Self-Monitoring and Binge Eating

What is Binge Eating

In this article, we will talk about Binge eating disorder (BED). It is a debilitating, life-threatening, and treatable eating disorder marked by repeated episodes of eating substantial quantities of food (often very rapidly and to the point of discomfort); a feeling of lack of control during the binge; then experiencing embarrassment, anxiety or guilt; and not routinely using unhealthy compensatory steps (e.g. purging) to counter the BED In the United States, it is the most common eating disorder.

Monitoring your daily eating patterns has been one of the most powerful therapeutic strategies to stop binge eating. And, no, I’m not talking about calorie tracking!

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By monitoring I mean writing down what you’ve eaten, where you’ve eaten, how much you’ve eaten, and what precisely you were thinking and feeling during the times you were eating.

You might understandably be thinking “why on earth would I want to do this?”. ⠀
Well, let me tell you how and why self-monitoring is a fundamental strategy for stopping binge eating. ⠀

1- Monitoring provides you crucial information about your eating problem: If you write down all of those things I mentioned earlier, then you’ll be able to fully understand all of the things that are triggering your binge eating. You’ll start to notice things that weren’t so obvious earlier. For example, you might recognise that your binges are occuring only when your mood suddenly drops, you have an argument with your friend, you break one of your diet rules. All of this information is needed in order to stop binge eating! ⠀

2- Monitoring helps you change: Monitoring your eating accurately will reveal why it’s happening. You’ll realise that you don’t need to binge whenever you feel sad or angry or break a diet rule. Monitoring will show you that you’ve got other options to deal with these negative events. ⠀

Try and record your eating behaviours and thoughts for a week and see if you can notice anything. This might be the catalyst you need to break binge eating!

Why Self Monitoring is a Fundamental Strategy

Last Updated on December 17, 2020 by Lucas Berg

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