20-Somethings - How do you avoid binging? How do you avoid feeling deprived?

08-13-2013, 12:47 PM
Hi Lady's and Gentlemen. You all are so lovely and I am glad to be back.

I have been on a health hiatus for about a year. Wow. I've tried starting up again but everytime I run into problems. Two of the main problems are Binging and feeling deprived. So I was wondering if anyone had some advice or cool little tricks they did to avoid these feelings and actions that result?:D

Have a beautiful day! :hug:

08-13-2013, 12:50 PM
In the beginning I was so driven I really didn't have a lot of issues, but now? I'm struggling with the urge to binge constantly.

I find telling myself that I can have whatever I want, whenever I want helps. It's easier to walk away from the chocolate knowing that I can "change my mind" later.

If I really feel like I need to cheat, I will dial back the calories throughout my day and make a little extra room for that chocolate or piece of pizza.

Good luck!

08-13-2013, 12:57 PM
I have struggled with binging in the past. For me, even if I wasn't hungry, I'd still want to eat anything and everything in sight. Hunger, I could control. Cravings I couldn't. I know it's still too early to say this because I just started yesterday, but going low carb has so far really stifled my desire to inhale everything in sight. Maybe try cutting out sugar from your diet for a while and see how you feel?

08-13-2013, 12:57 PM
I have always struggled with bingeing, especially when I'm emotional or bored. And then it gets worse if I feel deprived or I've gotten diet fatigued (eating the same "safe" foods day in and day out).

08-13-2013, 01:06 PM
I never binged until I got overly zealous about regulating my intake and therefore felt deprived. Once I stopped being so strict about "safe" foods, I stopped binging.

I would recommend reading the "Chicks in Control" subforum for more on this. Many people who are naturally healthy/non-binge eaters become binge eaters when they diet for long periods of time.

08-13-2013, 01:13 PM
I've tried all along to make myself realize that I have can have whatever I want as long as I only have it in moderation and not very often. I have to keep my mind focused on what I want.
I've also been gone now for a little over a year and I've gained all my weight plus some back.. so I'm trying to get back on track and focused!!:)
Let's just commit to not disappearing again!!:)

08-13-2013, 02:01 PM
I'm now gluten free, but I always had a general rule that I could eat anything I wanted, but it had to be made by me, and the healthiest way that I could.

If I wanted to have a burger, I'd get lean ground beef, shred veggies into the meat, and go for it.
If I wanted pizza, I'd make it on a high fiber tortilla or flatbread, my homemade sauce, go light on the cheese, and top it with plenty of veggies.
If I wanted BBQ ribs, I'd make baked BBQ chicken thighs.

If I wanted any food, I'd find a way to do it.

I still do that, but opt away from most carbs so my versions of flavor combinations sometimes isn't the same.

08-13-2013, 02:56 PM
If I really want something salty (I'm not really into sweets as much) I'll try to find a healthier version or cut back the portions if I wanted some. I love chicken nuggets and fries and I find if I just eat them once a week rather than for two out of three meals (seriously used to do that! Ewwers) than I can usually make it up later in the week.

I do struggle with binge eating sometimes, just because my home environment alternates from mind-numbingly stressful to mind-numbingly boring and I need something to keep up, but I am getting better at it. I know this sounds goofy so bear with me, but the brand of supplements I take have the slogan "Never settle." and if I feel bad or want to not do something I should, I tell myself to never settle and elaborate on that, like an inner pep talk. It doesn't work for everyone, mind, but if you can find something like that for yourself it can really help you! It got my lazy butt to yoga class this morning, lol. :)

08-13-2013, 04:13 PM
I used to struggle with bingeing, for almost my whole life actually especially as I would phase through various EDs. After treatment it got worse, and without the unhealthy behaviors I'd used in the past, my weight ballooned up to my ultimate high weight. I've worked really hard to change my mindset about food and look at is as something to nourish me and I try to be very intuitive and conscious about my food and eating habits and this mindfulness attitude towards eating has really helped me get the bingeing under control. I do still feel deprived at times though, but giving myself a relaxed eating day once a week really helps :)

08-13-2013, 06:21 PM
Well, I have never binged....that maybe because i have never deprived myself of anything! I have always focused on portion control. if i wanted it i ate it but only a little bit of it! my body also responds well to appetite suppressants. I feel this is what helps me with losing weight b/c when im taking them i have a smaller appetite and feel full more quickly. I also do not crave caffeine which there is some in the supplement i take so that could be why but i crave water while im taking them.

08-13-2013, 07:57 PM
Momof3- I use WL supplements too. I have lost about 5-10 lbs related to taking the supplements. I keep using them because it really helps what I think is a mild hormonal/thyroid issue. Ever since I have been taking them I have not had any mood swings or anything like that. What do you take? :)

08-14-2013, 10:17 AM
namaste- Last year the doctor gave me phentermine but it only helped suppress my appetite for like 2 months worked well tho i lost like 25lbs. So I have been on the search for a new one that will help me I took other WL pills but they were not appetite suppressants so they did nothing for me! and I have came across A.C.E and so far (been on it 3 weeks this sat) I love it, it suppresses my appetite and gives me more energy which leaves me less moody and feeling good!

08-14-2013, 10:26 AM
Momof3- Sounds great! I was given a free sample of a WL supplement to review for my website and I tried it, and it totally changed my mood and weight and everything. It is called BMR Bliss and has two other pills that go with it. I have taken it for almost a month and a half and I feel great! :)

08-14-2013, 02:15 PM
Hey Jessica! Great question, it's gotta be the toughest thing about dieting right?!

Well, this time I'm extra motivated which is all me but I get help with the avoiding binging by taking phentermine and a weight loss supplement called phen caps. I take phentermine in the morning and then a phen cap at lunch and I'm good to go the whole day. I've surprised myself at how well I've done, even when I had to eat out twice last week, but thanks to some great advice on here I was able to order smart and still lost 3lbs in a week! So I don't feel so hungry but I do still think about the foods I like and the tastes I miss.

One tip I read is that you should save a treat for when you're basically full so you still get it but you don't binge on it. Like a couple sqaures of dark chocolate after dinner. That way I don't feel deprived and my need to have something sweet after dinner is satisfied.

08-15-2013, 03:33 PM
thank you. Good luck to you to! I know what you mean thats how I feel in the begining to. But feeling deprived and countless binges is what made me leave alst time. Hearing all these awesome responses and how everyone deals with them helps so much!

thats really awesome! im goin to try to keep that in mind! thank you!

Interesting. Ya I know what you mean I am on day 3 of back on plan. :) :carrot: woo woo! we are back!

AHH! The dreaded emotional and bored eating! I do that to! Having safe foods around helps like crazy! Thanks for the reminder.

thats interesting. Ya my binging occured after Calorie counting and dieting for a year. I think I need to keep in mind that I can do the whole portion control thing.

i love that! I commit to not disapearing and reminding myself Im not being deprived. i always say I am an all or nothing kinda girl but I think its time to form new habits. I think Im going to work on being an in moderation kinda girl.

Ooh thats a really great idea/rule. I love it! Thanks!

i feel ya this is my cause sometimes to.

thank you for that remnder. I havent had the greatest relationship with food. im going to look into working on that and start. thank you!

Hey! what appetite suppresents do you use? Sometimes I just feel like I am starving!

08-15-2013, 03:36 PM
hmmmmmm that whole name quote thingy didnt work :/

08-15-2013, 06:05 PM
Lol Jess I wish I knew which was which but I can figure it out, lol.

I use a locally-produced (I'm in StL metro) supplement called BMR Bliss. It comes with Thyro-Drive and Downtime PM, you can get them as a set for $183 online or $150 in stores (depending on your store) or you can get them individually for around $40-$60. Trust me in that I would never spend that much if they weren't a complete godsend for me. Not only have I lost 16 lbs as of today, I have started running, had much better clarity and focus (I have ADHD and depression and respond horribly to traditional meds most of the time) and my depression is gone. And so is my tendency to eat. I am still getting used to it, since eating and binge eating has been such a huge part of my life, but it's nice. :) I hate to sound like a walking commercial for anything, but this has been great for me and I hope you can find something that helps you.

08-16-2013, 04:50 AM
I notice I binge when I am bored or have not treated myself in a while. I'm working towards an attitude that food is necessary to survive and not so much should be my focus. I'm reading a book called "Made to Crave" by Lysa Turkest (sp?) with my best friend, and we're looking at it more of a Christian point of view. Maybe you can consider looking at it from a different point of view on a more Christian level.

I also have to learn to want healthy snacks, or ways to make them sweet and healthy. I'm retraining my taste buds to have a plate of fruit for dessert rather than ice cream. Things like that.

I think for everyone their reasons for breaking are different. This is why charting your diet is so important because you can learn your habits and adjust for them.

08-16-2013, 11:18 AM

I am using A.C.E Apetite, control, Energy. it has been amazing and actually my husband has put on a horrible amount of weight im talking 50lbs in just a few months! for a male in general thats a ton! I dont know if you remember or even if i choose to share when we were both on here before but he had cancer....thankfully it was removed and so he hasnt been able to do much physical activity and he is a eater big big big time! well i got him to try A.C.E three days ago and i have noticed a huge difference in how much he is eating :) what namaste is taking sounds great but if you are looking for one a little less expense you can get a bottle of A.C.E for 60 you can also get trials 7 packets with 2 pills each for 15$ or 14packs for $30.....and so on. just make sure you do not order it on any websites order it right thro a distributor I can help you with that if you are interested I do not sell it myself but i said if it got me down to even 180 i would deff consider it :) but i can hook you up with my distributor :) if you decide to try it.