As someone with intermittent history of BED since I was sixteen, I'm not taking this topic lightly. Restrictive diet for me results in binging. I did very low-carb (read ketosis) for a year and then low-carb (approx 100-120g) diet for several months afterwards and it made my binging much worse and a more frequent occurrence. It's embarrassing for me to talk about it, actually. For the past few months I have switched to a higher carbohydrate diet where I eat plenty of fruit and certain sweet tasting foods are now part of my diet repertoire. It's been life-changing for me thus far.
Following low carb I do not binge and can really relax and enjoy food, but give me actual sugar foods and you will see me heading to the kitchen again and again. The more sugar I have the more I would binge, eating a sad diet with unrestricted sugar (things like Jelly Babies, dolly mixtures, so mainly sugar) caused me to grossly binge on more food causing an emptiness where nothing satisfied me. As soon as I worked to remove the sugar......and it was very hard, all my cravings went away. I do still have some sugar again now, but I can feel the pull very quickly and have to get it out of the house very quickly and make sure I don't incorporate it every day. In past years, sugar has been my downfall. I know it isn't the same for everyone and for some restricting certain food causes binges, this is not the case for me with sugar.
Started Primal June 2012 at 148.5lbs, and 5' 1", reached goal weight in 5 months.
Lowest weight 93lbs - too thin. Now stable at around 100lbs much better weight for me at my age.
Primal, minus eggs, dairy and a myriad of other allergens.
On SAD, you're eating a lot of PUFA and fat regardless. Not to mention, in those candies, they put things in them to make them as addictive as possible. It's not the same as fruit, white sugar, et al. believe me. Those things are beyond normal levels of sweet, which is why those artificial sweeteners like Splenda often cause people to binge eat.
About one a week I go out for all you can eat sushi, with rice. This is a planned carb refeed. This combined with HFLC most of the time with bulletproof intermittent fasting most days seems to be optimal, at least for me. Losing fat, gaining muscle, feeling great, and outperforming mere mortals. I know you intended this thread to show that your high carb way of eating is superior, but my experience does not support that, at least not for me.
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I've never been the type to binge, but when my wife was doing LC with me, quite often she would stare longingly at the chocolate cakes in the grocery store bakery. She was obsessed with cake. She tells me those cravings are gone now.
This is what invokes a lot of the obsessive behavior, including binging, cause it's really not normal.
Last edited by Derpamix; 08-31-2013 at 10:43 AM.
Before I went low carb, I was subject to periodic binges. Too many carbs led to more carbs and more carbs with no control.
I've been eating low carb since early 2009 and can honestly say I have never binged since beginning LC. I've also lost all the weight I wanted, have much improved health markers, & more energy. People tell me frequently that I look far younger than my 67 years.
Starting Weight: 197.5
Current Weight: 123