Eating right and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a lot harder than it seems. Even if you ate avocado toast for breakfast, you may still get a caramel macchiato on your way to work, completely cancelling out your healthy breakfast. You also will probably tell yourself you’ll just run it off on the treadmill later and it will be fine or you’ll just skip lunch. This is a classic act of binge eating. I’m guilty of it myself and it’s the most common but least talked about eating disorder.
Binge eating is when you eat too much junk food or high calorie foods so you compensate by not eating for a while. By skipping a meal, you’re more likely to over eat on your next one to make up for that lost meal. This creates a vicious cycle of eating too much and then not eating enough. People every day skip important meals from food guilt. You should never feel guilty about eating. If your body is hungry you need to provide it with nourishment, it’s just a fact of life. Doing insane amounts of cardio to make up for overeating is also a form of binge eating. Your body is only built to handle so much physical activity. High performance athletes have to work their bodies up to that level and eat significantly more calories and protein to compensate for the strain they are putting on their body. Intense cardio to rid you of your guilt for eating three doughnuts is not a good idea. This is how you injure yourself and prevent your body from properly nourishing itself.
As Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) once said, “treat yo’self.” So what if you ate too much cake. Although it may have screwed up your diet or you had to unbutton your pants, whatever! Don’t feel guilty. It’s natural to have cravings and to overdo it every now and then. Just make sure you stick with a healthier choice for your next meal, but DON’T skip it. That is so much worse for your body than that double cheeseburger. So go ahead, have some brownies. Everyone needs a cheat day!
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