How to Stop Binge Eating and Why It Happens

Binge eating is very common. I used to binge eat for many years. No one ever believes me when I say this, but this is the reason why I got into nutrition.

It was to help myself and then, in turn, help other people. The reason we binge eat a lot of the time is that there are deficiencies within the body. Yes, there is some emotional attachment to the reason why we do binge eat. But, most of the time there are deficiencies which make us reach out for certain types of foods.
How to Stop Binge Eating

Why I Don’t Believe in Dieting

This is why I don’t believe in dieting. It’s because as soon as you start dieting, you’re telling yourself, “I cannot have these foods.” This is how people start binge eating. I need to eat. The big joke with a lot of my clients is we always joke about having chicken, asparagus, and rice. Those things are not sustainable. By knowing this, you could stop binge eating before you start.

My goal for people is I want to give you guys something that is sustainable in a way that changes your life. I don’t want to recommend a diet that you do for 12 weeks. It doesn’t work because we end up going into the pantry and eating all the kids’ snacks like I used to do.

There’s a way to have a balance where you can still enjoy your food. You can have foods in your diet that you still like but pick healthier choices. It’s also important to remember to not deprive yourself. I’m telling you this right now: if you deprive yourself, you’re going to keep the vicious cycle of binge eating. You could be good for a little while and then you binge again and go for a little while.

Stop Binge Eating by Not Dieting

So the one thing that I would recommend is don’t diet. Develop a sensible eating habit. Practice mindful eating which is talking to yourself. Am I hungry, am I stressed, am I sad, am I tired? There are reasons why we’re doing these types of behaviors, okay? That would be my first thing.

The second thing is, don’t deprive yourself. I want to stress this point again because that’s going to set you up to fail. That’s the hardest thing. It sets you up for a yo-yo diet back and forth. Don’t look at a way of eating as this is for a short amount of time. So that’s my advice on dieting. That’s why I’m so strong about saying don’t diet. Eat healthily, be mindful of why you’re eating and what types of foods you’re eating.

Jen Fisher

Jen Fisher

Jen is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) and NESTA certified personal trainer. Her goal is to help others love themselves. She believes the story we tell ourselves in our minds holds us back. For example, for many years she told herself she wasn’t smart enough to make it through school to be a nutritionist. She thought she couldn't do a fitness competition because she had kids (and no time). Our minds are powerful and Jen wants to help everyone break through that roadblock to achieve their personal health and fitness goals.

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