Sunday, October 7, 2012

Binge eating

I have came to the conclusion that I am in fact a binge eater.  I'm not really sure if this is something that I have started this year or if I have always been.  See before, I ate constantly, ate when I was not hungry, large amounts of food in a short period of time and I thought this was normal.  I know, my mind  was not in a good place as far as food goes.

Symptoms of binge eating..

Yesterday after I ate a large bowl of 4 day old chili, 4 spoons of peanut butter, 6 pieces of cheese bread, and a blueberry  bar within about 30 minutes without even thinking about it I knew I had a big problem.

When did I lose my mental grasp on my weight loss?  I think it was when I had my stents put in this past Spring.  At the time I felt like I was in the best shape of my life, and had a 100% blockage.  How does a 30 year old that had just lost 150 pounds handle news like that?  Not well my friends.  Since then I have yo-yo'd.   Not something I have intentions if doing, it just happens.  How do I get my control back?  How do I get my groove back?  I know how to lose weight, but I am holding myself back.  I am 100 percent open to suggestions.


  1. I used to be a compulsive eater, binge eater, and emotional eater, even when I was eating healthy, and I was steadily gaining weight even though I was already 270 lbs.

    When I switched to a low-carb diet, my food cravings and appetite lessened; I now only eat when I'm physically hungry; and I'm 47 lbs lighter (and still losing I believe).

    A low-carb diet is very effective for many people. It effectively treats type 2 diabetes (my husband's blood sugar was in the 200s, even with medication and insulin, but it's now in the low 100s and he's off his insulin). I highly suggest a low-carb diet for people who are or were obese. It's too hard to cut calories and continue to eat food with high amounts of sugar in it. For one, you can only cut your calories so low before your body goes into starvation mode and you stop losing weight. Secondly, eating sugar and carbs stimulates the appetite, so it's hard to control eating habits. But with low-carb, I can eat as much food as I want (as long as it's low-carb of course) and I lose weight instead of gain (I find I end up eating less food/calories than with other diets, because the food satisfies me physically and lessens my cravings/appetite).

    A low-carb diet fits my metabolism, body chemistry, and body type, so that I'm healthy and content. I have heard from others that a low-carb diet is not made for everyone, but I do believe that for people who are or were obese, have diabetes, or have eating problems, such as binge eating, emotional eating, and compulsive eating, a low-carb diet will resolve their problems.

    I just wanted to share my knowledge with you, but you will ultimately make the decision that's best for you. It took me 12 years of yo-yo dieting (and two previous attempts with low-carb) to figure out that low-carb is the lifestyle for me. Good luck with whatever you choose and I hope your binge eating improves.

  2. I'm a bit of a binge eater too when it comes to my trigger foods. There is no "one piece of pizza" in my world. I think you need to find what works for you. I tend to do lower carb, higher protein, it has seemed to help a great deal with binge eating.

  3. I do this often and I don't really realize I'm doing it until I've stuffed myself so much and I hurt and I feel sick. But with me, it goes both ways. I will typically try and keep myself busy during the day (I'm a new stay-at-home-mom but my daughter is at school most of the time) so I don't eat AT ALL but then I will be so hungry that I over eat. I don't know how to get out of that habit.

    I have times of doing very well then I fall off, but I fall off hard...

    Kim M.