Dieting is Short-Lived, Even with the Best Intentions

One of the biggest vulnerabilities to binge eating is being hungry! Most diets focus on calorie restriction or eating only specific foods, which means dieting is short-lived, even with the best intentions.

The physics of binge eating is pretty clear: for every restriction there is a binge and for every restriction there is a binge. I mean, this isn’t like Einstein physics, but it’s pretty darn close!

The Destination Dieter in all of us loves being hungry — I mean we looooove it — makes us believe we are getting skinnier, like progress is being made, like we have a semblance of control in this world of chaos and disorder!

And the diet industry loves it more! Calorie restriction has become the greatest invalidation of our time, “If I just eat less and exercise more, I will lose weight.” To say that is oversimplifying the issue is a gross understatement.

News flash: if it were that simple, we wouldn’t be in the middle of an epidemic. Am I right? Can I get a hallelujah?

And, in many ways, we also hate being hungry — it disregulates us. It encourages us to make impulsive choices, to overeat, to think we need more than we do.

The answer is never the opposite; it’s always the balance. And that’s what the research supports: one of the main components to arresting binge eating is meal regulation. Meal regulation suggests we eat four to six small meals, spaced throughout the day, every day — that one shift can be curative in decreasing binging.

Meal regulation paired with a mindfulness of the ingredients in our food — especially sugar and white flour, which mess with our ability to know if we are hungry or full — can get us started living in the balance. Turning away from the diet “roller coaster” of binging and restricting — you can have a life between meals.

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