As you learn about nutrition, you will come to notice that not everyone is the same and different things work better for different people. There’s not a one diet solution, and multiple factors influence the technique and effectiveness of diet and nutrition. Today, we’re targeting binge eating and its possible causes. It’s easy to love food, but having a steady balance in how much you are consuming is crucial. Here are some reasons for you to consider when you find yourself falling into a pattern of overeating, and to help you beat the binge!

A diet that is too low in calories
You care about your appearance, but your body doesn’t – its primary concern is survival. When you deprive yourself and then binge eat, you’re turning your body into a fat storing machine, and this brand of “nutrition” slows your metabolism to a crawl.

Lack of Sleep
A study in the Journal of Sleep Research found that a single night of poor sleep resulted in hunger levels and appetite-stimulating ghrelin levels to rise drastically.  In addition, if you’re feeling tired and grumpy after a bad night’s sleep, sticking to a nutrition plan will be more challenging.

Excessive cardio
If you’re a steady state cardio bunny you could find that your hunger levels drastically increased. A study of German cyclists found that their production of the appetite-stimulating hormone ghrelin rose significantly after a 120-minute low-to-moderate intensity exercise session, but not nearly so much after high-intensity workouts of any duration.

A diet that is too low in fat
Most people decide to lose weight by consuming a diet of low-density food that’s low in fat and high in carbohydrates, causing their bodies to desperately crave fats and sugar. This is not going to help you maintain a balanced, nutrient rich diet.

Emotional relationship with food
Clinical psychologist Michael Mantell explains that all types of bingeing are “ways of dealing with negative emotions”. Everyone has their coping mechanism, but emotional eating is often characterized by weight gain or an inability to lose weight, and feeling shame and powerlessness. It is important to be mindful of emotional eating patterns to help you put mind over matter