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Why do I binge eat?

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.

How to soothe the savage hunger

Being on a diet or trying to change eating habits is never an easy task. Sometimes hunger likes to strike when you least expect it. This article will tell you how to overcome those moments of weakness by replacing food with other alternatives, when all you need is a little boost to hold you until the next meal.

Drink water. When you feel really hungry, drink two tall glasses of cold water before eating. People often confuse the feeling of being hungry with thirst. Sometimes after drinking water you might not even feel hungry anymore. Even if you still feel hungry, you would more likely eat a lot less after drinking water. You’ll look younger when your skin is properly hydrated. Water helps to replenish skin tissues, moisturizes skin and increases skin elasticity, reduces the risks of bladder cancer and colon cancer. Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins. If your body lacks water, your heart and the rest of the organs need to work harder to pump out the oxygenated blood to all cells. Your organs feel exhausted and so do you.

Drink tea. Not only is tea calorie free, but also it is full of antioxidants, which help to prevent all kinds of diseases. It also boost your metabolism, although don’t expect to see results just from drinking it. Green tea has a lot less caffeine than coffee, that’s why it’s safe to drink for people with high blood pressure. It is also very relaxing after a stressful day. You should make drinking tea one of your new healthy habits. Experiment a little and find the flavor and type you enjoy the most. My favorites are jasmine and peppermint. Try to get it at a teashop where it’s sold by weight, because it’s more natural, than buying it at a supermarket in tea bags.

Drink coffee. Just like tea, coffee has a lot of antioxidants, which help prevent or fight diseases. It also has caffeine, which activates happiness hormones and will give you that uplifting feeling. I wouldn’t recommend drinking more than one cup a day, because overdose of caffeine can lead to increased blood pressure, insomnia and anxiety.