Binge eating is a serious matter.
Unlike what many seem to think, binge eating is not about eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and being bloated for the next few hours. Binge Eating is about eating thousands of calories, in one sitting, to the point of being sick. Binge eating affects the binge eater both physically and emotionally, which can lead to health and mental problems in the future.
There are many reasons why someone might resort to binge eating, from stress to emotional distress.
The truth is, when you binge, you just can’t stop. There’s something inside your head pushing you to raid the content in the fridge. It’s like an evil challenge with yourself. Binge eating can cause someone to eat anywhere between 10,000 to 20,000 calories of food in one sitting, in turn creating an imbalance in the body.
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Most of the calories inhaled during binge eating come from unhealthy and refined sugars, in turn adding even more toxins in the body. The problem is, our bodies can’t handle that many calories and refined chemicals. Having one Oreo won’t kill you, but eating a whole box of Oreos plus some other refined carbohydrates might cause damage.
Binge eating can not only lead to weight gain, due to excess calorie intake, but it can also lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and insulin spikes. If insulin spikes are done strategically, there’s no danger to them, but if continuous and major, as a result of binge eating, it can lead to Type II Diabetes. Heart disease can also follow binge eating as a result of high levels of triglyceride in the body.
I repeat: our bodies are not made to endure massive food intake in a short amount of time. For those of you following the intermittent fasting approach, don’t get your panties in a bunch, I’m not talking about a few thousands of calories in one sitting, I’m talking about tens of thousands of calories in a short period of time and with loss of control.
No More Binge Eating
Sometimes, the urge to eat everything in the kitchen is stronger than ever, especially when you have PMS cravings. Although every inch in your body might be pushing you to raid the fridge, don’t!
The urge to binge is exactly that – an urge. All you have to do is busy yourself until the urge goes away on its own. Here are a few things you can do until your need to eat the whole box of cookies goes away:
– Go for a walk/run
– Paint your nails (boys, you can do that too and just take it off after if you don’t like the color)
– Bake something
– Clean the house
– Drink loads of water
– Eat a healthy meal
Do anything that makes you busy enough to stop thinking about food.
“But baking requires food.”
Yes, but that’s up to you, really. Personally, I don’t like snacking while I’m baking food because I know that it’ll turn into a binge, so I control myself. After I finish cooking, the urge to binge usually just goes away. But, I’ve lived with my binging habits for (too) many years, so I’ve learned to control it. If you’re just starting to binge and can’t control yourself around food, stay as far away from food as you can. If you’re out with friends and don’t feel comfortable telling someone about your urge to binge, drink water and start a conversation with people around you to get your mind off of food.
I Binged, Now What?
Binging is not the end of the world. If it’s the first time you binged, just move on and start fresh tomorrow. Don’t even worry about it. Remember that it take 3,500 calories EXTRA, i.e. on top of your daily calorie intake, to gain one pound of fat.
One binge will not break your progress. Multiple binges will hinder with your progress. So make sure you control yourself the next time. Be tough on yourself! You know how binging can affect not just your weight, but also your health, so why would you hurt yourself like that?
The most important thing to remember when it comes to binge eating is that you’re in control. If you remember that you’re in control of you body and mind, you will be able to fight the binge urges and continue your fitness journey without dangerous bumps.
If you ever need an ear to listen, shoot me a line. I’ve been through my share of fights with binge eating, so I know how hard it can be sometimes. I can’t officially give you advice [these guys can] but I can be a friend and listen.
Did you ever struggle with binge eating? How did you overcome it?