How many times have you not eaten a meal or snack because you ate too much the day before or because you haven’t trained today or you’ve been really lazy?
So you skip a meal or eat the lowest calorie thing you can find to compensate.
Then later, when you’re either really hungry because you’ve not eaten or you really want to eat certain foods because you now feel bad and want comfort food, you eat all the foods you enjoy but which also make you feel bad because they are ‘naughty’.
Then the next day the cycle begins again.
Or you are sticking really closely to a low calorie diet and creating a 500 calorie a day deficit. You do this for 30 days creating a 15,000 calorie deficit. But it’s hard to stick to, you always crave your favourite foods. You get to a weekend away, and you’ve been so so good recently so you think what the hell and eat anything and everything all weekend. Now you have 5,000 calories a day for 3 days, which is the same amount of calories that you just spent a month creating a deficit of.
You’ve deprived yourself so much that you feel you have to have a blow out and the blow out almost cancels out the progress.
Both of those situations are linked to how we view food; good and bad foods, naughty foods, how we deserve or don’t deserve food, how some foods should be avoided or we need to earn higher calories foods.
The problem with thinking about and labeling food in this way is your emotions affect what you eat and what you eat affects how you feel.
In other words we need to not feel guilt when we eat certain foods or certain amounts and accept that food is something that we use for energy. We can enjoy it and should enjoy it and yes, depending on the situation, we do also need to be aware of calorie values and how much or little we consume.
However labeling food does not help us, equally telling ourselves we much do a certain amount of activity to earn food is also damaging to our own self worth.
You need to eat a base number of calories every day for energy even if you stay in bed all day. Telling yourself you do not deserve to eat certain foods because you’ve not trained much is equally as bad for your own self worth as feeling bad about eating certain foods.
In finding a way of eating and training that you enjoy and is sustainable removes the guilt and the urges to binge and allows you to feel happy with your diet and nutrition routine.
We need to give ourselves unconditional permission to eat.