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Overeat, Starve, Starve, then extreme dieting again - July 26th 2010, 05:25 AM

Ugh... this has been going on ever since I started my diet, if I eat double the amount of calories I've set myself, I will not eat for the next one or two days because I think it balances it out. I don't really "binge" per se, like today I've had 1 egg sandwich, 1 pint of ice cream (my mom insisted because I'm sick and would think it weird if I didn't eat any because ice cream is supposed to help you feel better), 3 rice cakes, 3 crackers and 1 peanut butter toast throughout the day.... and because I overate I will not eat tomorrow and possibly the next day. You'd probably think that amount of food would be okay, but it really bothers me and I feel like I NEED to starve myself to lose the extra calories I've consumed. I don't really know why though, even when I wasn't on a diet I fasted all the time, not for "spiritual" reasons or anything like that, but it's always given me some form of self-control I suppose, but I've done that since I was 14 so that's okay if I only fast sometimes right?

EDIT: I am just slightly overweight since I lost a lot of weight on my diet... I don't know if you really need to know that, but yeah...

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Re: Overeat, Starve, Starve, then extreme dieting again - July 26th 2010, 11:21 PM

Starving yourself does not help you lose weight. It will actually cause you to gain weight, because your body will store what little bit of food that you do eat. Restricting, in general, is not good for you. Going a day or two without food is unhealthy. If you are worried about your weight, talk to your doctor. They can tell you if you need to lose weight, and how to do it healthily. They can also tell you how many calories you should be eating a day. The only way to actually take care of your body, and maintain or reach a healthy weight, is by eating right and exercising. It's not okay to restrict, for any reason.

I know you said it's for control, but are you really in control here? Could you stop yourself from not eating if you wanted to? That's not control, and I know the feeling of not having any control, but there are other things you can control, like the colour of your nails and the clothes you wear.

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