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Getting Back on Track After a Food Binge
Food binging can happen to the most dedicated weight loss surgery patient. Sydney’s Dr Vytauras Kuzinkovas of Advanced Surgicare explains ways to get back on track after a food binge.
It may sound counterintuitive, but it is vital to hydrate after a food binge. You already feel full, but drinking water stimulates digestion and may prevent bloating. Hydration can aid in flushing out any excess salt consumed.
After your food binge, consume a large glass of water before going to bed. Drink several large glasses of water the following morning, and then drink more water than usual over the next few days.
Eat Lean and Clean
Following a food binge, get back on track by eating “lean and clean” the next day. That means plenty of leafy greens and other fresh vegetables, and perhaps a grilled salmon filet or baked chicken breast. Eating lean and clean allows you to refocus on your weight loss and health goals.
Avoid the Scale
Avoid getting on the scale post-binge. It is discouraging psychologically to see the pounds gained in actual numbers after a food binge. It is natural to feel that you have taken a step backward and are not moving forward with your weight loss goals, but keep in mind it is just a temporary setback. Get back into your normal eating routine and wait at least two days after a binge to step onto the scale.
Get Plenty of Sleep
A good night’s sleep is one of the best ways to get back on track after a food binge. When you get plenty of rest, you are less likely to eat excessively the following day. If you receive five hours or less of sleep, food cravings — especially for high-calorie items — are more apt to affect you.
Resist the Urge to Starve Yourself
Don’t be too hard on yourself after a food binge. It happened, and now you must focus on it not occurring again. Resist the urge to starve yourself as punishment after a food binge. Skipping meals is likely to trigger more binge behavior than just going back to your normal eating schedule.
Recognize the Trigger
Binge eating seldom happens in a vacuum. Something set you off your carefully planned regimen. Maybe the cause was obvious, such as an argument with a loved one, but perhaps the trigger was vague, such as a feeling of loneliness or depression. In any case, get to the bottom of it. It may help to talk with a trusted friend or therapist.
For More Information, Contact Advanced Surgicare
If you would like more information on weight loss surgery, schedule a personal consultation with Dr Vytauras Kuzinkovas at Advanced Surgicare. Call us today or contact us online and make an appointment.