18. Good + bad foods = binge eating?

May 01, 2020

Believing there are good and bad foods, or cheat and non cheat, or any other black and white break down is a distorted way to think of food. Such labeling of food often leads to binge eating. 

There is no such thing as good food or bad food. Or a right food or wrong food. There is no such thing as a fattening food or fat burning food.

If you want to lose fat the only way to do it is to be in a calorie deficit. It doesn’t matter where the calories come from in a purely a fat loss perspective. As long as you are eating in a calorie deficit you will lose fat.

Now, that's not permission to go eat shit. That’s not saying go eat pizza and ice cream and Twinkies and donuts. It is saying that IF you have them, IF you include them in moderation in your diet, and as long as your calories are in check, you can still:

  • Lose fat
  • Increase definition
  • Improve body composition

And I say this because when people binge eat a lot of the time the issue is that they eat something that they think is bad and then they follow this pattern: 

  1. They eat it
  2. They think they f***ed up
  3. They say “Well, I already f***ed up, I might as well keep going. I’ll get back on track tomorrow. Or I’ll get back on track on Monday.”

The process of eating something they deem as bad perpetuates the negative cycle of “I screwed up, I might as well keep screwing up.”

And this is so important to understand because if you stop the initial thought you can put a stop to the cycle and end your habit of binge eating much quicker than it developed. Remember, there is no bad foods. When you truly believe this you can eat anything without the guilt of consuming something naughty setting in and sparking the cycle. 

So drop the food labels that lead to binge eating. 

Binge eating starts by feeling deprived. And while it is true you need to deprive yourself of calories to lose fat you don't need to deprive any foods specifically. If you enjoy cereal, cookies, and chips and maintain your calorie control you will still lose fat. A fat loss approach that allows for all the food you love squashes the feeling of deprivation binge eating finds its footing on. 

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