There is a very fine line between treating yourself and binging. Don't get me wrong, if you are consistent with your training and nutrition, having a meal off plan or a little treat here and there is not a bad thing and can actually be very beneficial to keep us motivated and on track. The issue is when this one 'treat' meal turns into multiple, or goes on for days and even weeks. This loss of control needs to be identified and dealt with before it escalates and you end up stuck in a vicious cycle of yo-yoing.
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a very common issue that needs to be identified and dealt with. BED is characterised by regularly overeating or consuming a large amount of food to the point of pain or discomfort. It is accompanied with a feeling of loss of control followed by guilt or embarrassment.
We all have moments of weakness or occasions when we consume a little bit too much food. It needs to be addressed if it happens regularly and is accompanied with negative emotions and an unhealthy relationship with food. Some common symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder are:
- Continuing to eat even when full
- Loss of control or inability to stop eating
- Eating normally in the presence of others but binging when alone
- Never experiencing satiety no matter how much food is consumed
- Eating at a much faster rate
- Negative feelings associated with binging such as embarrassment, shame, depression and guilt
If you feel as though the above applies to you or you have experienced a binge eating episode you should seek medical attention. Binge Eating Disorder is a condition that requires proper diagnosis and medical treatment. It is so important you are open and honest about your emotion's so you can work with a professional to overcome them. The more information the doctor has the better their understanding will be of your circumstances and they will be able to help you. The emotional triggers that have led to the binging will need to be identified so healthier coping mechanisms can be put in place.
The good news is- it is completely treatable! It's time to love yourself and work to take control back. Your fitness journey starts when you decide it does! Remember you are not alone and no goal is out of reach.
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