I want to talk about a lot of the common ways in which how people are trying to manage their “hunger” and control their weight gain after restrictive diets or periods of food control in any way.
-reverse dieting, (which is the attempt at slowly increasing your food intake after a calorie-restricted diet for example by 100-200 calories per week, or being in a caloric deficit, with the goal of “maintaining long term weight management”. Basically, it’s people trying to resume back to their normal eating habits prior to the calorie restricted diet, after a cut, without having to gain all the weight back.
-or trying to just eat a bit more at meals for example saying "I was only eating one piece of bread so now i’ll allow myself to eat 2 pieces of bread with a tablespoon of butter"
-or limiting yourself to only 2500-3500 calorie meal plan,
-or just going from restrictive eating and binge eating to trying to just fight the urge to eat a lot of food, to just all of a sudden being a normal eater or intuitive eater with “normal” portions that you “should” be eating,
-or attempting to exercise more to compensate for any caloric increases
-or even following the pro-metabolic diet which again is still restrictive and promotes a slow increase of carbs of 100-200 cals per week
...but you need to avoid these approaches at all costs because it will exacerbate your food obsession, binge eating and extreme hunger.
It all comes down to the avoidance of weight gain and people’s fears of becoming morbidly obese.
Most metabolic approaches are popular because they promote quick weight loss or no weight gain. Becuase everyone’s trying to avoid weight gain so this is comfortable and not scary.
But true metabolic recovery for people coming from restrictive eating involves gaining weight first.
The reason why these ways aren’t working, is for several reasons, and one being that it doesn’t truly raise BMR like every metabolism philosophy says - it just tricks people into thinking it does.
Like a sleazy salesman that says here, buy this new house to get out of your jail cell only to find out it’s just a bigger jail cell, that’s actually more tortuous than before because they didn’t disclose it’s in a flood zone and had wholes that were covered up and now it’s flooding with water and you’re literally drowning.
In other words when you try to overcome food obsession and an unmanageable hunger with a slow increase of calories or a daily cap to your caloric intake, things like this just makes you feel more hungrier or more obsessed around food than before, even though you’re eating more than before.
Because they’re in a bigger prison cell - eating more than they were before, more flexible with food choices, more meals throughout the day, it’s a facade...
...because it’s still all about control - to control weight gain, control hunger, to control calories, to get your period back eat more calories without having to gain weight - this isn’t how true metabolism healing looks though.
I was talking with a client about this and her analogy was this for reverse dieting, and it’s basically for most of the approaches for what i just listed as well:
Reverse dieting to try to reverse one’s ravenous hunger is like letting a small door open that's holding a huge dam of water back
Once you open that door just a bit, the water is going to bust through - have fun trying to hold back the force of water from that body of water.
This is the same with your insatiable hunger, that little door has been your “willpower” trying to hold back your appetite, and when you try to do reverse dieting too get rid of the body of water behind that door, adding in a small amount of calories is like opening that door.
It's only more torturous and your hunger will just come gushing out, making you even more miserable than you even were full-blown restricting
When following these approaches, you’re slowly pulling off a bandaid while simultaneously putting another bandaid in it’s place. instead you want to rip off the bandaid, release the floodgates and develop a strategy for what that brings up for you - this is a lot of what i work with with people in my framework.I want you to stop listening to your analytical brain.
Now there are a few questions I want you to ask yourself, in your relation to food, before you move forward in your recovery approach:
Now, here’s your assignment that I want you to do:
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