In order to get thin for good, your primary goal is to get off the feast or famine cycle.
If you don’t get off the cycle, you may lose weight but it won’t last. Remember, it’s the cycle of famine followed by feasting that triggers the body’s need to store excess fat. So if you don’t break this cycle by consistently eating well (and only you can determine how well), your body will continue to be programmed to store fat as famine insurance.
But what if you get off the feast or famine cycle and then get back on again? Your secondary goal is to stay off the feast or famine cycle. You must stay off the cycle consistently or your body will return to the pattern of the yo-yo diet cycle and the biochemicals that cause weight rebound.
Does this mean that you will be practicing these recovery principles for the rest of your life if you want to stay thin? Yes. Is this realistic? Yes.
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Symptoms of the Feast-or-Famine Cycle:
Here’s a simple checklist to keep you aware of the trouble signs of the feast or famine cycle:
1. Overeating/bingeing (eating until you feel overfull, stuffed)
2. Preoccupation with food and eating
3. Cravings for sweets and/or fatty foods, eating sweets, fatty foods
4. Intermittent low energy, depression
5. Eating without “real hunger,” especially at night
6. Eating in response to emotional cues or stress or boredom
7. Special-occasion overeating
8. Excessive hunger or symptoms of low blood sugar (headache, faintness, irritability, anxiety, confusion)
This list will help alert you if your eating behavior is getting off track so you can make corrections to get back on track. Until you become so accustomed to body-controlled eating that that it becomes second nature, it is crucial that you give yourself a regular check-up. Sometimes people go many months with symptoms of the cycle but are not aware of it. Consequently, they get stuck either gaining weight or in a plateau.