Monday, April 15, 2013

How Binge Eating Affects Your Fitness Outlook

How many of you have ever completely fallen off your fitness plan after several weeks of following a strict workout program and a clean diet? Maybe you went several months of having razor sharp focus and discipline only to mess everything up with one bad cheat meal that spiraled out of control into a 2-3 week crazy binge. That one small hiccup just completely derails all of your focus to stay on track and the only thing you can think of is eating more and more food while being an lazy sloth with absolutely zero amount of exercise during these depressing days. All you want to do is stay in bed or curled up on the couch all day with the curtains drawn while watching endless movies and munching on your favorite sweet and salty foods that are on the forbidden cheat list.

Why do you think we do this to ourselves? Are we being too stringent on our fitness plan and is it just some weird kind of decompression mechanism for letting go and not having to always worry about each and every calorie that goes into our mouths along with stressing out about making absolutely sure we get in our cardio and weight training workout every day?

Many of you who have started a workout plan due to being overweight and out of shape usually have some type of issue with food. That’s one of the main reasons why we all get started on the fitness path, right? We need to drop some extra pounds, so we push ourselves to adhere to a diet and exercise plan in order to burn off body fat, increase our energy levels and live a healthier lifestyle. If we didn’t have underlying issues with food, we most likely would not have that additional 20-40 pounds of flabby weight hanging on our bodies.

The question we need to ask ourselves is whether we need to do more than just go to the gym 3-4 days per week and watch those extra carbs in our diet. Maybe we need to look even deeper within ourselves and ask the important question of why we use food as a drug to help us deal with emotional issues. Maybe it’s too much stress at work or at home with your spouse and kids that is causing you to fall off the wagon and break your fitness plan every 2-3 months. Just like people who use drugs like cocaine or nicotine (smoking) when they run into a stressful situation, your drug of choice is most likely food and this is the go-to source of your relaxation solution that you choose when you want to unplug from the daily stresses of your life.

So, for anyone who has ongoing food issues and has dealt with these problems of slipping up and falling off the fitness wagon over the years even though you have been trying to follow a healthy eating plan and exercise routine, let everyone know your story and how you have managed to help resolve these issues with tips to assist others to hopefully find peace with their underlying problems.