Binge eating and other eating disorders can affect people from all ages and walks of life. While eating disorders are more common in females, the number of males with eating disorders is on the rise due to a more health and image conscious society. A bodybuilding lifestyle can be a good way of avoiding binge eating and living a healthier and more rewarding life.
Causes of Eating Disorders
Eating disorders are complex mental disorders resulting from a combination of factors of a behavioural, emotional, psychological, interpersonal, environmental or social nature. It’s believed that sufferers use food as a way to express their emotions and gain some control over their life. Often times it is a vicious cycle for the person involved with negative feelings about oneself, leading to extreme dieting resulting in compensatory eating due to increased thoughts and cravings for food. This 'binge' then leads to more negative feelings starting the cycle all over again. As with many mental conditions, there is often a sense of denial in many of the sufferers and he/she may be very adept at hiding their behaviours. If you have any concerns at all about somebody you know, seek professional help and advice from a GP, dietitian or a psychologist.
Weight Training Helps Beat Binge Eating
Weight Training will help you realise that you won’t progress with your training unless you eat high quality, frequent meals. After the significant investment you make in training and lifestyle, improper eating would negate any positive benefits that bodybuilding could bring to you. For this reason, you need to eat 5-7 portion controlled meals, rather than fasting and bingeing, in order to maintain a positive nitrogen balance to sustain muscle building. After all, you don’t want to undo all your hard work in the gym. By improving your meal frequency, more regular meals will become your normal habit, and this will reduce your chances of craving food binges. With this more systematic approach to eating, you will also feel better. After a period, you will even become more aware of the effect of certain food types (and portion sizes) affect you. Bodybuilders who watch their diets tend to become more intuitive about which foods are best for them, and this is something that you will become more aware over time with these improvements. Bodybuilding also enhances your mental state through the release of endorphins during exercise. People predisposed to depression tend to be more likely to develop eating disorders, so keeping depression at bay is a good approach.
Bodybuilding Beats Binges
Bodybuilding training, combined with frequent meals can help you fight off the desire to binge out. After the time and effort invested in your body through training, and sacrifices you make to train, it would be unfortunate to let inappropriate eating habits destroy any potential gains you’d make. By increasing meal frequency to 5-7 meals, say every 2.5 – 3 hours, you should not only be able to kick food bingeing, but you will become more intuitive to how positive eating habits can affect you and help you get the most out of your training.