Why are you cheating on your diet?
Do you tend to do really good on your diet a couple days of the week then find yourself giving in to temptation later in the week? You are super motivated then something gets a hold of you and you can’t control yourself? Ugh, why is that?!
What’s the underlying issue?
Are you stressed?
Is it Self-control?
Love food just too dang much?
What can we do?
How can I help?
Will you be happier?
I struggle with the same issues you do.
Can we team up and fight this together?
Here are my thoughts…
My reason for binge eating occasionally isn’t self-control. I have plenty of it. I go weeks on end sticking to my game plan, having structure to occasionally give in and over eat. Why can’t I stop before I am stuffed!? Why!?
I think my reason for this is the years of depriving myself of foods.
Sticking to only a certain meal plan.
To literally only eat something “bad” every 3 months.
I think the reason I still feel obligated to over eat occasionally is I still have too much structure. I am terrified to not stick to my game plan. If I want to have a burger, fries and one beer I will also end up having a pint of ice cream and destroying the pantry.
Do you see where I am going with this?
Too much structure and self-control is not a good thing.
One way to stop this habit is to loosen up on your diet (not too much now).
Have less structure.
IT IS OK to not hit your macros on point
IT IS OK to derail from the game plan 1-2 nights a week as long as it is controlled.
It is the 80/20 rule. If 80% of the time your diet is where it needs to be and that 20% isn’t you being crazy then everything will balance out.
Another reason why I think people struggle with their cravings is mindset. If you have read any of my other blogs this is something I have talked about a good bit. We have to flip the switch in our brain. Your binges, cravings, pantry raids have become habits.
You get bored, you get stressed, you think you are hungry and then all heck breaks out.
Why does your brain have control over you?
Can’t you tell it to stop? You don’t have to raise your hand if you don’t want to you know? You can tell your brain what you want to do or not do.
Learn to be in control of your own thoughts and emotions. Learn to have one piece of cake.
It won’t happen overnight, but those repetitions or small wins on a weekly basis will lead to you being in control.
Believe in yourself.
Yeah, why not?
Believe that you are stronger than those cravings. Have confidence in yourself to find other ways to deal with your stress or anything else you might be going through.
Food isn’t the answer.
Picky up a hobby, a “distraction” you could say.
And believe in yourself when you do over eat or have a couple bad days that you can get back on track.
I have my days.
BUT I have the mindset and I believe that I can get back on track the next day.
You will always have this battle. We all go through it. Even the most self-controlled individuals.
But, you got this.
If you are struggling with your relationship with food, please reach out because I want to help.
- Evan, firstname.lastname@example.org