Binge eating recovery might seem hard or even impossible espeically if you’ve tried and failed in the past. Many binge eaters spend years trying to recover and only make little or no progress. The following 5 tips are going to save you years of trial and error when trying to stop binge eating. I know you’ve got your doubts. I bet you’ve even tried many countless diets and weight loss programs and still can’t stop binge eating. How do I know all this?
Well I’m a former binge eater myself. In fact I’ve dealt with the disorder for several years. I even went to months of therapy. I also read every book I could find on the topic because I was so desperate for a solution. Anyways enough about me, here is the 5 tips I promised:
- Learn about emotional eating. Often when we eat we are not eating to satisfy physical hunger. Rather we are eating to sooth or deal with tough emotions. Ever had a stressful day at work or school, got home and before you knew it you found yourself binging on a bag of potato chips or a gallon of ice cream?
- Identify your emotional eating triggers. Triggers are the circumstances or events that might cause stress which often leads to binge eating.
- Do not cut calories. Most binge eaters are constantly trying to lose weight. While low calorie diets are really popular today, they simply do not work for binge eaters. In fact they do more harm than good. When you cut calories your hunger will slowly build up. It might take a few hours or a few days until you feel starving which often leads to a binge eating episode where you are eating everything in sight until your stomach is aching.
- Lose weight by exercising. After reading tip number 3 you’re probably wondering “but if i can’t cut calories how do I stay fit or lose weight?’. You can easily do it by exercising. The simple formula is you eat as much as your body needs and create a caloric deficit by exercising which burns calories.
- Be patient. Binge eating recovery is often a life long pursuit and cannot be accomplished in a few days. Keep learning. Keep working on improving your diet, and exercise regularly.