I also find that the advice of having several small meals throughout the day does not work for me. When I sit down to eat, I want to have a full meal that usually comes out to 500-600ish calories and includes lots of whole grains, lean meat, and vegetables all together. I want to have a sandwich AND a side salad. It's not as satisfying if I eat them separately and it drives me to binge. As I'm a small-framed woman and I try to keep around 1200 calories/day, that leaves room for two big meals and a light snack or dessert.
I also don't eat breakfast. I haven't consistently eaten breakfast in the past few years because I don't get hungry until lunchtime. I've tried eating breakfast, and it hasn't seemed to make my binges any less frequent. It just adds calories early in my day when I don't even enjoy them.
And finally, I really can't say whether eating to satisfy a binge is effective for me or not. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. This week I'm going to try lightly exercising when cravings hit instead, because I've heard that can help and it certainly can't hurt.
Weight loss isn't one size fits all. The recommended strategies are the ones that statistically apply to the greatest number of people, but they won't work for everyone. As long as you are safe and healthy with your eating and exercise habits, it's best to just figure out what works for you.
Edited by: CHAOTICJEW at: 6/15/2020 (13:56)
As you hold on... as long as you do what's in your heart... I believe you can do the right thing.
current weight: 148.2
Fitness Minutes: (8,361)
470 8/8/19 3:02 P
When I think about what doesn't work for me, I second what DEBBIE1993 said about not eliminating foods and eating every couple hours. There ARE "bad" foods, and anyone who has the self-discipline to eat just a few bites on occasion probably doesn't have a weight problem to begin with. Sugar, saturated fats, and refined starches are BAD for you. They have no nutritional value, can be addictive, and will only raise your blood sugar. As for eating every few hours -- unless you're carefully monitoring portions, it's just too easy to overeat.
Another thing that doesn't work for me is treating the word "diet" like a four-letter word. I am ON A DIET. Permanently. I don't need to sugar-coat it by talking about lifestyle choices, health, etc. Keeping it that simple helps me stay focused.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Pounds lost: 0.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,109)
950 8/6/19 12:05 A
Small meals every few hours. Better for me to have three satisfying meals, and maybe one snack. Otherwise, close your lips; no tasting anything (except for coffee, tea or lemon water) regardless of calories.
Eating to satisfy a craving/not forbidding some foods. This is probably the worst advice ever given. There are some foods that will cause a binge. If you have a craving that lasts for more than a few days, that maybe a food that you shouldn't even take a bite of. When I skip it, I eventually forget it, and then, I get to live a calmer life.
Big breakfasts, when I'm not even hungry. Thank goodness, this fad seems to be losing steam.
Drinking more water than my body needs, because someone liked the number "8". I'm five foot tall, stay indoors and live a pretty sedentary life-a half-gallon of water per day is not happening.
I have tried WW, OA, TOPS, Nutrisystem, diet pills, and counting calories (which does work). I just need support through the challenge of weight loss. I lost 100 pounds just counting calories and kept it off for 15 years. Now, as I get older and less disciplined, I'm having trouble. I need a lot of support.