Are you caught up in the cycle of binge and restrict?
“Oh and by the way, I ate a bunch of chips yesterday. I went for a run and I felt justified to eat them” said my client.
Whenever I hear something like this, the first thing I think about is the pattern of bingeing and restricting. This pattern is so common in diet culture.
Whenever we feel like we are restricted, what is going to follow? A binge. The problem really lies with the restriction.
This is a pattern that used to be a regular occurrence in my weekly routines back when I was a yo-yo dieter. I would start out on a diet and be good for 3-4 days. I would eat salads, calorie count, eat small portion sizes, skip meals. I would be proud of myself after a successful day.
But then 3 or 4 days later I would cave and I would eat all the things. I would finish my dinner and then it was game over. I would constantly be going back and forth from the TV to the kitchen. I would eat until I went to sleep.
Then I would get the usual feeling of regret, shame, guilt, and that love I had for myself would die a little bit more from the last time this happened.
The problem lies with the restriction and I really do believe that the problem originates from the way we were taught about diets, weight and food in our culture.
Instead of learning to have a healthy relationship with food and eating, we were taught that if we want to lose weight and have that rock-star body we desire, then it comes at a price. We were taught that it is time to go on a diet. You can look to the diet industry and there is always something new to try. It always involves some sort of restriction or elimination of something.
This doesn’t work long term. And if it doesn’t work long term, then what is the point? I know you may be thinking, well then what? If I don’t diet, then what do I do to lose the pounds? I will answer this question soon…
Whenever we put restrictions on our self, we start to become hyperaware of everything we can’t have. In most instances, we don’t enjoy the diet that we are on, and we are doing it purely for the promised results.
I can guarantee you that if you are unsatisfied with the way you are eating on a diet and you feel like you are being restricted, then what will follow is a binge of some sort. In other words, you will break your diet and gain the weight back, and possibly even more than when you started. Sound familiar?
So what can you do about it?
Well first of all, you have to be committed to ending the diet cycle. You have to be done with the pattern of bingeing and restricting. There is another way, I promise you, and it feels so good on the other side.
If you are ready to break this cycle and learn something new then book a complimentary 45-minute discovery call with me and we will get clear on the root of the problem. I will then point you in a new direction. Give you an opportunity to be free.
I want you to know that you are not alone in this and it is not your fault. It is time to re-learn what you were taught about food, dieting and weight loss. It is not the answer, and if it was and diets really worked, then we would all be at our goal weight and feeling healthy, confident and energized each morning. But we aren’t.
It’s time to look somewhere new now.