How Restrictive Diets Mess With Our Brains & Lead To Bingeing

“Your body is precious. It is your vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” ~Buddha When I went on my first diet in my teens (low-carb, it was back in the Atkins days), I wasn’t even overweight. I weighed less than 120 pounds, but my jeans had started to get a little tight, so I thought I needed to lose five pounds or so. At the time, I didn’t have a bad relationship with food; I just ate like a typical teenager—not the best choices. About two hours in, I remember starting to obsess over the things I couldn’t eat and being desperate to be skinny ASAP so I could eat them again. By mid day, I “failed.” I caved and ate…. *gasp, shock, horror*… carbs. And something weird happened. Instantly, I felt like I was bad. It’s not just that I thought I had made a bad choice. I thought, “You idiot, you can’t do anything right. Look at you, one meal in and you screwed up already. You may as well just eat whatever you want the rest of the day and start again tomorrow.” I think I gained about five pounds from that attempt. -----> This piece was originally written for TinyBuddha.com. You can read the whole piece here: https://tinybuddha.com/blog/how-restrictive-diets-mess-with-our-brains-and-lead-to-bingeing/

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