Compulsive Eating Disorder
Emotional Overeating

Do you have a compulsive eating disorder? Do you eat too much when you're bored, stressed out or upset? Learn how to stop binge eating by following eating disorder help explained here.

Compulsive eating disorder is a serious obstacle in achieving permanent weight loss. A compulsive eater is often an emotional eater. You may feel unable to stop eating, even when you feel full. You may eat too fast, not giving your stomach and brain enough time to tell you to stop. Maybe you eat a little here, a little there throughout the day with no real idea of how many calories you are consuming.

Sugar and Overeating

Compulsive eaters often indulge in sugary foods such as candy and ice cream because the sugar elevates their mood. You've probably heard the term "sugar high". The damage is that when coming down, you will experience withdrawal symptoms such as severe mood swings, and start the pattern over again, seeking out more sugar.

Emotional Overeating

Compulsive eating disorder often has an emotional factor that stems from behaviors that started in childhood, long before you had an awareness of what eating too much or eating unhealthy food can do. These eating patterns can be difficult to break but not impossible.

Awareness goes a long way in correcting this compulsive eating disorder. You may have denial issues that prevent you from fully understanding your behavior. Realising you have a problem is the first important step in making a difference. Once you are aware of emotional overeating, be patient with yourself. Frustration and stress will only make you want to eat!

Coping Mechanism

Some people establish a compulsive overeating disorder as a way to cope with negative feelings such as stress, helplessness, low self esteem, or anxiety. Food helps bury these painful emotions, but creates a vicious cycle of overeating and regret.

Binge Eating

Binge eating is closely related to a compulsive overeating disorder. Binge eating is when a large volume of food is eaten all at one time to the point of discomfort, rather than grazing and eating a little all day long. In extreme cases, purging may take place. If this is part of your eating pattern, please seek eating disorder help from a professional right away. Binging and purging is a very dangerous eating disorder that can devastate your health and well-being. It may also lead to serious depression because you are feeling so ashamed and out of control.

How to Stop Overeating

* Be prepared! Planning is crucial to weight loss success. Create healthy menus consisting of vegetables, fruits, low-fat protein, and whole grains. Have healthy foods at hand when you feel the urge to snack.

* You've heard this one a million times: Write down daily everything that goes into your mouth. Keeping a food journal is the best way to be aware of how and what you are eating. If you're not losing weight, review your food diary and make helpful adjustments.

* Another no-brainer. Portion control. Most people don't even realise what an average portion is. Click here to learn more.

* When eating mindlessly, often you will "come to" and realise you're eating but not hungry. This is your cue to stop. If you're in the midst of a bag of chips, take 2 out, set them on the table, then destroy the rest (put them in the trash and spray them with cleaning spray for example). Having just two more will keep you from feeling deprived. Not only will you stop stuffing yourself, you'll realise wasting food could become an expensive habit.

* Change the way you think about food. Get excited over an apple, rather than an apple fritter! True, this won't happen automatically, but you'll be surprised how your tastes will change when you change your attitude about sweets.

* Strive for progress, not perfection. You didn't gain weight overnight, and you won't lose it that fast either.

Do You Need Professional Help?

Compulsive eating can be a huge challenge to overcome. However, many who suffer have found ways to learn new, healthier eating habits, often with the help of an understanding therapist. If left untreated, the consequences of emotional overeating may lead to critical conditions that adversely affect your health.

New Healthy Habits

There are therapists specifically trained to help you if you are unable to do it on your own. Find a good therapist you feel comfortable with in a safe and confidential setting. A caring professional can determine how to help you and treat emotional and psychological reasons for a compulsive eating disorder. Eating disorder help can guide you in creating new, healthy eating habits and at the same time help you deal with the problems in your life related to emotional overeating.

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