In the past I would restrict so I'd be thinner, but it would eventually culminate in horrific binges. Now I just eat as much as I need to. (I'm a 5'8, moderately active female, about 23% bf and eat 2,300 cals a day, but some days I'll eat 3K). I don't think I need this much food: I believe metabolic issues are driving me to eat a lot more than I probably need. But eating a lot is no longer a binge, and is no longer filled with feelings of self loathing, because my perception has changed.
So, in a nutshell: binging can be caused by:
- Food addictions
- Metabolic issues (combined with restriction)
Don't know if that makes sense or not: It's a complicated issue. But I'm happy to say I've largely recovered from BED just by allowing myself to eat. I still want to be thinner, but I'm working on sorting out the metabolic issues and getting fit first.
This is what I mean by 'metabolic issues'. Hormonal imbalances (like too much cortisol) can be alleviated by putting the right thing into the body. Some people pop valium, other people eat. It's the subconscious mind trying to restore equilibrium to the organism.