How To Stop Binge Eating

Tips to stop overeating, stop emotional eating, stop eating fast food, stop eating junk food

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    HI, so im going to use this to sort of vent, but i would really appreciate some advice too. im 18 years old, and a nutrition major. i workout no less than 5 times a week, with 45 minutes of cardio-an hour, and 45 minutes of weights/abs. usually, i eat healthy. however, it all started in 7th grade. i thought to myself that i looked fatter than all my friends, and that i needed to lose weight. matter of fact, looking back on it, i wasnt fat by any means, but i lost a good 20 lbs in two months and got down to eating no more than 500 calories a day. it was rediciulous ill be the first one to admit. i lost friends in the process because they couldnt handle me complaining about eating that ONE pretzel and i would actually crtitise them for what they ate. the school soon found out and my parents were notified and i was on high watch from everyone. eventually after being forced to put some weight back on, i became very active in sports- volleyball and track. these kept me in shape and i was very grateful. i still always counted calories and went to the gym even after practice, but i wasnt AS bad as i had been. i have always had a few major problems… i LOVE food. not even certian foods… like i dont crave specific things.. i just enjoy the thought of putting something in my mouth and the act of eating. i know, it sounds weird. but my main issue is i would eat very healthy during the day, or even during the week, but at nights and on weekends i would binge. i would eat everything in sight and in the moment, i think to myself ‘oh thats not bad its not ill just work it off tomorrow’ but after i finish eating im so disgusted with myself and depressed that i promise myself i will never do it again. then, a few days later… it happens again. i dont know what to do- i tried to figure out WHY i turn to food. my life isnt horrible ya know? i am a smart, athletic girl, with a boyfriend of two years. the only thing i can think of is my parents recent divorce a year ago.. but honestly i wasnt affected by it that much because they only live ten minutes apart so i can see both of them whenever. just recently it got pretty bad.. i gained 9 lbs my first semester at college and during winter break i lost a good amount of it, by not eating late at night and eating small meals throughout the day and wokring out everyday. but since the weight is off, i have begun poor eating habbits- i dont eat that much during the day but i eat ALOT at night and i eat late too. i do not go to the gym as much (5 days instead of 7 like i used to) which still isnt bad. but this past week has been horrible. i eat a good sized breakfast- healthy breakfast. today, i had an egg white omlet on a whole wheat english muffin, some nonfat yogurt and fruit, and a little bit of nonfat cottage cheese. i got my protein, dairy, carbs, and fruit. then i went to work and brought some carrot sticks and cut up peppers, and had a little 95% fat free ice cream cone at work and a fiber one bar. by the time, its 4pm and i went for a 3 mile run. then, i got home around 530 and seriously ate until 8:00. i had a deli sandwich, a bowl of special k cereal, two rice cakes, an apple with peanut butter, a salad with chicken breast in it, some kettle corn, and around 9 i had a bowl of ice cream. if i saw anyone else doing this i would think it was DISGUSTING but to me when i am in the moment i just cant stop doing it, but after i feel so guilty. my mom tells me to grab a water instead of food and to just stay out of the kitchen all together. its so much harder than it seems though. im not over weight or heavy either by any means, but i want to be 5 lbs lighter maybe and just be happy every day and not worry about when i am eating, what im going to eat next, how its going to affect me, when im going to the gym… etc. it consumes my life and its not healthy. i just dont know what to do.



    Hi laurrb. Firstly, let me start by saying that you seem to be quite a determined young lady. Even though you have been battling with issues for quite some time you haven’t given up… you should be proud of that :) I think you need to stop being so hard on yourself. The key is trying to find a balance between diet and exercise. You don’t want to go crazy with one or the other! Being extreme with either one of the two can jeopardise any goals that you have. Just remember to exercise and eat reasonably. I would say 5 times a week is more than enough! Also, don’t beat yourself up about it. just remember moderation is key. I am trying to learn how to do this myself!!! We’re all in this together and sometimes it just takes a little bit of encouragement from someone else to get you through the day ;) Good luck with it!

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