One of the most frequently researched questions online is “Why can’t I stop overeating?”
The frustration in this question is heartbreaking, and it’s exactly the question I asked myself for over thirty years. Of course there isn’t one tidy little answer for each of us; the answers will be as varied as we are – but – there are some common factors that cause us to feel out of control with food.
- 1. DIETING MAKES US EAT LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE (even though we’re not) Eating too little always leads to eating too much, eventually. Self imposed starvation causes your body and mind to feel alarmed and to overreact, setting up the diet-binge cycle. Not only is dieting completely ineffective longterm, it actually damages your relationship with food and your body in the process. There are psychological and biological reasons we are compelled to overeat after a peroid of under-eating.
- BINGE EATING, CRAVINGS & COMPULSIVE EATING PATTERN The perceived strength of the powerful urge to overeat feels overwhelming, convincing us that we’re powerless against it. After giving into it for years, weakened by our exhausting attempts at dieting, we falsely believe that now we have no choice.
- LACK OF CONFIDENCE Each of us has our own personal story, temperament and negative self-talk which can undermine our self-confidence. We also falsely feel weak and incapable after years of unsuccessful dieting, even though it’s dieting that’s at fault.
- EMOTIONAL EATING Eating to manage emotions feels good in the moment – lighting up the brain’s pleasure centers like firecrackers! After years of eating emotionally it can feel impossible to imagine coping with uncomfortable feelings in any other way, even though there are many more effective ways of handling our big emotions.
- PROCESSED SIMPLE CARBOHYDRATES Highly processed foods containing a lot of white flour and sugar can highjack our blood sugar and insulin levels – sending them on a roller-coaster ride. Natural fiber and nutrients are removed (and hyper-tasty artificial ingredients added) in the refining process. These manufactured foods break down very quickly in the body, causing us to crave more and more*.
- TOP REASON: WE DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW CHANGE WORKS. Most people believe that they’re supposed to move forward perfectly, once they’ve decided to change things. In reality, true change is messy and multi-directional – and it is supposed to be. In order to make life changes you have to be willing to mess up and continue on. A lot.
You can reach a comfortable weight in spite of your obstacles. You are strong and resilient. You have choices. You are not alone.
And you don’t have to do this perfectly. No one does.
Armed with solid tools and truths like TLE 12 lesson downloadable workshop, with support like our TLE Membership and with a bit of a sense of humor – you can make the changes you want to make!
Which of these reasons do you relate to most?
*For more info read Always Hungry? by Dr. David Ludwig.