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Why Do We Overeat or Binge?

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What makes us overeat and binge? Piotr Marcinski/PhotoSpin

As a trainer and sports nutritionist, I often get frustrated when clients do not get results. I also know that two to three hours with me during a week is not going to make a difference if they are undoing their hard work with overeating.

While I may be frustrated, I am also compassionate to their plight. Sure, we all cheat on our diets from time to time. Special occasions or vacations can have us veering off track.

But I am speaking of the serious overeater, who consumes a high amount of calories each and every day, sometimes even in a trance-like state. This is often referred to as binge eating disorder.

According to HelpGuide.org, “Binge eating disorder is characterized by compulsive overeating in which people consume huge amounts of food while feeling out of control and powerless to stop.”

Sometimes binge eating can be triggered by stress, low self-esteem or even boredom. It can be an uncontrollable pattern.

According to Womenfitness.net, “You eat when you're bored or do not have anything interesting to do or look forward to.”

If you’re bored, plan an activity or take up a hobby. If you are always searching for fulfillment in food you need to find something else that entertains, amuses or occupies you.

If you have not yet started to exercise, join a gym, find a fitness class that suits your interest and head there during your “boring” time. I have met some of my best friends while exercising and we still all keep each other motivated.

Womenfitness.net said that a feeling of deprivation also plays a role in overeating when restricting or forbidding certain foods.

“Unfortunately, because the foods being avoided are abundantly available, and food visibility and availability are powerful eating stimuli, the restricter often breaks her "plan" and eats a forbidden food.”

My solution to this particular feeling of deprivation has always been to plan a “forbidden meal” once a week. This will enable you to keep your control and stay on track for the rest of the week.

There could also be health reasons for the uncontrollable munchies or unstoppable cravings.

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