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V-Diet and the Binge Eater


#1

Hey,

Are there any binge eaters out there who have successfully completed the whole 28 days of the V-Diet? I am a binge eater on occasion (but getting better) and am worried about the phycological effects of a liquid diet?

Whenever I eat a protein shake as one of my meals all I can think about is my next meal, its like my body digests it in 30 seconds and I am back to being hungry. I really want to try the diet, but its expensive for me (I am a student and would be paying in aussie dollars) and I am worried I would fall off and it would be a waste of time and only set me back emotionally and physically? Any thoughts??


#2

Hey,

Yeah I was a binge eater (bulimic) before doing the V-Diet the first time. I went into it not expecting anything but to lose weight but it actually cured me of the binging for a long, long time. I think just learning about what hunger is and getting out and exercising and seeing the awesome results of losing hte weight all combined to give me control in another way.

I was bulimic so it may be a bit different in that for me it was mostly about control and binging is about comfort eating. However if you are willing to commit to 28 days of this diet I think it will help a lot with your most people’s eating problems.

I would suggest grabbing a couple of books in binge eating and reading them over teh 28 days. Tom Venuto’s last book was really good on it. You’ll have a stack of spare time from not having to prep food so use it productively I reckon.

I’m not going to tell you to do the diet or not, all I can say is that for me it helped me in a lot of ways besides just weight loss.


#3

Hey :wink:

If by binge you mean…

try to eat right or go on some kind of diet, get frustrated with the whole thing, decide you have no will power and forget trying, and then go all out at a pizza bar, casino dessert buffet, and/or eat an entire birthday cake within 2 days…AND/OR

Just see a restaurant as you drive by, smell what they’re cooking, and decide to just on a whim whip right in and grab something…AND/OR

just eat generally like crap…

then Hi, I am a binge eater. However I am just now getting ready to start week 4 of the vdiet. I am not completely done. But here’s the deal.

It took me many months after I read about the V-Diet to finally break and give it a try because like you, I am not made out of money and I feared it not working after all that money spent. All shakes for a month also scared me. A lot. I didnt know if I would be able to handle that psychologically, like you.

Part of the V-Diet is the protein shakes that also have casein in them which lasts in your system a lot longer than your typical protein shake. You also get a very filling treat at the end of the day in the form of some kind of nut butter which will last in your stomach for a long time so you dont get hungry in the middle of the night.

Im not saying you wont get hungry at some point. But you will be eating every 3 hours without fail if you follow it as prescribed. By the time you get hungry, it will be almost time for a shake again. You can also drink a glass of water when you feel hungry because sometimes when you abruptly change eating habits, your body tricks you into thinking you are hungry, when you are really just thirsty, or when you really just think you need to eat because that’s how you always ate before. There’s an article or mention of that somewhere around here, probably in the ask chris thread.

For me, I was so full I could hardly move for the first week. Then my body got the drift that I wasnt eating like crap and it adapted. Now when I get hungry, usually it’s just about time for another shake.

I guess the real question left can only be answered by you. How bad do you want to make this work? If you honestly dont even want to give yourself a chance, then dont spend your money on it. Do something else.

For me, I decided I was going to try JUST ONCE to give myself a challenge that would be very very very difficult for me to follow, and the cost of it I will admit is part of my motivation. I’m a cheapskate let me tell you. I dont like to spend money.

If you dont think you have a snowballs chance in hell of following through, then dont do it. If you REALLY want to make a change, you’ll get it done. And you have lots of support here to see you through. And it DOES work, if you do it just as it tells you. There is no room for error, everything is all figured out for you.

You have to be mentally charged and SET to see this through before you start. If you cant get yourself into the state of mind that says “I am going to do this no matter how hard it gets, and failure is NOT an option,” then you’ll do fine.

Personally, it’s the best decision I have made for my self in many years.

I hope you can decide what’s best for you. There’s a lot of diet/exercise options here on the T-Nation site, so look at them all and then see which one you think you would be most willing to stick with till the end.

Lisa


#4

[quote]HollyinAus wrote:
Hey,

Are there any binge eaters out there who have successfully completed the whole 28 days of the V-Diet? I am a binge eater on occasion (but getting better) and am worried about the phycological effects of a liquid diet?

Whenever I eat a protein shake as one of my meals all I can think about is my next meal, its like my body digests it in 30 seconds and I am back to being hungry. I really want to try the diet, but its expensive for me (I am a student and would be paying in aussie dollars) and I am worried I would fall off and it would be a waste of time and only set me back emotionally and physically? Any thoughts?? [/quote]

A couple of things:

As others have already said, there’s a very big difference between a “liquid diet” and the V-Diet with strategically placed healthy solid meals, thick and filling protein shakes, adequate fiber intake, and post-workout drinks. In fact, I hear more people say they’re getting too full than people saying they’re too hungry.

Next, binge eating is something that many people do on occasion, and it can be caused by eating poorly during the rest of the day (skipping meals, eating high glycemic carbs at the wrong times etc), falling off the diet wagon, or simply just overdoing it on your favorite cheat foods. But it can also be a true eating disorder. If that’s the case, then the best solution is multi-faceted - sort of like how smokers use many different methods of quitting at once, from prescription drugs to behavioral tricks.

The V-Diet can be one of those tools used to beat binge eating. It teaches you the difference between habit and hunger, and it teaches you mindful eating. In short, you learn to control food instead of letting food control you.

The most powerful effect (besides fat loss) is how the V-Diet can help you lose the negative food preferences and develop new ones. I mean, if you simply don’t desire overly sugary or fried foods anymore, then that’s half the battle. And if you slip and binge on healthy foods, well, no major harm done.

Hope this helps you to make a decision.


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