Too Fat for Sex? Is Binging better than Sex? Your call.
It leads Bingers to set strict , highly specific dietary goals rather than general dietary (eating) guidelines. Alcohol and drugs can also be a problem for the same reason.
If Bingers were alcoholics one might call the all-or-nothing thinking, “stinking thinking.” In most of life’s occasions, except for Princess Cruise lines, good is good enough.
Perhaps the best suggestion can be to get professional help. Starting with your personal physician is always a good idea. In a therapeutic sense, a cognitive-behavioral approach can actually be a helpful therapy.
First Stage: 1. Record in detail all eating when it happens.2. Introduce a regular pattern of eating. Others can help. 3. Use alternative actions/behaviors to help resist the urge to binge. 4. Learn all possible about food, nutrition, weight, and body shape.
Stage Two: 1. Gradually reintroduce avoided, possible trigger foods. Eliminate forms of strict dieting gradually. 2. Develop personal tools and skills for dealing with trouble spots. Perhaps, consider reviewing origins of binge-eating in family and social life. A trained professional can really be an advantage here. 3. Begin to identify problem ways of thinking, about Perfectionism in particular.
Stage Three: In planning for the future, have tools and strategies for realistically dealing with problems. We have a useful suggestion in this regard.
Self-Help can work. However, our material is educational, not medical advice, you must get appropriate medical treatment.
In addiction, you should NOT consider using a self-help approach if any of the following apply:
You are pregnant. You have as serious illness. You are underweight. Your health is being affected by your binge-eating. You are depressed or significantly demoralized. You have general problems with impulse control.
Also, if alcohol, drugs, or self harm are involved in addition to eating behavior you must seek professional help.
Yes, we are belaboring this point because it is that serious. And you want the best help available, if you want change.
As your introduction to help get a copy of Dr. Christopher Fairburn’s book “Overcoming Binge Eating” and see his specific suggestions.