You start the day with a healthy protein packed breakfast, then lunch follows with leafy greens and fruit as dessert and supper is relatively light because you hate the feeling of going to bed full.
Midnight rolls around and you find yourself in the kitchen engulfing the sweets and refined carbs that you didn’t allow your body to have throughout the day. You’ve become a monster in the kitchen, eating anything and everything that you can find.
Calories and nonexistent, chocolate is god, and peanut butter is eaten by the spoonful. You have no control at this time of the day after essentially restricting all day without realizing it.
The next morning you awake with guilt and a bloated stomach from the previous night’s actions, making you subconsciously restrict your intake from the early morning only to repeat the sequence again the following night.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
What happens when we fall into a binge/restrict cycle?
The effects of this cycle can be different from person to person. If you aren’t eating enough calories throughout the day, restricting and then finding yourself consuming the majority after supper you may not gain weight. Others will surpass their required intake for maintenance and continue to eat more resulting in weight gain.
When we starve our bodies, we’re essentially starving our brain as well. When we don\t provide our brain with the nutrients it needs to function, it will not work properly which leads to irrational thinking and behaviors.
Restricting puts your body into starvation mode slowing your metabolism as it tries to save energy to be used in the future. Slow metabolism = Slower break down of food typically leading to weight gain. When you restrict for a prolonged amount of time, this throws your body off balance which is why when recovering from an eating disorder often you will need more than your recommended daily calories to get your metabolism moving again.