Binge eating, what is it?

Binge can be defined as unrestrained eating or drinking. The basic concept of a binge is that you eat or drink as much as you want without restraint. It is often seen when someone “cheats” on a diet. It is unrestrained eating that is above normal. “I am going to eat as much as I want.” It can also be seen as the regular eating habits regarding each meal. Binges can occur for minutes, hours, days or weeks.

There’s also the hidden binge. This is where you have done something so frequently that it appears to be normal.  It can be a socially acceptable gluttony.  Examples of this are a pizza party, or “Let’s go to that restaurant that serves portions big enough for a whole family and eat until we can’t eat anymore.”  Thanksgiving is a socially acceptable binge.   Many people eat 5000 calories on Thanksgiving!

Birds of a feather flock together. Bingers tend to accumulate friends that are similar. The hidden-ness of it is that you are around people who also have this tendency to eat without restraint; it even becomes more hidden and seems that if everyone else is doing it, why can’t I?

What is the real cause?

There are a couple of reasons for binge eating. First, hunger and the desire for food is a physical, genetic demand. A reflex built in for survival. Appetite is designed to urge you to eat more food than you really need, it is designed to get you to gain more weight.  Man has come a long way since he had to chase his food or scrounge snow-covered hillsides for dinner. Man has arranged to have food in such abundance; it is always the season of plenty. We are capable, for perhaps the first time, of putting on as much fat as we can and keeping it there, year after year.

The sight or smell of food still triggers an eating reaction, the reflex, causing “hunger” so you can put on weight and keep putting it on.  But without long, harsh winters, we no longer take it off.  This eating reflex gives you such pleasure.

Why the compulsion?

Eating also has a characteristic of satisfying unrequited success.  If you feel lacking in any area of your life such as your love life, you don’t like your job, having trouble with your wife or husband or things are just not going well, we can slip into an eating reflex.  It’s a compulsion – a little mental vacation from the troubles of life and you get this relief that is genetically satisfying.

If you look at different levels of the body eating you may see that the urge to eat is a very animalistic urge.  Every life form has to eat, that reflex is genetically built from eating, only the life forms that eat get to survive, man has a very successful eating reflex built in.

The first step:

Because bingeing and out of control-ness only happens when you are not really there, this automatic reflex is what you need to manage.

The first step is for you to write down everything that you eat and how much for seven days.  Include the approximate time that you ate.

You can lose 1 to 3 pounds that week just writing down what you ate and when.  I have seen it happen time and again.  Why?  Because writing down what you eat takes you out of the automaticity of eating.  It controls the eating reflex.

If you want to do more, at the end of the seven days, you can look up the calories to see what you are really doing.  You can find calories counters on the net or buy a book.  In order to lose weight you want to eat calories equaling 10 times your body weight minus 500 a day.

Example: Bill weighs 185 lbs.  X  10 = 1,850 cal.  – 500 = 1,350 cal.  Bill’s weight loss budget.

The diet: 

Above All Diets is the book that I wrote which will fully explain the physical reasons you overeat and why you don’t want to exercise.   I designed drills that will help you to overcome this physical programming.  Like a computer program that is out of date, your body is programmed for survival with an outdated program.  And you can update this program with my drills.

There is a physical, genetic reason for not exercising:

I have been doing research for 27 years on the basic reasons people have difficulty losing weight and keeping fit.  There are two main reasons: individuals do not learn to deal properly with their appetite and they have trouble continuing regular exercise.

Dieting alone causes you to lose muscle as well as fat, which sets you up for future fat gain, easier.  There is a physical, genetic reason that people have back-off on exercising.  Unnecessary (wasted) body motion has always been genetically, historically dangerous.  Wasting energy has been a bad thing.  Conserving energy has always been pro-survival.

Exercise regularly by hiring a trainer or twinning up with a friend, which can ensure that you actually show up for the exercise. (Just showing up is the hard part.)  It is the consistency of exercise that is beneficial, not just the occasional hard workout.  The important action is that you work out three or four times a week, or every day.