Binge Eating

May 6th, 2018

Are you a binge eater? Do you know what binge eating is? It's a disorder where people experience loss of control and eat large quantities of food in a short period of time. It can affect anyone of any age, gender or background. This can become as serious as any other eating disorder and it's important that people suffering with it get treatment as quickly as possible!.

In most cases, weekend over-eating (and over-boozing) is most common and considered a "norm". It feels good to let loose…until you get sick of the regret, guilt, bloating, and extra pounds. Discover the surprising *real* reason behind Friday-to-Sunday binge eating.

A lot of people can relate to this scenario. Let's say it's Friday around 5pm and you prepare to leave work for the weekend and you start to think what this really means. The end of the work week could mean white wine, pizza, a giant bag of chips, chocolate and movies. Most people think Friday night is the highlight of the week and can eat whatever you want. Can you relate to this?

However, Friday is just the beginning to the rest of the weekend. Saturday morning comes around and suddenly you're eating a big breakfast before hitting up the gym and then coming home to another big meal. Saturday nights are for going out and enjoying a few drinks with another heavy meal or maybe you stay home and order take-out and watch movies all night long.

Before you know it, Sunday comes around and it's time for brunch or maybe you end the weekend off with a big family dinner. You'll start telling yourself it's just Friday. It's just Saturday. It's just Sunday. But that can start sounding a lot like an excuse.

For us, the weekend was a time where “normal rules” didn’t apply. It was a time to relax, put our feet up, and let the soothing, crunching and chewing take us away.

We quickly realized that our eating habits on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday weren’t the only challenge. There were some questionable weekday habits, too. Habits that were perhaps even more crucial to the whole picture.

Once we identified our work-week eating patterns, and how they were affecting our weekend behavior, we developed a healthier relationship with food… and ultimately ourselves. It’s important to identify the why. Why are you binge eating? What triggers happen? Are you emotionally eating? If you find yourself binge eating more frequently, talk to your doctor.

Here are 3 strategies that helped the CalorieWiz team turn things around:

1. It doesn’t have to be perfect! You do everything right during the week, by the weekend your willpower gives out. You choose to go out for dinner after work and maybe you're unable to have that perfect piece of chicken with a salad. So, you think to yourself "I’ll just overeat with a burger and fries." Try to substitute the fries with a delicious salad.

2. Sometimes we struggle on when and what to eat. That is what is great about CalorieWiz, you can enjoy anything you want to eat as long as you stay within your daily calories. It’s not to say eat burgers, fries and donuts all day – we do prefer healthy and balanced meals, but don’t beat yourself up over it if you can’t have a healthy meal all the time. Try to enjoy food, stay within your calories, and make the next meal healthier. Remember, one meal at a time!

3. Follow the 80/20 rule – 80 percent of your daily calories to be healthy choices and 20 percent not so healthy. If you follow this, your desire to binge eating will decrease because you are not depriving yourself. Healthy eating won’t consume most of your time, it will become a way of living. The only rule you need to follow is staying within your daily calories. Once you have achieved that, you can switch things around with adjusting your macronutrients, but for now just watch your calories.

Just remember that different choices produce different outcomes.

Changing a deep-seated habit — even one that on the surface may seem silly and harmless, like overeating on the weekend is challenging. It helps to team up with someone who will support and encourage you. CalorieWiz is available to you 24/7 with coaches, trainers, a kinesiologist, and a nutritionist. Find a friend, partner, or someone who will listen to you and keep you accountable. For many people, relinquishing control is a choice they’re glad to own.

Most people know that regular movement, eating well, sleep, and stress management are important for looking and feeling better. Yet they need help applying that knowledge in the context of their busy, sometimes stressful lives. If you’re ready to change your body, and your life, download CalorieWiz, we will help you be accountable for your nutritional needs. It’s easy. It’s reliable. It’s affordable!