Were all guilty of saying ‘I’ll be good today and just have a salad, avoiding all the sugary junk foods’. Or even ‘I’ve been so bad today, I’ll have to work extra hard to burn this off at the gym’, sound familiar?, it’s time to stop binge eating for good.
As someone who has a very keen interest in health and nutrition I often get asked what I think such and such a diet, my answer is always the same, diets do not promote healthy lifestyle changes that will last long term.
Unlike small changes you can sustain for long periods of time, diets are very restrictive and have a short life span. Some people actually find a decent level of success on these fad diet plans, most of the initial miracle weight loss is just water weight that will come straight back as soon as you give up the diet or have a cheat day.
One of the biggest problems with this is that people not only gain back all of there lost weight but find some new pounds along with it too. Usually the person gets so fed up with there restrictive lifestyle that they give up and go on a binge fueled week, which can even be done on seemingly healthy foods.
If your reading this then chances are that you have experienced this binge eating first hand and have many questions:
‘Is binging ever ok?’
‘Is it better to eat well Monday to Friday and then eat anything I want on a weekend?’
‘Will I ever strike a good balance between a healthy lifestyle and eating the foods I want?’
‘What is ‘Intuitive eating’ and how do i do it?’
Instead of defining what is or isn’t ‘normal’ let us focus on how to stop binging altogether.
Basically it is an uncontrolled ingestion of a large quantity of food within a short space of time, often not feeling in control.
We have all done it, especially around a special event or occasion, so when does the occasional indulgence delve into binge eating?
It’s not always easy to identify but if your days are mostly filled with overeating and guilt and if the thoughts of good or bad food are constantly on your mind then maybe it is time to take a step back and take stock of the situation.
It’s usually the same sort of mistakes that people make time and again, there good all week long, avoiding temptations, treats and sweets, then they decide to treat themselves on a weekend with a just a couple of spoonfuls of ice cream, which soon turns into an entire tub.
Instead of having the whole thing in one go, why not have small servings throughout the week, that way your body can digest it much more easily and you will not be binging.
There are of a course a few little tricks you can implement yourself quite easily by following this simple guide below:
Don’t deprive yourself, the odd treat is good for you, just don’t go crazy with it, enjoy little pleasures during the week.
Let’s set the scenario, you’ve had a rough week and binged quite a lot and not sure what to do, here is a little list to help you out:
The goal here is to have balance, a good healthy lifestyle is not defined by one good meal, it is your choices over a long period of time that determine how good that balance will be.
Hopefully now you will be able to formulate a decent plan to help stop future binge eating, please feel free to comment below with comments about this or similar subjects.
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