How Can I Stop Compulsively Eating?
I’ve found that those who are overweight have a lot of willpower, these individuals can go without eating, no problem; it’s just when they start eating, or put into an area that’s conducive to eating, it gets out of hand.
Intermittent fasting is what helped me push this avalanche of food consumption to much later part of the day. I can only eat so much at one time, no matter how hungry I get, and this usually only happens after eating carbohydrates.
Fasting is usually never a big deal for people, if they start out right and don’t over do it. It’s just, the compulsive eating disorder, which is real, takes over. I completely understand, and I still live with it.
I know the “perfect day” for weight loss based on my previous day/week/month for my goals, but guess what? I love pizza and hamburgers with crispy fries. I know myself, if there’s something delicious in the house, it’s 50/50 it will survive the night.
I have a way of pushing things, and never wanted to restrict myself. However, guaranteed damn near every three weeks, I have this spurt where my body naturally doesn’t like to eat much. I found this through the study of my notes; taking notes when I had irregular cravings or vise verse. Believe it or not, it works! I have a rough map of my metabolism. On the weekends I usually have no chance; so no need to fight it, ride with it. Makes sense, I’ve always eaten more on weekends throughout childhood as there was no school.
Take notes of odd days, when you’re feeling overly hungry/tired, and days where it’s just the opposite; this information will be invaluable later on. Make sure to list what you did that day and the previous day to get a more detailed map.
Also, the mindsets are just wrong; one cookie doesn’t need to be the box!
Just because you eat one “bad” food item, doesn’t mean it’s over!
A client of mine, she said: “Once I eat one treat or bad snack, I feel like I’ve lost, and that the whole day’s ruined. I get mad at myself and then depressed. Without realizing it, I would eat the whole box; then it would be a vicious cycle of overeating and depression. It’s like, once I start, I can’t stop!”
Little things can help; on top of living a healthy lifestyle, and say you’re following one of my basic plans or at least practice intermittent fasting, these tips can help combat overeating:
- After the first meal of the day, plan an activity for directly after, get out of the house, or in a different room from the refrigerator.
- Buy cheat day foods on cheat day, not the day/week/month before!
- Purchase/prepare your post workout meal either directly before or after the workout.
- One cookie doesn’t have to be the whole box! Realize it’s OK to slip up sometimes and not to let this depress you into overeating. The next day can always change strategically to take advantage of the previous day’s habit; there is no such thing as a bad day, only a bad way! The “bad” day can be used tomorrow as the right way. We all gain our willpower, and usually, after a “collapse” we can pick up our level of determination that the following day.
- Don’t eat standing up, sit down and eat an excellent dish. Don’t have your meal in front of the TV, really make an effort to enjoy every bit. Most people eat out of habit, and eat quickly, watching a show or walking around you can eat the meal and never even enjoy it! Realize if you feel like eating after this, it’s not hunger, it’s habit!
If anyone has any tips or eating hacks they would like to share; please post them in the comments below!