Progression from Binge Eating to Weight Loss: Emotions

This is a transcript of an episode of the Breaking Up With Binge Eating Podcast. If you'd prefer to listen, you can do that right here, or just keep reading.


“I’m seriously confused”, wrote Christine.

“It’s my first week in your Ceasefire course for binge eating, and I’m studying everything carefully! It advises eating 5 or 6 times a day, but then in the weight loss course it says eating 3 or 4 times is best for weight loss. I want to do that course in the future, and I know I need to stop binge eating first. But here’s my concern: If I need to eat 5 or 6 times a day to avoid a binge, won’t I just start binge eating again if I drop to 3 or 4 meals? How will I ever lose weight?”

Christine’s question is so common that I have been dying to address it in an episode. In short, the answer is that eating 5 or 6 times a day is the first stage in a progression, it’s the meal pattern that works best WHILE you...

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Progression from Binge Eating Recovery to Weight Loss: Stopping At Satisfied

This is a transcript of the January 16, 2020 episode of the Breaking Up With Binge Eating podcast. If you prefer to listen instead of read, go for it here!

Have you ever seen memes of "cake decorating fails?" They crack me up. If you don't know what I'm talking about, I'll explain. Cake decorating has pretty much become fine art, there are professionals who rival Michelangelo with what they can sculpt out of frosting. I’m talking roses that look completely lifelike, cakes that look like unicorns, cakes with ice skating penguins on top… it’s incredible! 

Cake decorating fails are the hilarious photos of what happens when average non-Michelangelo’s try to decorate cake like one of the masters. A cake that’s supposed to look like a smiling Disney princess comes out looking like a grimacing monster. A cake that’s supposed to be a cute little Easter lamb looks like roadkill. They often put the “expectation” on the left, which...

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How To Get Un-Stuck and Back To "I Can Do This"

I just can’t do it. Can’t seem to get back on to 3 meals a day without snacking – it’s like a default setting, especially when I’m in work. Even when I’m full. Especially when I have tummy ache which is pretty much all the time lately. I want to, but I can’t. 

Thank you for sharing how you are feeling. You are asking for help, and that is awesome. You have done the next positive thing you could think to do, which was to reach out for support. Give yourself credit for that. Woo! That is step one. We all feel sometimes like we are really stuck, like we can't. It's just a feeling, it will come and go. It doesn't mean you actually can't do something just because you feel like you can't. 

Second, remember you are a person, not a robot. That is okay and normal and we like that here. Be flail-y, be lost, be whatever you need to be in this moment. We are all right here for you, we’ve been where you are, we...

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Progression from Binge Eating Recovery to Weight Loss: Hunger

To keep binges at bay, it's best -- at least initially -- to eat frequently enough and avoid getting hungry. But as you probably guessed, that can prevent weight loss if you kept it up forever. What's a person to do if they want to eventually be able to lose weight? In this episode, we walk you though the steps we use with our clients to move away from binge eating and towards a healthy lifetime weight, getting to know and relate to hunger in new, positive, healthy ways.

This is a transcript of an episode of the Breaking Up With Binge Eating Podcast. If you'd prefer to listen, you can do that right here, or just keep reading.


“Deer in the headlights”, would be the best way to describe the look on Bethany’s face.

She was speechless, motionless. I was coaching her over a video chat and had just brought up the idea that the next skill we might explore was feeling hunger. From the look on her face, you’d have thought I said “Let’s throw steaks...

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Breaking Up With Binge Eating FAQ

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Questions about Breaking Up with Binge Eating

We get a lot of questions about our approach to binge patterns and emotional overeating, and about our Breaking Up with Binge Eating program specifically.

And I love that. It means you're taking a thoughtful approach to your health goals, instead of chasing the latest fads like nearly everyone else.

Here are some questions we've seen about the program and our approach:

Q. I've already tried everything else. Why would this work for me?

A. It's so easy to get demoralized with weight management and restoring a healthy relationship with food because so much diet advice is flat-out terrible.

We all see those friends who lose weight on that new diet. What we don't see is the rebound overeating, diet fatigue, and eventual weight regain (usually ending up bigger than you were before) -- because those aren't things most folks put on Instagram.

If you've tried and failed on the traditional diet cycle, that makes you 100% normal. The solution is to...

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Solving The Bread Dilemma

"When I eat bread, it's like a monster comes out. I have to stay away from it. Sugar too."

And that started my coaching call with Beth, a client who came to me for help losing weight and stopping binge eating. We had already completed several sessions and talked about her food difficulties, goals, and lifestyle but something in her voice told me, “This just got real. It’s honesty time.”  I love those moments. As a coach, it’s when I get to begin my most meaningful work. 

Beth continues to tell me how the last few days have been terrible, eating wise. She felt drained from work, yet the work kept coming. For the next 3 months, it wouldn't let up. Instead of sleeping enough, or walking outside to deal with the intense pressure, she bought and finished a box of crackers. Then cake. Then lots of bread, one slice at a time, until the loaf was gone.  A Mars bar wrapper on her desk stared at her, reminding her of more things she must have eaten but...

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From Binge Eating To Weight Loss

As nutrition coaches, people come to us when they are stuck and not making progress. One particularly challenging and recurring example of this is people who struggle with binge eating and excess weight, both of which they would like to lose for good. It's not hard to see that binge eating (consuming objectively large amounts of food in a single sitting while feeling out of control) is counterproductive to weight loss. What's harder to see is why someone in this situation actually shouldn't try to work on both goals at the same time.

Working on weight loss is counterproductive to binge eating recovery, however, binge eating recovery is the single best step toward weight loss and attaining a healthy weight.

Is that a mind-bender or what? Let's explore.

Friends and families of our clients who fit this profile often know them as the Super Healthy Eaters, who never seem to eat any sweets, or maybe they are the strict Paleo dieter in their circle of friends. They may have...

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