A little background: I've been binge eating and obese my whole life. I've been yo-yo dieting for years. A year ago I started losing weight by exercising and counting calories and easily dropped 75 pounds in 6 months. Then in the last 6 months I went through some major life changes and I gained 20 pounds back thanks to binge eating 3-7 days a week. I've still been exercising very regularly, otherwise I would have gained a lot more than 20 pounds back. Right now I have about 40 more pounds to lose.
A couple weeks ago I think I finally figured out the main reason why I binge eat: when I want/need attention from other people and I don't get it, I eat. When I lost 75 pounds, I was doing it for attention. Resisting binge eating has been a lot easier ever since I figured this all out and I've lost 15 of the 20 pounds I gained. But I'm worried that it's not going to stay easy for long. What do I do when I need attention and I'm not getting it, when my solution to that has always been food? I know it's normal to want/need attention, but I feel like I just want/need more than the average person and I don't know why.