Being on a restrictive eating regime can lead to bouts of binge eating. Whilst this happens to most people, it can become a bigger issue for some.
Binge eating undoes a lot of the good work that a proper diet and exercise regime can do. It can sneak up on people and become a habit without them even noticing it. This condition leads to massive feelings of guilt and potential health problems such as diabetes.
When someone goes on a bit of a splurge whilst dieting, it’s not always the end of the world. As humans, our resolve can weaken sometimes and if we can get back on the horse right away and not feel too terrible about it we can move on with our diets. Binge eating disorder is different however. This is where a person feels literally out of control of their ability to stop eating. Large amounts of various foods are consumed one after the other and the net result is that a person feels guilty. Berating themselves for the failure, sufferers of binge eating syndrome eventually turn to food for comfort and the cycle continues. Keeping up a healthy diet and exercise routine in the face of all of this is pretty much impossible.
A binge could last anything up to two hours and during this time the person will often barely taste the food or will eat at a very fast pace. So how do you know if this is something that applies to you? How you react to stress is one way to tell, is eating the only way to relieve things? When binge eating, do you feel almost like you are not there? Sufferers often report feelings of being on auto pilot or out of body. Do weight and eating take up most of your thoughts? Is there a sense of deperation in how you feel about it?
Binge eaters are hard on themselves too, and feelings of shame and disgust run high. This is a condition that can take up quite a part of someone’s life so if it seems like you are on that track, the time to tackle it is now.