SO much more.
Anyway, this is what worked for me. It was hard at first, but I adjusted, and ended up feeling SO MUCH BETTER after the inital adjustment period. I also lost a boatload of excess weight, and then stabilized at a nice, trim, fit version of myself (one size smaller than my standard, pre-babies size). It has been life-changing.
Good luck in finding a solution that works for you!
Bold mama to Georgia and Penelope.