Binge Eating and Ways to Stop it!

personla trainer, khaled hafez, train with khaled
Dear friends,
Welcome to my blog! This month`s topic is about binge eating. I have many friends, family members and even my own clients seem to fall in the trap of this disorder. Some people workout on daily basis, but they never seem to lose weight although they have been consistent with their training routine. It is very critical to know the importance of our nutrition habits and food diets, and how it can affect our weights, moods and even emotional stability.
In my observations I have realized that some of them suffer from “binge eating”, which means
the consumption of large quantities of food in a short period of time, typically as part of an eating disorder.
Although they might not admit it, many people seem to use food as an alternative to fill emotional emptiness, boredom, anxiety, depression and more.
So, someday you feel depressed, anxious, and angry, so you head for the refrigerator and stick your spoon into a gallon of ice cream and you binge, the next thing you know you also ate the cake, the chips and whatever was there on the table. Then you feel depressed, anxious, and angry about bingeing and despair of ever being able to stop,
It’s not so much the amount or what you eat, but what it feels like. Is the food in control? After the first bite, can you stop?” If the answer is no, you’re on an eating binge. And I must say this can happen to anyone of us, but as it might affect our bodies and health on the long run, allow me to present to you way to prevent binge Eating:
Stop nighttime binges. On its simplest level, binge eating at night is often brought on by
starving all day, thus Doctors recommend that you eat a sensible breakfast and lunch, and you’re less likely to clean out your refrigerator at night.
Do something. Take your mind away from your forbidden food by focusing on
something that takes all your concentration, like reading a book or playing a puzzle, you can go for a walk. Just engage yourself in a mind full activity away from food. You will notice that you are really hungry, food just seemed as a waste of time and you can actually survive the rest of day.
Wait. If you feel the urge to binge, set the kitchen timer for 15 minutes and try to figure
out what’s going on: are you really hungry? Or is it because you are probably angry, bored…?If so, try to figure out why you feel so upset, and instead go for a run or a workout, talk to someone, just for you know, food won’t solve your problems”
Forgive yourself. You didn’t start bingeing overnight, and you won’t be able to stop that quickly either. Each small step that you take away from bingeing will help you feel better about yourself, but it can take some time to change your behavior completely. Forgive yourself in advance for setbacks. And just remember: To succeed, the trick is to try and try again.
Record your indulgences. Even if you’ve just eaten the whole box of Cadbury chocolate fingers or that large Lays chips, it’s not too late to do something about the binge, Write it down and track your eating habits, it will help you keep track and you can work on resolving what triggered the binge, so that you can figure out what to do differently next time.
khaled Hafez

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