How To Stop Binge Eating

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

I need some help, ASAP.

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    Ashley26
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    This is my first post; I’m a little apprehensive about this working but I literally willing to try anything.

    Some info about myself:

    I’m 17 years old

    I get stressed out really easily and I think that that might be one of the reasons I tend to binge out; especially lately.

    I am 5’9 and currently weigh around 125 pounds. Recently, I have lost about 20 pounds and have been obsessing over my weight; it’s been taking over my life! I eat very well throughout the day at school (Apples, carrots, etc.), but then I get home and binge out on crappy food that I know will make me feel disgusting. Then, because of the guilt I’m feeling, I go to the gym and run about 5 miles.

    It’s a constant battle that is literally taking over my life. It’s hard to deal with because any one that I try to talk to about it just doesn’t understand what I’m going through. I could really use some advice!

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    smilie123
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    I think I’m in the same position you are. It’s hard to say that, to admit that other people face the same challenges even if they seem like they take over your own life. But this forum is helping me to understand that. I could sit behind this computer and give you advice, tell you what I think would help you to be healthy. Eat normal meals, don’t eat when you’re not hungry, control your cravings. But I know that won’t help. What I’ve found hardest is trying to understand why I binge, I keep looking for some deeper emotional reason, but essentially I think it’s a preoccupation with body image and the need for control. There’s a lot to be said for how much deprivation affects you mentally, if you forbid yourself unhealthy food during the day then even if you’re not hungry the energy and focus you’ve put into stopping yourself from eating that has to come out, reach a conclusion. But I’m scared to eat ‘normally’ to have bread and pasta and chocolate occasionally because if I do that and I don’t stop binging then i’ll gain weight and I’m unhappy enough with my body already. You seem like you’re in the same position and over this week I’ve been eating normally, or what my family considers normal, I even had a takeaway with them one night then this weekend it went horribly wrong and now I feel disgusting and I just want to purge, but I can’t. If i keep obsessing and controlling then i’ll never get better and god do i want to get better. So i have to keep trying. And so do you. I’m sorry if this has just been really self-centred, I’m new to this. I don’t know how I can help you, but i do know that control hurts. It’s too much to deal with because you can’t control your body. It needs what it needs and it doesn’t feel good when I give it too much, it hurts. So try to give up controlling your weight. Don’t weigh yourself, don’t check calories, check yourself when you’re thinking too much. Try. Otherwise you have to accept that this is your life and I don’t want a life that I can’t live to the full.

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    eemslo
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    “So try to give up controlling your weight. Don’t weigh yourself, don’t check calories, check yourself when you’re thinking too much”. Great advice Smilie.

    We get ourselves in such a turmoil, we don’t know what end is up. Panicy for sure.

    Maybe you can break it down into small steps starting with what you can have success with…like kicking the scales out of your life. We didn’t marry them til death do us part!

    Wishing you a loving and sane day.

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    Ashley26
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    I don’t think that was self-centered at all! And it is so hard. I completely agree with you though, and think that we are going through the same struggle. I don’t want to eat “real food” during the day because I feel like I’m just going to instantly gain it. What we need to try to remember though is that consuming those foods during the day is better than over-eating them when were alone is worse in the end. Our bodies break down foods more efficently during the day than at night before we go to bed. It’s going to be a hard transition but I think that we both need to focus on things like that to cure this at all. Thank you guys so much for your advice! It means more to me than you will ever know!

    Keep posting! This is a struggle that we can’t/shouldn’t have to fight alone.

    Stay strong.

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