Thanks for sharing your success! Very happy to hear itHi everyone, I just wanted to stop in and share how eating more has helped me over the past few weeks. I started to consciously increase my calories in order to stop binging and not only is it working, but I'm seeing other benefits as well.
I have never consciously deprived myself of calories in my life, but I've come to the conclusion that I hadn't been eating enough. I recently tracked my calories over the course of a few days and found that I was eating about 1400 per day. I was wondering why I would go on these binging sprees (all primal food, mostly starches and nuts) and now I guess I know why.
These binges would never cause me to gain weight but they made me bloated and anxious. I hypothesized that if I forced myself to eat three large meals per day--whether I was hungry or not--I could break the cycle. I am not overeating or eating beyond stuffed (I've estimated most days to be between 1700-2000 cals) but it is much more than I had been eating on most non-binge days prior to this experiment. Not only do I seem to have achieved what I was after, but my energy has increased significantly which has led me to actually be able to and want to exercise. And my hands and feet (or handsicles and feetsicles, as I like to call them) actually feel like they belong to a living human being now.
I had not weighed myself in roughly four months, so I don't know how much of these past few weeks have contributed to this, but my weight has gone up from 108lb to 114lb, which may be my highest weight ever. However, without the scale, I never would have known! I haven't really gotten any bigger; I think it is part muscle, part bloat (I have been eating some things my stomach doesn't like, recently). Pretty neat.
I know this story is mildly tangential, but I wanted to share since I probably never would have gone through with this experiment if I hadn't been convinced by you all that purposefully increasing my calories wouldn't bring on the apocalypse, so thank you.
Most of you seem to be doing well and I'm rooting for all of your success. Cheers to treating ourselves right.