Dealing with the problem of binge eating takes time and patience. This is a disorder that isn’t defeated overnight. In fact, it’s a day-to-day battle that people have to deal with for the rest of their lives. The good news is that the battle can be won. Let’s look at why counting calories isn’t as important as some people think.
Dieting And Counting Calories
One of the main reasons most diets fail is due to severe calorie restriction. People start feeling deprived. People who don’t binge eat may end up binge eating when the diet is finally broken.
If a person has a problem with binge eating, the last thing they want to be doing is counting calories and feeling deprived. Dieting is not the answer to binge eating. It can make matters worse.
Making A Lifestyle Change
It’s important that people who suffer from binge eating make a concerted effort to undergo a lifestyle change. This means replacing junk foods with
healthy foods. Healthy vegetables can give a person a full feeling
without adding a lot of calories to a diet.
If a person eats a salad consisting of a large tomato, a cucumber, and a few cups of spinach, they don’t have to worry about counting calories. Although it will feel like a lot of food was eaten, there aren’t a lot of
calories contained in the meal.
A healthy lifestyle change will allow a person to live the remainder of his or her life without having to count calories.
Exercise Is Important
Exercise can help people feel better. Exercise can help a person fight some of the underlying causes of binge eating. Stress, depression, and anxiety can all be relieved with exercise.
Another benefit of exercise is that it burns calories. Burning calories can help put a person’s mind at ease if they are still worried about taking in too many calories.
Dealing With Temptation
A binge eater is not going to be able to control every situation. An office party, wedding, or any other social event may have junk food and food that can be a trigger to a binge eater. What’s a person to do?
One option that some wrongly choose is to try to eat some of the food while counting calories. This can easily lead to a binge eating episode.
The best way to deal with the situation is to eat before the event and drink plenty of water. By doing so, a person shouldn’t feel hungry and should have a full feeling during the social event. Also, a person shouldn’t feel guilty about turning down food.
Staying On A Food Schedule
It’s more important for people who are fighting binge to have meal times and stick with them instead of counting calories. With scheduled meals, a
person is less likely to skip a meal and then binge eat to make up
for it. A person should be eating at least three meals a day.
Even with all the right lifestyle adjustments, people still need support. People need to feel that they are not in this alone. They need others to talk to during times of stress and temptation. Seeking out professional
support is much better than worrying about counting calories.
Any person who feels he or she has a problem with binge eating should seek out professional help immediately. The road to recovery begins when help
is sought out.