Binge eating disorder is characterized by compulsive overeating in which people consume huge amounts of food while feeling out of control and powerless to stop. After binging most people try to restrain themselves by going on an extreme diet or not eating anything at all. This can lead to a vicious closed circle and overwhelming stress. To solve a problem you first need to understand it and track down what’s causing it.
1. Stress This could happen to anyone. You might have been a healthy eater with no weight problems for a long time, but then there was a change in your life such as a new job, problems in a relationship, health problems in your family or anything else that might have made you feel worried, stressed out and anxious for long periods of time. Some people tend to deal with problems in their life by eating because food works well as a sedative. Once you get so full that it hurts, it makes you feel calm, sleepy and temporarily relaxed.
2. Lack of sleep Tiredness can often be mistaken for hunger. You get mixed signals from your brain, which is telling you that it’s tired and needs to reboot. Those signals are very similar to the ones we encounter when we have no energy because of hunger, that’s why you should never eat before going to bed. If you feel like you haven’t had enough sleep at night and start feeling tired in the afternoon, then there’s not much you can do, except for trying to take something that would give you an energy boost, like a sugar free energy drink. Sour fruit juices such as grapefruit, lemon or orange help as well, but they have to be squeezed straight from the fruit. Juices from a carton are nothing but sugar bombs.
3. Striving for perfection After binging once, it feels like you’ve already spoiled everything, so what’s your motivation to stop? You’ve already ruined all your hard work so why not just keep eating, right? There’s no half way to dieting. It’s the all or nothing mentality that doesn’t allow you to stop on time. I have to tell you, but I myself don’t eat that healthy from time to time. There are days when I just feel like eating whatever I can find and days when I overeat so much that it hurts and I still feel hungry. This is completely normal for any person because we are not robots and can’t eat like some fitness freaks all month long. My point is that there is no reason to feel like you’re a failure, everything is ruined and you’re just disgusting. Thinking in such a way will only lead to stress, which will make you eat a lot more in the end than if you would have just let it go and accepted it as a normal part of life. Also, the worst thing you can do is try to starve yourself the next day or go on some fancy name diet. When you quit eating in attempt to lose weight, you become a ticking time bomb, which will soon suck everything around into its black hole.
4. Boredom It’s raining outside, you’re alone at home with nobody to talk to and just yesterday your mom filled the fridge with all kinds of snacks and tasty treats. This is just one of the possible scenarios that may lead to eating out of boredom. If that sounds like something you would do, then you need to think of a plan B to go to instead. Do anything to get your mind off of food, like playing video games, read a book, go play with your kids, pull up videos on YouTube and do some exercises at home. In such situations the best option is always to go outside. Try bike riding, meeting up with somebody or just going on a long walk. Once you get out the door you will instantly feel relieved because snacking will no longer be on your mind.