3 Good Ways to End Binge Eating
By Genevieve Cunningham
We live in a world full of binges of all kinds. We binge on Netflix. We binge on online shopping. And unfortunately, we binge on food. While an occasional binge on your guilty pleasure of choice probably isn’t the worst thing in the world, an overabundance of binge eating can actually lead to a physical decline in health. Ready to stop for good? If you would like to get a handle on your binge eating habits, take a look at these tips to help you get moving in the right direction.
Make Sure Your Body is Nutritionally Sound
When our bodies are lacking in key nutrients, it’s incredibly easy to overeat. Why? Because our brain and body are both telling us that something is missing. And so we eat and eat and eat trying to find the missing component. If you want to cut back on overeating, try to balance your diet as much as possible. Fill it with as many good foods as possible to try to close any nutritional gaps. You may find that as your body is given the appropriate nutrients, the desire to overeat and that constant craving dissipates completely.
Don't Completely Deprive Yourself
Deprivation rarely works. If you’re trying to stop binge eating, stop depriving yourself so much. Instead of staying completely away from chocolate, give yourself a small bite after dinner. Instead of completely avoiding potato chips, have one serving at one lunch per week. It’s not about completel denial. It’s about balance. If you can balance your guilty pleasures with the good food, you’re much more likely to avoid the binge.
Don't Buy Easy Snack Foods
Sometimes we binge out of boredom. If this is you, just take away this opportunity. Don’t buy easily accessible snacks. Don’t buy the sweetened goodies. Stock your refrigerator with fresh fruits and veggies instead. Taking this approach will ensure that, even when the desire to binge arises, you’ll only have good food available.
Binge eating is a really tough habit to break. It's so satisfying -- especially mentally and emotionally. But physically? It's definitely not good for overall health or the process of weight loss. Use these tips to break the cycle of binge eating and you may find your weight finally drop and your health improve like never before.
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