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S: 13st7lb C: 13st7lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 30.5 Loss: 0st0lb(0%)
Hi all, I'm starting SW on wed. Just doing it at home as I hate the classes.
I'm a serial binge eater and it's really getting me down. It's not emotional eating. I'm not depressed, I'm not stressed and there's been no big drama's in my life to trigger it. I just seem to be really greedy.
I've started so many diets and never succeeded as if I even step a tiny bit outta line it all goes out the window and I eat for Ireland..!!! And when I do decide to embark on a new weightloss journey I would have a huge binge in a 'last supper' kind of way. I have ate so much crap today I actually feel sick. :-(

So my question is...
Are there any of you out there that have been in a similar position and what have u done to try to overcome it.??
I have got the 'beck diet solution' book which is based on CBT and also Linda Spangle's '100 days of weightloss'. So I'm hoping these will help me along a bit.

Any advice much appreciated. Thanks :) xx
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S: 23st12lb C: 19st0.5lb G: 13st0lb BMI: 41.7 Loss: 4st11.5lb(20.21%)
That could have been me writing that! I'm exactly the same! All I think about is food...after breakfast I plan dinner, and panic if I don't know when I'm next going to eat! I love slimming world as it let's me eat as much as I want, and nbecause I can eat what I want and when I want I tend not to over eat! I don't know why but it helps to know that I'm in control and losing weight and still eating. I don't eat till I feel sick anymore and instead of jst eating for eating sake I plan my meals and enjoy food again. I don't even panic when I go for a meal anymore, I choose what I like but get it tweaked , today I had steak and salad instead of steak with butter and chips. I didn't want a dessert so came home and had a muller light....because I wanted too!
S: 12st13lb G: 9st7lb
Hi. I am and was a binge eater but now instead of the cookies and muffins i used to binge on i now eat a lot of fruit.

I think it becomes an obsessive thing. I put all my efforts into exercise now and whenever i feel like binging i turn the kinect on or go for a walk.

I also listened to paul mkennas hypnotheropy thing every night gor 2 weeks i think this really helped x

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy sII using MiniMins. **** 21.5lbs gone 26.5 to go!!!! ****


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S: 18st11.5lb C: 18st11.5lb G: 12st12lb BMI: 43.8 Loss: 0st0lb(0%)
Hiya, I have the beck diet book too. I started off well but then forgot about it so my too would be to put it in slight! Lol

I too have a nasty habit of binge eating. I think it come from when I was a kid and mum and me would have a 'pig out' night. It was always when mum was down so I kind of picked up the habit! Oops.
I think you just have to be really strong and think about if you actually really need to eat 5 packs of crisps, choc bars and pizza.
I've been told that drinking water instead helps stop the hunger or need to binge.

I love this site and if you ever feel the need to binge, pop on here and look at peoples before and after posts or write an SOS post for support :)

Good luck in beating this, we can do it if we put our minds to it x
S: 14st12lb C: 13st8lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 35.9 Loss: 1st4lb(8.65%)
OMG! this is sooooo refreshing! I though i was the only one!!!! I am the official serial dieter! you name it ive done it! including Lighter life! I put the full 3 stone back on cos im a greedy binge eating thing!!! been to every class! every diet book, could write my own in fact. I eat to excess before i start each new one and put on more, then am good for a few days , weeks or even a month some times , then bang the binge monster in released! which could lasts for weeks! so here i am again!!i think iam on every forum on here saying the same thing!! well noe its d day, as off on holiday in 7 weeks, i know sw red days works for me so lets do it! I cant give any advice on how to stop the binge diet cycle as im in it!! good luck my fellow bingers!!!xxxxx


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S: 17st13.5lb C: 17st8lb G: 9st0lb BMI: 45 Loss: 0st5.5lb(2.19%)
This is exactly me and sw has made me a less of a binger. I havent totally stopped but my binges are not as worse. When you start seeing the pounds drop that is the biggest motivator for me not to binge. When i do binge i let it out of my system and than draw a line and start again. At first i used to find it hard to draw a line but now that i have started seeing small physical changes in me i dont want to sabotage it. The first step is admitting your problem which you have and the second is the solution. For me i usually fill my house with my fav fruit or veg which is necterines right now and i binge on those and has helped me as instead of gaining 4 lbs i have lost 4 lbs last week. This week i had three days where i had almond magnums plus my normal syns which took me over but since yesterday i have been back on plan 100% with a lot less syns x if you ever need to talk or anything feel free to pm me x
S: 12st7lb C: 10st0lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 22.6 Loss: 2st7lb(20%)
I'm such a terrible binge eater, but only in the evenings when i get bored!
I started SW last week, but i started it on Extra Easy.
I noticed that because i could have ham for free, i was eating a whole packet. So because there was so much choice of free food, i was still binging. But then on the evening, i would go way over my syns.
I was then doing the whole 'it's ok, i'll start again tomorrow', which made tme think it was ok to eat even more.

So, on sunday i started on Green. 3 days in, no binging!
I think maybe because i can have an extra HB & HA option, i'm getting more satification and not as greedy with my foods.

I won't go going back to EE any time soon! Not until my goal weight (as this is a lifetime diet for me..as it seems to keep my Blood sugars under control!!)

Oh, i also found that the Alpen bars (Mainly chocolate & Orange) satisfy my binge eating (if i do feel tempted). I have about 3 a day. 1 in the morning and 2 in the evening. Which equals 9 sysn :)


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S: 15st3.5lb C: 12st10.5lb G: 10st10lb BMI: 26.4 Loss: 2st7lb(16.39%)
Ahh me too! So nice to know we're not alone in this!!

I joined back to class last night though and that should kick the nasty binging habit!!

And I second the alpen lights :D


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I used to binge a lot, and eat so much of everything until i felt really sick. I would have donuts, chocolate, crisps, pizza, snacks, anything that was picky.

I also found i would have a little picnic of lots of different things, which i found made me 'mentally' think i hadnt eaten as much, as there was such a range of foods i was binging on. So a bag of donuts, in custard and jam, i might only manage 2 of each in the first binge, so that wasnt bad really - see the stupid logic there???

I have slowly stopped binging. I think about doing it a lot of the time - mostly evening and weekends, and can easily be swayed into a shop and end up buying a 'binge menu' of foods - without thinking until i am out the shop. Now though i slowly have something each day. It is so hard and i dont know how i stop myself going on a binge, but i do.

I also shop online 90% of the time, so i dont get tempted. I have often put a load of naughties in my online trolly and then amended my trolly days later when i am feeling more in control of myself.

I think having lost 5 stone now, i feel better in myself, how i look etc, and i dont deserve to self harm myself with binge eating.

I know my reply doesnt have the magic answer, but i hope it shows you that you can get past your binge monsters. You can win.

Lots of Love, x


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S: 27st8.5lb C: 17st3lb G: 16st7.5lb BMI: 36.6 Loss: 10st5.5lb(37.65%)
I used to be a total binger, anything and everything, multiple bags of crisps, three or four crisp sarnies with inches of Lurpak, multiple bottles of wine, multiple entire packs of biscuits/doughnuts/ice cream/whatever, whenever. I used to love going to the supermarket, Id spend ages walking down every aisle looking for things that looked tasty and buying several of each, I didn't want to leave anything that looked nice behind... And then when I got in Id eat as much of it as I could just so it wasn't there when my partner got back. Other bits I'd hide. I'd order a large Domino's at lunchtime with extra cheese, wedges, onion rings and coleslaw.

I hardly ever do anything like this now cos I've got more time so I plan in advance - and I think what Ellebear said, the last month or two I've been ordering online so I only put what I need in my basket. Occasionally I wander off and look at other stuff and end up doing what I used to do in the supermarket, packing loads of yummy stuff - but so far (touch wood!) I've combed through the trolley before I check out the night before delivery and made myself throw out stuff that I shouldn't be having. Its easier to control yourself buying online, I would never have taken something back or not bought it once I was at a real checkout.

I just feel like a totally different person now and can't imagine how I did things like that. :confused: But I know I still *am* that person and I could do it again any time of things go wrong.


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S: 11st7lb C: 10st3lb G: 9st3lb BMI: 26.2 Loss: 1st4lb(11.18%)
I have always binged when I started sw and lost weight it has helped as I always feel full but sometimes I feel like I want to binge and I have fallen off the wagon many of times! But the utter guilt I feel after is not worth it honestly think I have a problem sometimes as even if I have a packet of crisps and I am within Syn allowance I give myself a hard time and can't stop regretting it so I do my best to avoided feeling like that!! But there is no answer it is just time and motivation :)


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S: 13st5.0lb G: 10st7.0lb
Me too - a big binger. The food is never in the house but I'll gladly call into the shop on my way own and buy: cookies, family bar of chocolate, family bag of crisps, piles of sweets etc....until I feel sick! And like you, can't see a link with stress, I just do it! I try to treat myself to a magazine in the shop as opposed to junk, and a bottle of diet coke so I feel I have something. It's really hard......xx
S: 20st5lb C: 18st11.5lb G: 15st0lb Loss: 1st7.5lb(7.54%)
I'm another binge eater, mine is more emotional, when I'm ill or when I feel I should celebrate something. I've tried SW a few times before and the binges would occur a few weeks in and I'd completely blow it.

Today i feel really ill and a dit down, I went to supermarket after work intent on getting comfort food. Instead I got lots of fruit, jacket spuds and low fat choc mousse :) feel like I've turned a corner today. I still got my 'binge effect' of buying lots of yummy food but it's all syn free or low syn instead.

At least with SW you can binge on free food, so I guess you could make a huge pile of SW chips, or big plate of pasta with tomato sauce etc. For the sweet hit, a whole packet of jelly made up is only 2 syns :)

Good luck hun

S: 13st7lb C: 13st7lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 30.5 Loss: 0st0lb(0%)
thank you so much for ur honest replies ladies. :)

i really really need to get a grip on this...
i am soo disgusted with myself. i had another binge day today. another day where i said i am starting tomorrow so will eat all the nice stuff and get it out of my system...
problem is....i feel sooooo sick now. :sigh::sigh:

ive had enough of feeling like this. it is not doing my body or my brain any good. i feel sluggish and fat and im fed up of hovering around the same weight...lose a stone...gain a stone...lose a stone..gain a stone...it is a constant battle.

i weighed myself this evening and have managed to put 5lbs on in a week. :cry::cry:
my current weight is 13st 9lbs.

well that is going to be the last time i ever see that weight again. I AM STARTING SW TOMORROW AND NEVER LOOKING BACK..!!

i am going to start a diary in the diaries section and track my progress and come on here for help and support.

this really has to be the end of my yo yo dieting. my lifestyle well and truly needs to be changed. and im the only person in this world that can do that..

wish me luck ladies. and thanks again for all the replies. it is a comfort to know that im not alone but with the right mindset i can try to combat my dirty relationship with food.

i wish u all the very best on your weightloss journeys. xxx
S: 21st7lb C: 21st7lb G: 17st12lb BMI: 42 Loss: 0st0lb(0%)
I am a binger too - used to have bulimia but for the last two decades I stopped the purging but kept on with the binging - hence weighing 23 stones at the start of last year!:eek: (By the way - I'm not talking about about eating a whole chocolate bar or tub of icecream, I'm talking about eating HUGE ammounts of food in one sitting - to the point where I could barely move.)

With SW I found the frequency and severity of the binges started to reduce steadily, partly because I was giving my body lots of healthy food so my nutrition levels were good but mostly (I think) because SW gives you a really good 'framework' for thinking about food ie no food is 'bad' or banned and you are encouraged to make good choices. Making choices equals being in control in my book and this is the first time in my adult life that I feel I have some sort of control about food.

The good news is that the effect carries on! I came off plan in October after losing 50lbs and have only put on 2lbs in that whole time! I restarted SW on Monday, ready to tackle to the next 50lb and I know that although I will have blips every now and again, my binging is probably 20% of what it used to be and will become even less as time goes.

So, to all us serial bingers - good luck!
Well here we go - I am a bit of a binger and emotional eater. I just don't like thinking about every calorie I put into my mouth as it really stresses me out. And I like the taste of food - there worst thing for me are buffets!!! I just have to try a little bit of everything. I don't just shovel down food that I don't like.

Since starting Slimming World I think my cravings have calmed down. I think that has to do with the fact that it brings down you blood sugar levels hence you are less likely to crave for food even if you are not hungry.

I just don't bother that much anymore - Although I have to be careful when I socialize with friends.

Mrs V

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S: 21st7lb C: 12st5lb G: 11st0lb Loss: 9st2lb(42.52%)
I was a bing eater too. It got to the stage where even after eating out at an all you can eat buffet, I would be rummaging through cupboards 20 minutes later. At 21 and a half stone, I would wake with chest pains, but even that warning didnt really put me off eating rubbish to excess. Eventually it was my daughter who said to me "mummy, why don't you run with me in the park?". I took a drastic measure that I had to seriously think through and had a gastric band fitted. Not an easy decision at all!! I physically cannot eat large quantities, but I still follow the sw plan and still loose weight slowly.
It isn't easy changing your habits and you really have to want it enough. It can happen though!

S: 13st5lb C: 12st3lb G: 7st7lb BMI: 31.3 Loss: 1st2lb(8.56%)
I feli like I've been reading about me.I can go through the whole week being good and sticking to the plan but then this awful feling comes and I feel I HAVE TO EAT!!! I love my sweets, cakes and chocolate- and my biggest mistake is to buy them thinking I will be able to eat one at a time and syn it...no no no...i end up eating them all at one go!
Starting fresh today, I've decided to fill in S.A.S. log every day until Saturday (my weigh in day). I also wrote down my sabotage techniques- looking at them make me more aware of my mistakes. And my biggest challenge for today- to make a food plan for a week.
We are in this together and the best thing it that there is always somebody here we can talk to!xxx

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