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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!

 

M&M's and skinny thighs

All of my life, I only ever wanted one thing…

To eat a never ending supply of M&M’s and have skinny thighs

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But I might as well have been asked Santa Claus to fill my garden with “money trees” because the combination of eating M&M’s and having skinny thighs is just not bio-chemically possible.

 

The problem that we face is of course, that the fantasy of how those M&M’s (Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups, Haagen Dazs, Dominos Pizza) will taste in our mouth is more alluring than the actual food itself. In fact, sometimes I was so disappointed with the taste of the chocolate once I ate it, I would end up in a chocolate consumption frenzy, searching for the ecstatic flavour that I was sure must be in there (I just needed to eat a little more, right?)

 

So how do you beat the self sabotage? 

 

By busting out some new beliefs.

 

1  Don’t make it harder than it needs to be

Your greatest asset is your mind. And your greatest enemy? Yup, you guessed it… your mind.

You don’t need a team of clinical experts from the Dr Oz show telling you how many fat grams, carbs, points and calories you should eat each day. You just don’t. The fact is, our bodies had this whole weight loss gig under control loooong before the “experts” ever came on the scene and if you’ll listen, just for a moment, you will find that your body already knows exactly what you should be eating AND how much of it you should eat. Don’t eat food that you hate just because you think that you “should”.  Don’t exercise like a crazy person unless:

a) you like it

b) it makes you happy, or

c) you are a crazy person

Because I can assure you, trying to “punish” the fat off your body with extreme workout routines will never work. Do what makes you happy in an amount that you enjoy. And remember, you can’t hate your way to happiness.

 

2  Make your success a habit

Nobody is born, hating themselves. The lack of love you feel for your body is something you learn, not something you were born with. So if you want to turn your body and your relationship with food around, then you need to set up some new habits.

Decide to make small changes everyday. Start slow. Give yourself time to not only learn some new, empowering habits, but to UNLEARN the old, crusty ones.  What you believe about yourself and your ability DOES matter.  Decide that allowing yourself the freedom to stare at your body in the mirror without hurling abuse at your unwitting reflection is something you’re worthy of, NOT something you need to EARN.

Spend MORE time believing you are strong, capable and more than able to handle your life without using chocolate cake as a crutch and LESS time reacting to everyones opinions and expectations (especially your own).

 

3  Feel the fear and do it anyway

Does all of this mean that now you will step into a magical new life filled with butterflies and rainbows and you will miraculously never crave ice cream again? Uh… no. But it does mean that when you feel the resistance, the struggle, the self doubt and the “I don’t wanna” syndrome, you put on your big girl pants and you do it anyway. Even when it doesn’t feel good. Even when it hurts. You do it. And you do it because you KNOW, deep in your heart, that you DESERVE it. You DESERVE to live in a body that you love and appreciate. You DESERVE to be able to sit next to a chocolate cake without wishing you could roll around in it, naked. You DESERVE to be happy, free and NOT SCARED OF FOOD.

You deserve that.

 

So tell me, do you believe you deserve to live a life free of diet drama?

Or does just a teeeeny little part of you scared to end the struggle?

Let me know in the comments below 😉

 

Sending you big love, 

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P.S. Want to shoot straight to the top of my Christmas card list? Forward this post to your bff to share some mid-week lovin’

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  1. So many good tips in this post! I’m starting to find food labels just silly now, like, says who that’s how much I should eat, ha! Thank you for all the love and support!

  2. This is what I needed today. Thank you so much Kylie! I struggle with the slow baby steps and hearing this reminder from you is just what my heart and soul needed to hear (read) today. Thank you for being you and doing what you do!

    1. Hi Meah!
      Oooohhh… I know, right? No one wants baby steps. We want it all now lol! But all those little steps add up to big changes. You’re doing so great, hun.
      K x

  3. This really helped me just then. I had just finished a chicken salad and was feeling like something sweet (I’m dialling down the sugar) but I’m full. I hit level 5 while eating the salad so didn’t finish it and I don’t need anymore food. Reading this stopped me going to get a chocolate bar! Thanks Kylie x

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