How To Stop Yourself From Binge Eating
Some people might think of binge eating as a non-issue, but as you may know, it’s an embarrassing problem that’s hard to fix. Thankfully, with some lifestyle changes, and some hard work, you can get on the right track to a healthier lifestyle. Here are the steps you’ll want to take to stop yourself from binge eating.
Think of the Underlying Causes
You’re unlikely to stop binge eating if you don’t consider why you overeat in the first place. Take a few minutes to figure out why exactly you reach for that food, and try your best to remove that cause from your life. If you’re stressed, try breathing techniques or other anti-stress methods. If you’re bored, pick up an active hobby. While you may not be entirely successful in removing these root causes for binge eating, any little bit will help decrease the chances of you going on a binge.
Eat Only When You’re Hungry
Eating only when you’re hungry sounds so simple, but you might not be thinking about that when the urge to eat rears its ugly head. Our bodies are smart machines, and they tell us when it’s time to eat food. Think of food simply as fuel for your body. Outside of your meals, every time you want to eat, think about whether your body really does need the food.
Eat Real, Nutritious Food
An apple or baby carrots aren’t going to hit the spot like a bag of chips or a candy bar will. They might not even fill you up right away. But unlike processed foods, whole foods will, over the long run, keep you fuller for longer. To avoid temptation at home, avoid buying unhealthy foods; that way, when you’re hungry, your only choice will be something that’s good for you.
Track What You Eat
Even once you start eating more healthily and in healthier portions, it can still be unclear as to how much, and what, you should be eating. Using an app, or just a pen and paper, add up the calories of what you eat all day, and aim for the daily recommended value. Plus, writing everything down will show you in black and white the choices you’ve made, giving you more incentive to make the right decisions.
Destress With Exercise
You may find that going through this lifestyle change is stressful, so you’ll need to find a way to channel that stress, or else you’ll find yourself back at square one, eating a lot and being unhappy about it. You might be thinking that cutting out unhealthy overeating is a big enough change to undertake, but adding a little more exercise to your everyday routine will help you deal with stress while also helping you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle.
The secret to changing your lifestyle is to build, and stick to, the habits you build. You might slip one day, but don’t let that deter you from continuing on the right path the next day. After some time, and some hard work, your days of binge eating will be in the distant past.