Aroint thee, carbs!
September 1, 2011 7:55 AM Subscribe
Will switching to low-carb help quell my emotional eating issues?
I love sugar and simple carbs and eating in general. Some of my fondest childhood memories revolve around food—Xmas cookies, chilling out in front of the TV while eating an entire bag of cinnamon candies, pizza on Friday nights, etc. This has not been a terrible problem for me in the past due to my habit of working out like a crazy person. But now I’m 35, and it’s starting to catch up with me. I’m constantly getting injured while working out, my teeth and gums are in bad shape. I still have freakin’ acne, for chrissake! This past winter, I managed to pack on 10 pounds over the course of about 3 months due to inhaling food constantly. It was actually a little frightening how out of control I felt around food.
Since then, I haven’t been able to lose the weight, and I’m dreading a similar scenario this winter when my yearly SAD sets in. I’ve tried all sorts of things to reduce my food intake—counting calories, the No-S Diet, the No Flour No Sugar diet, Eat to Live, trying to focus on what I can eat rather than what I shouldn't. These things usually last all of two or three days before an evil little voice convinces me that there’s no way this is sustainable and I should just give in and try to just watch what I eat like a normal person. But somehow, I never manage to do this. I would really like to lose those 10 pounds and stop thinking about food all the damn time, and I really don’t want to add another 10 pounds this winter.
I’ve read before that low carb diets shut down that constant little whisper that causes people to get out of control around food. It sounds too good to be true, and that’s one of the reasons why I haven’t been able to stick with anything for longer than 3 days to find out. I’m also afraid of the whole “making certain foods off limits only leads to binging.” Does that turn out to be not the case with low carb?
In short, I’d love to hear experiences of those who found that low carb helped stop emotional eating and carb binging, or at least made it easier to resist. Thanks!