Overcome Compulsive Overeating In 5 Easy Steps

March 27, 2010 · 2 comments

This is a guest post by Amy C.

People with compulsive overeating issues often get stuck on thoughts of food and eating. Compulsive behavioral pattern usually means being stuck in one form of thought or course of action. It is also known as cognitive inflexibility.

Individuals who gorge at night time are usually experiencing the compulsive over-eating issue. This issue is also associated with other issues like constantly worrying, holding grudges for a long time, and argumentative behavior.

Here are 5 easy steps to overcome Compulsive Eating:

  1. Compulsive overeating is caused by low levels of serotonin levels in brain. It usually gets worse with high-protein diets, energy drinks, and diet pills. Serotonin enhancing medications like Prozac, or Zoloft are helpful to balance your brain chemistry and overcome compulsions. Also consider supplements like 5-HTP and Vitamin B.
  2. If you are having problems going to sleep at night, try a warm glass of milk with a teaspoon or natural vanilla and few drops of agave nectar.
  3. Avoid argumentative conversations. Become conscious of your conversational patterns. Avoid the unconscious pattern of saying no or arguing with others.
  4. Exercising on a regular basis produces more serotonin in your brain and thereby increases your cognitive flexibility.
  5. Create conscious choices proactively. Have a variety of healthy foods available in your kitchen. This gives you choices and thereby gets you unstuck from the compulsive thinking or compulsive action that does not serve your health.

The biggest challenge in overcoming compulsive overeating is to get unstuck. Compulsive overeating is easy to overcome if it is brought in light through conscious thinking and proactive action plans.

**None of this should be considered professional health advice. Please consult your physician for health related issues. The information in this article is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice.

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Greg March 27, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Goes to show that some of the most common “fixes” for overeating just end up making the problem worse…

julie April 6, 2010 at 10:38 am

It’s also caused by dieting. I wonder, now as an adult, looking back at my teenaged and early 20s self, how much of it really was caused by psychological factors, and how much was caused by my trying to eat low-fat, diet food, and lose weight.

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