Why is it our resolve to eat well flies out the window somewhere after 4pm each day? Is there a secret binge monster who only awakes after lunch has been digested, or after the sun goes down?
Here is my theory about afternoon/night time bingeing.
I love food. I don't just like it, I actually love it. It gives me pleasure physically and emotionally. A chocolate bar is as close as you can get to an orgasm by yourself in a public place. Imagine if you weren't "allowed" to have any of your favourite naughty treats again ... ever. I bet you feel deprived and that forbidden treat keeps calling your name.
I have been up since some ungodly hour that starts with a 5 and been training in the gym for more than an hour. I have eaten 4 meals already (sometimes by 2pm) and only have one left for today. I am hungry. I need a decent dinner so I will wait until I get home to eat. Did I mention I'm hungry.
I have been up since some ungodly hour that starts with a 5 and been training in the gym for more than an hour (I know I already told you that but I'm just pointing out that I've been 'good'). I train hard. I have eaten my scheduled food, all logged in CK and my calories and macros are perfect (See ... I have been good). I have lost weight. I am skinnier than everyone I know. I have been doing this diet thing for months. Surely one 'offplan' meal won't kill me? I deserve it.
Here I am at 7-00pm walking past the local pizza shop. I am deprived, depleted and deserving.
What happens next???
Do you really need me to tell you???
But I can't stop at one slice of pizza, I have a few because I'm still hungry. It tastes so good because I haven't had any for so long. But now I've eaten too much. I have to cut back on my calories tomorrow and go back to the clean food to undo the damage I've done. Well, I may as well have dessert as well because I won't be having that for a while after tomorrow. I should probably finish off the dried fruit in the cupboard as well so it won't tempt me tomorrow night when I come home hungry ... whoops I just binged again ... f*ck I'm useless ...
Does any of this sound familiar??
The solution ...
Stay tuned for the next post - I need to go to bed now. And in case you're wondering, I have implemented this new solution and have been binge free for 4 days, the longest run in the last month. Yesterday I turned down cheesecake and pizza without batting an eyelid. Today I had a Snickers Bar without guilt because it was in my plan. It will be worth the wait ...