Last Updated on February 15, 2019
Before I say anything else, I must say THANK YOU. I just saw that I’ve hit
39000+ 108,000 subscribers on YouTube. I am so deeply appreciative of your support, your kindness and willingness to learn from me – a former fat girl – on a mission to help you become Happy, Healthy and more Fit.
It still blows my mind because once upon a time, I was the WORST binge eater… I was overweight and felt hopeless and broken. I knew overeating was wrong…
I felt ashamed. “I knew better” but I felt possessed, like someone would take over my body and force me to eat (and eat and eat) until I was stuffed, feeling sick and disgusted.
‘I failed again’ ‘WTF is wrong with me?” “I’ll never lose weight” was the inner dialog that would replay in my head post-binge… Then I’d vow that I’d never do it again… that next time I’d be stronger, and I’d promise myself I wouldn’t binge.
Sometimes I’d be able to stay strong but the binging would always resurface. This cycle of binge-eating and self-loathing would repeat – over and over again. I lived like this for many years.
If you’re struggling with binge eating, I want you to know that you are not alone, you are not doomed, and it’s 100% possible to stop binging and regain control. That’s what today’s episode of CCtv is all about, How to Stop Binge Eating.
In it, I share the exact same 3-step process I used to break my binge eating disorder. Have a watch to learn what I believe is the absolute best way How to Stop Binge Eating.
Binge eating is a big problem for a lot of people struggling to lose weight. But before I get into how to break this bad habit I want to make sure you know what binge eating is and how to tell if you have it.
What is Binge eating?
Binge-eating is a serious eating disorder in which you frequently feel compelled to consume unusually large amounts of food and feel unable to stop eating.
Almost everyone overeats or cheats on their diet on occasion… it’s 100% normal to have seconds or thirds during a special occasion like the holidays or a vacation. But for some people, excessive overeating that feels out of control… that eventually becomes a regular occurrence crosses the line to binge-eating disorder.
When you have binge-eating disorder, you may be embarrassed about overeating and vow to stop. But you feel such a compulsion that you can’t resist the urges and continue binge eating. Most people with binge-eating disorder are overweight or obese. But, it’s 100% possible to be a binge-eater and be a “normal” weight.
Unlike a person with bulimia, after a binge, you don’t compensate for extra calories eaten by vomiting, using laxatives or exercising excessively. You may even try to diet or eat normal meals. But restricting your diet may simply lead to more binge eating.
How to Tell if You Have Binge Eating Disorder?
Behavioral and emotional signs and symptoms of binge-eating disorder include:
- Eating unusually large amounts of food in a specific amount of time, such as over a 2-hour period
- Feeling that your eating behavior is out of control
- Eating even when you’re full or not hungry
- Eating rapidly during binge episodes
- Eating until you’re uncomfortably full
- Frequently eating alone or in secret
- Feeling depressed, disgusted, ashamed, guilty or upset about your eating
- Frequently dieting, possibly without weight loss
People with binge eating disorder struggle with feelings of guilt, disgust, and depression. They worry about what the compulsive eating will do to their bodies and beat themselves up for their lack of self-control. They desperately want to stop binge eating, but feel like they can’t.
Binge eating may be comforting for a brief moment, but then reality sets back in, along with regret and self-loathing. Binge eating often leads to weight gain and obesity, which only reinforces compulsive eating.
The worse a binge eater feels about themselves and their appearance, the more they use food to cope. It becomes a vicious cycle: eating to feel better, feeling even worse, and then turning back to food for relief. The binge-eating cycle is very addictive, too.
How to Stop Binge Eating
If you struggle with binge eating it’s completely possible to stop. The video has tips for you.
After years of suffering, it’s honestly the only way I was able to overcome my binge eating disorder (finally!) and lose my weight.
Do you know someone who is struggling with binge eating? If so, forward them this post and let them know they’re not alone.
- If you’d like to know more about how food addiction/binging starts, click here.
- If you need help losing weight gained from a food addiction, check out this post.
- If you’re ready for a program to help you lose weight and stop emotional eating, check out Mind Right, Body Tight®.
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PS. This post is full of general tips. If you’re really struggling with binge eating, cravings, or food addiction try my Reset Cleanse.
Here’s a screenshot from Mike, a self-admitted binge eater, just a few days into my Reset Cleanse.
Christina is a certified Holistic Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, & Holistic Fitness & Health Coach. After healing multiple personal health issues, getting off 7 meds, & losing 40 pounds, Christina teaches others how to get Happy, Healthy, & Fit quickly with the most delicious food and least intense workouts.