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Posted: 19 Jul 2012, 11:50
Is it possible to have an overeating disorder and not be overweight? Because I have a problem. I eat healthy most of the time, but a few times a month I have some kind of a breakdown. And on those days I eat way too much. I don't mean in a ''cheat day'' way. I literally eat untill it hurts so much I have trouble breathing. I actually eat so many calories I gain about 0.5 to 1 kg IN A DAY. I'm not over-reacting. Sad I'm not depressed or anything, also don't have any kind of disease. Help, anyone? I'm writting this, because today was one of those days and I really want this to stop. Sad
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Posted: 19 Jul 2012, 12:56
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”
"It's not a diet, it's not exercise, it's a lifestyle."

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Posted: 19 Jul 2012, 13:06
I already checked sites like that and done some research but I don't hate myself afterwards. I don't feel sad or angry. I feel totally normal. Also it usually happens when I'm away from home, and I don't care if others see it or not. And I had days like that before I decided to live healthy. But really there's no guilt, sadness, anger, depression.. Thats why I think it's so weird. Thanks for the reply, I really appreciate it. Smile

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Posted: 19 Jul 2012, 17:24
what about a hormonal imbalance? has your thyroid been tested? it effects just about everything. or does it happen about the same time every month? every x number of days?


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Posted: 19 Jul 2012, 17:39
I've always been a believer in "hollow days", i.e. those days when you can just naturally consume far more than what is normally required. After spending lots of time researching different diets, nutrition plans, etc, I am beginning to see a bit of a pattern.

A lot of diets recommend "carb load" days, usually being done after having a feeling of tightness and, for lack of a better description, hollow stomach. Rather than allowing yourself to go through the binge cycle, try pre-planning a day every week or two when you expect yourself to consume between 500 and 600 calories more than normal, making most of them complex carbs like fruits & veggies. Also, try to stay away from the sweets before your carb load days, since sugar is HIGHLY addictive and leaves you feeling unsatisfied.

Try it out for a month and see how your body handles it. I would also suggest consulting with a physician to rule out anything else.
If you can spend years beating yourself up mentally and remain standing, you can HANDLE a few muscle cramps and cravings. A little pain has NOTHING on feeling insecure. Remember that next time you wanna quit. You can do this!

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Posted: 20 Jul 2012, 10:42
Thanks for the replies. Smile I'll keep an eye on those days to see when they happen. It could be the hormones.. My mother has problems with them. I'll try relaxing, so I make sure it's not stress. I'll take some ''me time'' once a week. I'll also try to relax while I eat and clear my mind to really think only about a meal at the time. We'll see what happens. Smile

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Posted: 21 Jul 2012, 23:01
It could possibly be hormones. I get like that when my cycle comes around. Are u on a low fat diet when u do eat healthy?

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Posted: 22 Jul 2012, 02:08
I usually eat between 15 to 30 g of fat, but I'm not paying special attention to it. I don't eat ''low fat'' stuff. I don't eat a lot of dairy, but that's because I don't like it. Smile You're right about the cycle thing though.

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Posted: 23 Jul 2012, 08:25
Are you telling yourself you "can't" eat something? I'm not overweight and I tend to fall into the binge cycle when I'm pressuring myself to stay strict and overexercising. If your stressed or worried about weight loss goals - or "trying" to lose can make you feel deprived.

Everytime I'd lose weight - id get greedy and try to speed things up thinking "more is better" instead of taking a steady approach. This would lead to feeling deprived which led to binges - which then created a "binge habit". Unless you take care of breaking the habit: you can be the happiest person in the world and continue to binge.

A good book "Brain over binge". It's the "urges" to overeat that you need to fix - not your emotions or anything else.

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Posted: 23 Jul 2012, 10:12
You're probably right. I'll read the book.
Thanks for the reply.

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Posted: 28 Jul 2012, 10:17
aww its not wierd. Give credit that you notice a different behavior. Do you have anxiety? My friend says she does the same thing and she says she is not emotional eating. Is thier a tie to some event that has you enjoy food. when you said away does that mean the food helps you calm your nerves? In the middle of the night I wake up in panic and I have to eat.

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Posted: 28 Jul 2012, 12:27
I second the Brain Over Binge book because it avoids a lot of the diet craziness out there and you won't get caught up in years of being too focused on eating and weight. Actually, if you aren't purposely restricting your foods, your weight is fine, and your health is good, you're probably just making up for unconscious undereating. But if it concerns you, it's worth looking into it. Just don't assume you're damaged.

BTW, do you mean you eat an EXTRA 3,800- 7,700 calories in a day? Like 5000-10,000 calories in a day? Because that's how much you'd have to eat to gain .5 to 1 kg overnight. Otherwise, it's mostly water retention. And people can sustain a low weight eating that way periodically. Or vice versa. It actually takes 3 years of eating 100 calories less than your body needs to sustain a ten pound weight loss. The body adjusts.

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