Binge eating is a common side effect of dieting and involves rapidly eating large amounts of food often much more than anybody needs.
Almost everyone overeats on occasion, such as having seconds or thirds of a holiday meal. But for some people, excessive overeating that feels out of control and becomes a regular occurrence crosses the line to binge-eating disorder.
Behavioral and emotional signs and symptoms of binge-eating include:
- Eating unusually large amounts of food in a specific amount of time, such as over a two-hour period
- Feeling that your eating behavior is out of control
- Eating even when you’re full or not hungry
- Eating rapidly during binge episodes
- Eating until you’re uncomfortably full
- Frequently eating alone or in secret
- Feeling depressed, disgusted, ashamed, guilty or upset about your eating
- Frequently dieting, possibly without weight loss
This is a big problem for many dieters. Some binge on junk food but others binge on healthy foods like nuts, nuts butters, dark chocolate, cheese. Even if those are healthy foods those calories still count, and the stomach doesn’t know the type of food you had, it knows only energy in the form of calories.
Depending on volume, a single binge can ruin a entire week of dieting. If you’re having a cheat, it should really be a standard meal that’s not on the plan. Cheat days ruin everything. It should never be a cheat day, it should be a cheat meal.