How to stop binge eating
In this post we’re going to address how to stop binge eating for those who restrict their calorie intake too much.
If you’ve ever found yourself in a consistent cycle of restrictive diets followed by an uncontrollable binge, you should know that you’re not alone.
Firstly, it’s important to understand the difference between binging and ‘having a splurge’.
We all enjoy overindulging in a takeaway and topping that off with cookies, ice cream or something equally calorific. That kind of splurge is normal, and will do no harm if it’s infrequent.
Also, the binge starve cycle isn’t the same as the binge purge cycle. Binging and purging is a serious medical condition and should be treated as such.
What this post is talking about, is the cycle many find themselves in after following yet another failed diet plan.
If you find yourself frequently going on strict diets, only to last a few days, before giving up and going on a two day binge, and then find yourself vowing to get ‘back on plan’ the following day; this post is for you.
This cycle isn’t helpful, and the sooner you overcome it, the better.
You may find yourself feeling guilty, like you have no will power and that you’re not in control. Chances are, this has nothing to do with willpower and everything to do with the choices you made.
The ‘diets’ you are going on are too extreme. You should aim to make slow and steady changes to your diet, in order to gradually transition into a sustainable healthy eating plan.
Don’t try to do everything at once, start by just cutting back and gradually introducing healthier options. Over time it will come naturally and then you can introduce even more healthier alternatives.
It’s not a race, it’s a lifestyle.
Need help figuring out how much you should be eating?
Hey, I get it, the diet industry has us all confused.
It can be difficult to know the difference between a healthy balanced meal vs one that’s too large or too small.
Figuring this out is fundamental, and generally how to stop binge eating.
When you are aware of how much YOUR body needs (not your family/friends/woman on instagram, this is about YOU and what YOUR body needs to be satisfied), you can start to put together a long term healthy meal plan.
Work out how many calories your body needs
Once you know how many calories your body needs, you can plan your daily food choices around that.
By using this approach, you will better understand what is too much or too little food.
The great thing about the calculator linked above, is that it will also work out your numbers based on your goals. For example; weight loss, or weight gain.
You don’t have to calorie/macro count forever, but definitely apply yourself to it for a minimum of 12 weeks. After that you should find yourself naturally making better choices because you will be more informed.
No more drastic cuts!
Extreme calorie deficits are a recipe for failure.
Long term balanced and well managed eating habits are a recipe for success.
This is how to stop binge eating for people who binge in and out of restrictive diets.