Fad Dieting And Binge Eating Disorder
Fad dieting is not healthy for anyone, but when you have binge eating disorder, fad dieting can be a symptom of your binge eating disorder and do serious damage to your mind and body. Almost everyone in the United States, at some point, has been on a fad diet. They are so ubiquitous in popular culture that very few have escaped the allure of the quick-fix fad diet, especially those with binge eating disorder.
Fad Dieting Is a Common Reality of Binge Eating Disorder
When you have an eating disorder, it's sometimes inevitable that you will try a fad diet. Fad dieting is popularized and sold as if they're fun, helpful, and will, ultimately, change your life. When you are already vulnerable to feelings of guilt and shame about your body and someone presents you with a way to stop feeling that way, it's incredibly logical for you to try it.
When I went in for my consultation for gastric weight loss surgery, I was asked to fill out a sheet with fad diets on it and to mark all of the ones I had tried. When I saw the massive list, I thought to myself, "I won't have much to fill out on this one." But as I went down the sheet, I realized just how many fad diets I had been on. Nutrisystem, Slim Fast, Atkins, South Beach, the list went on. The only thing all of these fad diets had in common was that none of them worked.
Fad Diets And The Cycle of Binge Eating Disorder
My personal experience with binge eating disorder and fad diets is as follows:
- Start the fad diet: I feel empowered and excited that this, finally this, will help me lose the weight and fix all of my problems.
- Success: A change in your diet, especially a drastic one, will at first yield some results. It makes you believe that the fad diet is working and you feel all the more set on seeing this through.
- Plateau: Once your body adjusts to your new eating and exercising habits, you plateau and stop losing weight. Now you are working really, really hard and getting no results. You might feel tired from not consuming enough food, run down from all of the exercise, and miserable from the restrictions you've placed upon yourself.
- Despair and giving up: It's easy to stay on a fad diet when you're seeing results, but when you feel miserable, you're not eating what you want, you're working out until you're uncomfortable, and then nothing happens, you're not going to stay on this diet for very long.
Should You Go on Fad Diets When You Have Binge Eating Disorder?
When you have binge eating disorder you need to be very careful about your eating habits and exercise and going on a fad diet is a quick way to disrupt both and frustrate yourself in the process.
Instead of going on the latest fad diet which promises to change your life, go see a binge eating disorder therapist, go talk to your doctor about healthy weight loss. Use your support network to help you through your journey and whatever you do, don't fall for the slick advertising that tells you losing weight is easy and effective with whatever method they're trying to peddle.
LaBranche, S. (2015, October 15). Fad Dieting And Binge Eating Disorder, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, September 21 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/bingeeatingrecovery/2015/10/binge-eating-disorder-and-fad-dieting