Binge eating usually comes like a tidal wave. Suddenly, an enormous hunger attacks you and you feel helpless to fight it. It doesn’t matter what causes a binge eating attack, it is always hard to face.
However, if you want to end binge eating know that there are things you can do. In fact, there’s a very simple step which I’ve used myself and it has helped me a great deal. I call it the Power of the Pause, and it goes something like this.
Whenever you want to stop binge eating, you need to break the process that got you there. Usually, you get a crave, rush to the fridge or the fast food joint, eat without even thinking about it, and then feel guilty and ashamed.
The truth is that once you have the food in your hand, there is no way you’ll be able to stop this binge eating attack from happening. You have to stop the crave from making you overeat. For that, you need the Power of the Pause.
The Power of the Pause is a technique by which you distance the craving from the action you take to get the food. Since it is often hard to differentiate an emotional craving from true physical hunger, this is something you need to do before every time you eat. Whenever, you feel hunger, you need to stop and take some form of action that will take your mind off your hunger. Some people simply count to ten and breathe deeply. Others do some sit ups or go for a walk. You need to see what works for you and tweak it.
For instance, if counting to 10 doesn’t work, then go for 20 or 30. If you need to get away from the fridge then take a walk. You make the pause into your own. But whatever you do, you must program your body and mind to realize that you’re in control, that no craving is sending you to binge no more. If you do that, you will regain control of what you eat and stop binge eating.
Of course, you will still have work to do in figuring out why you binge in the first place, but with the Power of the Pause, you’ve taken a major step to a better life.
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John Davenport lost over 30 pounds in his twenties after being overweight most of his life. He now runs a weight loss forum and publishes a diet and fitness newsletter. John helps people to better deal with emotional eating on this website: