Everyone at some point in their lives has fought the battle of the bulge, and with the all the weight-loss information available on TV, the Internet, and the latest bestseller books, it seems the single most important factor is moderation and control. Eat everything in moderation and control your portions. Count your calories. Schedule your meals. Plan ahead of time. This is all sound advice, and when used sensibly, these tips are effective at promoting healthy weight loss.
However, it’s these very sensible weight-loss tips that can instill fear in people who have no extra weight to lose. Anorexia-nervosa and bulimia sufferers have mastered the moderation and control aspects to perfection, and find it hard to break these patterns. Are you on the verge of developing an eating disorder? If you have no extra weight to lose, and are worried you might be developing bad eating habits, ask yourself a few of these questions:
Does going out to a restaurant frighten you?
Are there are too many choices on the menu, and you can’t control what’s put on your plate? Do restaurants get in the way of your tendency to eat the same things at every meal, with every ingredient on your plate perfectly portioned out?
Do you know off-hand the calorie count of everything on your plate?
Would surpassing a specific calorie count worry you, or cause a lot of guilt? In addition to calories, do you know offhand the fat, protein, sugar, and carb content of foods off by heart? Have you set unrealistic caloric and carbohydrate limits on yourself?
Have you been replacing meals with caffeinated drinks (coffee, soda) to keep your energy levels up?
When hunger strikes, do you silence it by downing another java? Have you found other ways to curb your hunger by quick fixes? Does this cause you to have a bad relationship with food? Do you pick at your food and throw most of it away?
If you answered yes to one or more of these, it may be time to objectively reflect on your eating habits and ask yourself why you’re doing this. Especially if you know weight-loss isn’t a factor. Nine times out of ten, the answers will be based in part or in whole on fear – not specifically a fear of food, but more so what the food could potentially do to your body.
On the other hand, there are many women who suffer from an eating disorder of a different kind – the too-much-in-excess variety.