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How an Inner Fat Kid Stopped Binge Eating

(This post is dedicated to coach Ben Tormey for helping me finally kill my inner binge demons. If you are in need of someone to help you cope with binge eating, there is no one that I recommend more highly than Ben.)

I've struggled with binge eating for as long as I can remember.

Some people might be shocked by this, but for those of you who know me offline and have seen me scarf down not just one whole – but two or more pizzas – you already knew this.

For the most part my binge eating is completely under control; that is, I only binge eat for funsies. Let's face it, there are few things more fun than shoveling a bevy of delicious pastries down your throat until you create the perfect environment for mandatory nap time. I take that back. It's more fun if it's after all-you-can-eat sushi.

Anyway, I don't know anyone with a more powerful "inner fat kid" than myself. Here's how I was able to squash binge eating in its tracks for both me and my clients:

The Health Food Trap

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As a trainer who specializes in weight loss, I’ve had hundreds of conversations about diet. Specifically, people want to know which diet they should follow or which foods they should eat in order to lose weight. By now, you’d think I would be used to the way these conversations go, but I still frequently find myself surprised by the misconceptions so many people have about the food they eat.

In reality, there is just one main misconception that has several parts to it. This myth is the belief that “Healthy Food Will Help Me Lose Weight.” Foods that are labeled and marketed as healthy must be good for weight loss, right? Unfortunately, not.

In the first place, many of these foods are not all that healthy, the people selling them have just learned what kind of language and packaging to use in order to make you think they are. Foods that are “all natural” and “low fat” and “organic” may be all of those things, but that doesn’t mean that they’re healthy. In order for a food to be healthy, it needs to provide significant amounts of what your body needs, and scarce amounts of what it does not.

Next, even if a food is healthy, it won’t help you lose weight unless it is also relatively low in calories. Whole wheat bread is undeniably healthier than white bread, but it has exactly the same number of calories, making it a poor choice for weight loss.

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