The restriction and binge eating cycle

I’m sat at soft play with Jax, and I am hearing various mums talk about ‘losing weight’


‘I cant eat that I’m on a diet’

‘Oh I’m starving, but I’m on a diet so will eat something later’


Restriction has become part of our lives, and it seems that people feel to lose weight, and feel more confident that this is the answer.

In my opinion, and experience, restriction leads to binge eating.

‘Binge eating disorder (BED) is a severe, life-threatening, and treatable eating disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of eating large quantities of food (often very quickly and to the point of discomfort); a feeling of a loss of control during the binge; experiencing shame, distress or guilt afterwards; and not regularly using unhealthy compensatory measures (e.g., purging) to counter the binge eating.

I’ve been there and have suffered with it in the before. I would restrict so much living off of egg whites and salad, then would have a small piece or chocolate and the next thing I am gauging on all sorts. The weight came off, then it would be back on again.

I was in this vicious ‘self loathing, restricting vs binge eating cycle.

I admit, there was episodes where I used to make myself sick. I never accepted I was bulimic as I didn’t do it all the time, only after times of binge.
The fact is, I was, for a very long time. I was sick; my mental state was deteriorating because of it.
Food in the past for me has determined and ruled my life.
It was all I could think about, I felt awkward in social situations and it would fill me dread and fear.
I so wanted to gain control again!
I was uneducated, and assumed that eating minimal was the answer to me feeling more confident in my own skin.
Forward to now and finally I realise that I have control over my food choices. I genuinely enjoy eating healthily and fuelling my body, enabling me to train and feel a (fairly🤣) fit person. I feel full of energy most of the time and I want my children to see the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
If you are struggling with binge eating or over restricting yourself  here are my tips to help you:
  • What is your ‘why’?

Why do you want to lose weight? What is the deep rooted reason for it. Now this may sound a bit deep, but if it is to lose some weight for a holiday, or an event, that is fine, but you will probably be back here again in the near future. This being, its because there is an end date – an end to when you see your ‘dieting’ as over. This means you only see yourself changing for a short amount of time. I want you to look further than that….

  • Write in a diary

Start writing in a diary at times you find yourself emotionally eating. I used to do it – If I was happy I would eat, angry? i’ll eat, sad – wheres the chocolate?

There was a clear pattern – whenever I felt out of control in a situation I would turn to food as comfort.

Using a diary really highlighted these situations and made me more aware and in control when these occurred.

  • Enjoy what you eat

Life is about balance and enjoyment. No one wants to be living off of bland boring food. Create or find yourself a meal plan that you can imagine yourself sticking to a year from now – One that fits in with your lifestyle! One that doesn’t feel stressful. You can still socialise and eat out with friends knowing your choices are in line with your goals.


Myself and Mike have created The Body Goals Plan to show you exactly how to create a happy, healthy, stressfree, enjoyable lifestyle. Our nutrition plan is simple and delicious – no weighing out food, no missing out on social events, no removal of your favourite foods.

Just nailing the basics and getting great results in the process.

If you would like to join us for 10 days free click the link below and we can show you how we can help you.

Life is for living, so lets enjoy it.

If you have any questions or would like any help with anything in this blog please drop us an email

Carly (& Mike) x