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I did not become a coach in psychology of binge eating because my relationship to food has always been sweet.
Since puberty, I had a constant mission to lose weight. In college, I saw a nutritionist; in high school, I tried Weight Watchers; When I was 17, I bought Adderall from a classmate to suppress my appetite during the day, then to gorge myself on "Cookie Cereal" (milk chocolate chip cookies) at night. . and when I worked at the restaurant, a medium shift included snacks all night and ended with a hamburger at 2 am, a salad and a biscuit in the pan.
Then I discovered Whole30. That attracted me with rigidity. Strict and fast rules. The promise that "This is not a diet! It's a reset! The day I started Whole30, I got up, I used an eyeliner to draw a 30-day countdown on my mirror, accompanied by an inspiring language titled "You Have This! And carefully planned my next meals. The thing about diets is that the first day is the best day. All the promises of control, the body you want and the best of a "plan" give you a false sense of security, but very comforting.
The 30-day diet of this founder Melissa Urban impulses is "not a diet" was strict, hard and for me, miraculous.
Fifteen days after the start of the program, I felt like a new person. I was lighter and more energetic, I slept soundly and I was much more attentive to what I ate every day. But once the 30 days passed, I thought it was Christmas morning (or Yom Kippur breakfast, in my case).
I've been doing Whole30 five or six times. Each time, one or two days after the completion of the work, I felt like a total failure.
A year later, when I started my coaching practice in Food Psychology, I realized that I was not alone. One of the common and unrestrained side effects of the "miraculous" Whole30 is that it often ends – either on the 31st day or much earlier – with a frenzy. Eight of my nine clients who reported having a weight and health problems said they had had binge eating after the end of the 30 days.
It turns out that whether you call it a diet, a detox or a reset, controlling your diet with strict rules simply does not work if your goal is to lose weight.
Recent studies show that there is no evidence that weight loss programs help people lose weight in the long run. The failure rate, defined as gaining weight or not losing weight, is about 95% (some say higher), and attempting to lose weight is actually a powerful predictor of gaining weight. weight. In other words, the more you try to lose weight, the more chances you have to win it.
Diets not only lead to weight gain, but are also a common precursor to eating disorders, especially among young women. In a three-year 1991 study, 14-year-old girls on "severe" diets were 18 times more likely to develop an eating disorder than those who did not. And those who followed a "moderate" diet were five times more likely to develop a eating disorder.
Many proponents of paleo, keto or Whole30 will say ad nauseam that these are lifestyles and not diets, but if an individual adopts these dietary habits in a diet or weight control mood, he or she actually becomes diet. Founder Whole30 Melissa Urban may not be trying to lose weight, but the reality is that most of us who try to manipulate our food, especially women, do so with the desire to change our appearance, often through weight .
Isabel Foxen Duc, a diet recovery coach and creator of the Stop Fighting Food movement, is convinced that binge eating is the direct and inevitable result of real or perceived restrictions and deprivation. This means that, whether you eat the pizza or not, and feel guilty about guilt, there is a good chance that you will find yourself in a frenzy. In fact, Foxen Duke has renamed the term binge eating a "reactionary diet," noting in his Masterclass Stop Fighting Food that in reaction to the diet culture.
As a coach in food psychology, I found that we could not cancel the cycle of dieting and weight gain without understanding what underlies our constant desire to lose weight. Basically, dieting is a coping mechanism, not a healthy diet. We are not born to want to change bodies, but billions of dollars are spent telling us that we should do it.
I have come to believe that, to end the cycle of excessive consumption of food, it required an inherent acceptance of the bodies in which we are. We must not like it, but we can start by accepting it. Geneen Roth, who has written many books on body image and dieting, says in her book, Women, food and god"If you try to lose weight by shaming yourself, by depriving yourself and by fearing yourself, you will end up ashamed, frightened and frightened, kindness comes first, always."
Stress degrades our body's ability to tell us when we are hungry and when we are full. The more we worry about diet and weight, the harder it is to hear these biological signals. I believe that finding self-acceptance and reducing diet rules and restrictions is the only long-term solution.
For me, the first step in getting out of the Whole30-binge cycle was simply to draw attention to my obsession. As Roth writes: "If you pay attention when you are hungry, what your body wants, what you eat, when you have enough, you put an end to the obsession because the obsession and awareness can not coexist. " The more we become aware from one moment to the next, the more we can understand the wisdom behind excessive consumption: what does it react to and where does it come from.
Appeared originally on Bon Appétit