Almost everyone will have moments in their life when they will overeat or look to food for comfort or an uplift. If this is a regular behaviour that you are finding difficult to overcome you may be experiencing Binge Eating Syndrome
Binge Eating is often also known as Compulsive Eating. People who constantly diet are twelve times more likely to binge and develop binging as a way of dealing with food.
The reasons why people develop Binge Eating behaviour is individual and personal. Some may use food to overcome stress, tiredness or negative emotions. Others may use the behaviour to deal with difficult life situations or challenges. .
Often binge eating may occur after an episode of dieting when the body has been deprived of sufficient food and nutrients.
Some Binge Eating Behaviours:
- Consuming a large amount of food, feeling out of control and unable to stop
- Often binge when you are not hungry and continue after your are full
- Eating so quickly that you have not registered what you have eaten
- Pick and nibble all day between meals and snacks
- Feeling distressed, anxious and guilty after binging
- Feel ashamed or embarrassed about the binge eating behaviour
- Binge eat in secret or when alone
- Hiding or piling food for a secretly planned binge
- Feelings of extreme guilt and self loathing for lack of self control
- Feeling numb when binging
- Feeling depressed after binging
- Feeling lack of satisfaction no matter how much has been eaten
- Eating until feeling sick
Diets create Tension.
When there is a strong focus on losing weight, the added tension created in the body depletes the happy hormones (dopamine), leading to feelings of being alone, isolated, cold and unloved.
Can you blame yourself for binging on comfort food when you feel all these complex and challenging emotions.???
Diets lead to a weakened metabolism
Regular dieting disturbs the self regulatory process and affects the metabolism. It fools the body into thinking it is responding to starvation conditions and lowers the rate at which food is processed.
If you have been constantly dieting and start to eat regularly, you may experience feelings of “not being full” because the body’s own self regulating system has been damaged.
In addition to this the body’s thermostat which controls the metabolism of food is sluggish and cannot metabolise food at the rate is should. With a sluggish system, most people then reach out for another diet solution and continue the self-defeating process adding further damage to the metabolism.
Diets are not the solution but are part of the problem to being overweight
Selling diets is super profitable and millions are spent each year advertising diets to create insecurities and chaotic diet behaviour. The diet food market is big. Not long after starting one diet, another one begins, creating a cycle and pattern that becomes so entrenched making it extremely difficult to break out of.
Dieting can be highly contagious. Have you ever noticed a social group and the changes that begin to happen when one person starts a diet. Before long almost every person in the group will be on a diet and within a short time, they will compare contrast and compete with diet stories and articles.
Find out more about Why Diets Don’t Work
The main issue here is that binge eating is not something you can just stop. It is not controllable by will power.
The more you try to control it the worse it gets.
It takes a lot of courage and strength to accept and reach out for someone to support you through your recovery process.
The good news is that there is a way of overcoming it with help and guidance from someone who understands and has knowledge of the behaviour. With the right help and support you can overcome the behaviour and find freedom from it. The reasons why you have developed binge eating behaviour is personal and individual, so the way of dealing with it will also be individual and personal.
Our Philosphy is to provide a therapeutic, nurturing and supportive environment
We can help you to:
- Gain insight and awareness of why you binge.
- Learn to recognise your own personal triggers leading to binge eating
- Develop ways to tolerate stress and regulate emotions
- Learning peaceful ways to relax your mind and body
At Insight Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy we take a holistic approach towards overcoming binge eating. In particular we address individual biological, psychological and social influences that have prevented you succeeding in the past. We have in depth experience in a range of therapies to help you. Some of these include:
- Mind Body Therapy
- Insight Therapy
- Emotion Focused Therapy
- Mindfulness and Acceptance Therapy
- Breathing Techniques
- Relaxation Techniques
Take the necessary steps towards your path to freedom