Ask an expert

14 Oct 2008

fighting food binging
Does anyone have suggestions on how to overcome compulsive eating without going for therapy if possible. I have recently lost 30kg ona strict diet, but now find myself having daily cravings for scones or muffins that I just cannot control. I usually give in and then end up eating 3 scones and 3 muffins. Help?
Answer 427 views

01 Jan 0001

Dear Fevertree
Firstly congratulations on losing those 30 kg - that is stunning! The answer to your question lies in the 'strict diet' that you used. Very restrictive diets, especially ones that cut out all carbohydrate can cause a type of rebound craving for these foods. To counteract this phenomenon, try eating low glycaemic index (GI) carbs at each meal and if necessary as a snack, esp in the afternoon when your blood sugar levels may be very low. Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI for tips on low-GI foods.
Hang in there and don't undo all the good work you have achieved.
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
32% - 9433 votes
68% - 19965 votes