We all have our moments where reaching for a bag of cookies becomes part of our ‘zombie-like’ mindset. It all happens with surprising autonomy. It wont become apparent until you are licking the last crumb from the packet either, which is the most disturbing part.
Eating is one of the ‘habits’ which turns into a bad one when we, like most other vices, have too much of a good thing.
Yes, just because you had 5 apples and a banana, that doesn’t cancel out the 5 Oreos and block of ‘slimming’ chocolate you just inhaled like a fricken table.
But I digress.
5 ways to stop binge eating
Here are 5 things for you to keep in mind the next time you reach for the fork and consider binge eating.
#5 Prevent ‘bored’ eating
This happens to all of us at some point. Afterall, Wheel of Fortune just finished, what else is there to do? Two Litres of chocolate fudge is just SITTING there in the fridge with a smug grin on it’s face waiting to be demoralised. The choice seems obvious right?
You need to identify this sudden urge to eat when you arent occupied with something else, and when you do, you’ll (hopefully) be able to stop yourself.
#4 Adhere to a ‘reward system’
No one is going to be able to live on a cupboard full of bland foods, zero chocolate and neither a comfort food or fruit-pie in sight-you just have to eat something else in place of the bad food 70% of the time. I wrote an article on adhering to ‘good’ foods most of the time. Remember, without being ‘good’, you don’t deserve the naughty snack reward.
#3 Schedule a small nutritious snack between meals
Grab and apple, a handful of nuts, something which will take your body a long time to process and therefore feel satiated for a longer period of time. Staving off the food cravings is your key to success.
#2 Drink more water
Without sounding like a broken record, drink more of the clear stuff. Why you ask? Sometimes we have difficulty determining whether we are in fact hungry or thirsty. Most of the time, we are just dehydrated rather than famished. Drink 1-2 glasses of water next time you feel like that creme brulee and youll be surprised at the difference.
#1 Avoid diet foods
Diet drinks, foods with 99% fat free on the label and anything else with packaging that resembles a fat mouse tucked inside a supposed ‘Holy Grail’. These foods seemingly contain zero sugar right?
That may be the case, but the chemicals contained within them actually increase cravings for bad foods and other waist expanding naughtyness. That’s why you see so many obese people holding diet coke in their hands. They’ve just washed down the last of an apple pie and a small child with it.
Instead of resorting to a diet drink or food, you need to (you guessed it) have a glass of water, or try a hot cup of green tea.
So, there’s a start. This list is easily expandable, just like we are. The key is to distract yourself and to take the focus off eating without a reason, and binge eating in general.
Editor’s Note: How do you prevent yourself from binge eating? Leave your techniques in the comments below.