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Why You Keep Overeating At Night

This week we're talking about the sneaky little lies that are keeping you overweight and how you can recognise and reverse them

Let's talk about reason #103 why you keep overeating at night... "banking calories".

"I haven't eaten all day so I DESERVE this"⁠
"I haven't eaten all day so I can AFFORD to eat this"⁠
"I haven't eaten all day so I can SPLURGE now"⁠

*insert whiney voice here*

Straight up, banking calories is not a thing. You can't "save now, spend later" when it comes to calories and what you eat. Your body needs sufficient calories all throughout the day so it can function efficiently. And if you don't give it those calories when it needs them, it will force you to eat tsunami-sized portions of food to compensate.

Straight up, banking calories is not a thing. You can't "save now, spend later" when it comes to calories and what you eat.

Here's what you should do instead:⁠

1. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. ⁠
You might be busy with kids, meetings etc, but it only takes a moment to check-in and see how you're feeling.⁠

2. IF YOU'RE HUNGRY, E.A.T!!⁠
This is not rocket science. What do you feel like eating at that moment? Honour your body's needs. It's here to support you for the long haul. Respect that.⁠

3. YOU DESERVE TO EAT WHAT YOU ENJOY.⁠
You don't have to bank calories or wait for a special occasion to eat the doughnut. If you want it, eat it and enjoy it. The doughnut does not mean you have "ruined" your eating or "failed". It's just a doughnut. Enjoy it for what it is and move the fu*k on.⁠

There is never going to be a "right time" to deal with your emotional eating. There is just time and you choose what to do with it.⁠⁠
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It won't be easier tomorrow.⁠⁠
It won't be easier next week.⁠⁠
And it definitely won't be easier next month.⁠⁠
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I want to be clear, you can't (and won't) do it before you're ready. That's okay, too. But you will need to push yourself *a little*.
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Want a life and body that feels easy and not stressy?⁠ You gotta step up, girl.

It's not going to feel good, but that's what growing and becoming an even more amazing wife/mother/partner/woman looks like!
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STEP 1 - What are you willing to DO to make your relationship with food (or anything) the way you want it?⁠⁠
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STEP 2 - What are you willing to STOP doing to have things the way you want it?⁠⁠
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STEP 3 - How can you do what's necessary to get the job done AND enjoy the process? (and p.s. there are a million options here)⁠⁠
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Remember, the feelings you get from eating when you're not hungry are only a temporary escape. Changing your relationship with yourself lasts a lifetime.

And if you're looking for more ways to take control of your weight, take my FREE Weight Loss Course. Your butt will thank you for it!

Here's Why You're Still Binge Eating

Here’s Why You’re Still Binge Eating

 

Meal plan? Check. Will power? Check. Massive midnight binge sessions? Check. Check. And double check.  Why is it that every time you commit to making an effort to control your eating, you end up bingeing even harder? 

 

Imagine this… the sun is peeking through your bedroom curtains. Birds are chirping. Somewhere in the distance small, furry woodland animals awake to do cute things. It’s a new day and you’re ready to start your fancy new diet. But like all completely unrealistic weight loss plans, by 3pm you find yourself elbow deep in cookie crumbs and wondering what went wrong? Why are you such a failure? What is wrong with you? Why can’t you say ‘no’ to a jelly donut?

 

1  Food Labels Suck

No, I’m not talking about nutritional food labels. I’m talking about the labels you put on food.  The minute you decide that certain foods are “good” and other foods are “bad”, you begin measuring your personal self worth by what you ate. Example: How do you feel about yourself on the days you eat salad and green smoothies? Like a goddess? A dieting diva? Princess Leia? And how about on the days you eat fourteen donuts, two cherry danishes and a packet of half frozen crumpets? Are you feeling the Princess Leia vibe then, or is it more like Princess Fiona from Shrek? Drop the food labels. Food is just food. Eat what you want, when you want it, in amounts that feel good to you and to your body.

 

2  Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn

A failure is only a failure if you don’t learn the lesson, apply it and MOVE ON. You can’t really slip up, stuff up or screw up your diet because when you Ditch the Diet, you ditch the self hate, the judgement, the strict rules and by default, the binges. So you ate a cookie? So what? It doesn’t matter if you eat one, none or six packets, what matters is that you take the time to dig around and find out WHY you ate them to start with. With insight comes change. You can’t change any behaviour that you are not paying attention to.

 

3  Your Stuck In ‘Start/Stop Syndrome’

Every time you try to get your eating “perfect”, you set yourself up for a big dose of Start / Stop Syndrome. What do I mean? Think back to the last time you ate some chocolate, felt bad about it, decided you had messed up your meal plan and proceeded to go on a deranged Pizza Hut binge. Did you lose weight or gain it? Did you feel better about yourself or worse?  Start / Stop Syndrome will leave you feeling miserable and gaining weight. Every single time. Moving on from your little midnight tryst
with the Pizza Hut box will leave you feeling deliciously satisfied and maybe even losing weight (who knows? Stranger things have happened)

 

Are you a victim of Start / Stop Syndrome and how do you handle it? Share the goodies in the comments below and then…

Share this with your bestie because it’s funner than finding chocolate under the seat of your couch.

Chocolate coated love!
Kylie

 

 

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