What comes to your mind when you think of disordered eating?
Psychological issues? Trauma? Something broken? Well, the word "disordered" means disrupting normal functioning.
So many people will associate disordered eating with certain types of conditions or simply judge someone based on their appearance. But what if there is more to that than just their outer appearance?
In today's podcast, I talk about how to get out of disordered eating and still lose fat successfully. If this sounds like something you want to know more about, check out the podcast now!
In general, it means: restricting food, skipping meals, bulimia, anorexia, binging, stress or emotional eating, food addictions, etc.
The most common eating disorder that we often hear about is Anorexia. If you search about it on the internet, Anorexia is related to a condition when a person has an abnormally low body weight and is afraid of gaining it back.
Here's a catch, some people have anorexia while they are overweight or never got diagnosed because they never got to that "abnormally low" body weight.
People have opinions about almost every single thing. Someone can be eating healthy, but it's very skinny. People will say that a person has anorexia, even when is not true.
Now, as an example with anorexia: One of the biggest problems is the distorted perception of reality. When someone wants to lose weight, there are different points of view.
For example, there are times when a person is trying to lose weight to be healthy, but the method (the eating disorder) is not the right way to do it. Yes, that person is looking for the benefits of losing weight, but the way they're trying to lose it is an unhealthy way.
Now, let's break this down into TWO main categories of disordered eating behaviors.
The behaviour is objectively destructive, the perception of reality is wrong, and they have an under 15% body fat. This category really needs professional help.
Most of the people in this category think that they are the problem. They are inside of a disordered reality, but with mental clarity. Feeling like an eating disorder is the only way out because they have habits problem.
It's important to get a pattern recognition and have a normal response to an abnormal environment. The solution is to get CLEAR to see where the issues are and plan a way to overcome them in the right way. It's important to create a healthy environment for yourself.
So, whenever you feel like you are not going anywhere, please read and memorize this:
Consistency, not worrying so much about failure, not throwing in the towel and choosing to learn and be patient will help you to get you to your goals.
[01:40] Defining what is disordered eating.
[09:15] What is distorted perception?
[14:30] Two main categories of disordered eating behaviours.
[17:26] What is pattern recognition.
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