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What is wrong w/ me?


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All I ever want to do now is eat. I don't ever want to go back to my highest weight ever which was years ago. But all I want to do is eat. I feel like it started once I went away to university. I was losing weight during the summer. Then my first week of college all I ever ate was vegetables and salad cause everything else was just crazily unhealthy. Then I started to eat actual meals but still small portions then I begin to go up and up and up and get more food. And now that I'm home on vacation all I ever wanna do is eat. even when my stomach is in literal pain, I'll drink water after water and I still want to put food in my mouth. I thought it was an appetite problem, and so I asked my doctor if I can get prescribed phentermine and she said no, because they can't prescribe that here cause it causes heart conditions. And she didn't even want to hear my reason why. I guess she thought I wanted it to loose weight, cause she said all I need to do is see a weight management specialist. I know how to loose weight. Exercise and eat healthy and don't over eat. But my problem is I want to eat allllll the time! What could be wrong w/ me? (Asking you guys since my doctor didn't even let me explain). 

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How is your fat intake?  If you aren't getting enough good fat in your diet, you may find yourself constantly hungry and unsatisfied.

Idk, probably very high because I haven't been eating healthy so I'm sure I get a lot of fat.

I've been feeling exactly the same way.

About three months ago I decided I wanted to lose weight, and I did REALLY well at first.  In about a month I had dropped 14 pounds, and I was really encouraged and everyone was starting to notice.

Then, because I had been doing so well, I started treating myself here and there to those foods that I hadn't eaten at all in a month.  Then those treats gradually increased and increased to the point where I am now.  I've gained back all 14 pounds, plus a few more (I honestly don't even want to know) and I constantly just want to eat.

I open the fridge to pour some water and all of a sudden I'm craving sloppy joes (random!), I cook dinner and I eat two huge plates of whatever I cooked...and half an hour later I'm looking for a snack.

In my situation I think it's because I'm suffering from some depression/anxiety issues and I am definitely an emotional eater.  If I've had a tough day I reward myself with ice cream, if I'm tired I treat myself to chips...etc. etc.

Can you find a different doctor who you can go to and explain what's going on?  Maybe they can't prescribe a diet pill, but I would hope they would be able to help you figure out what is triggering this obsessive eating!

Sorry I can't be of any more help!

I think this is a pretty common sign of your body rebelling against your dieting. Maybe you were eating too little while you were dieting and now your body is craving more because it is available. I think the best thing to do is to try to reduce your food intake slowly and whatever you do DO NOT go back on a diet right now. Just take some time to try to get your eating to a "normal state" knowing that whatever you are not eating today will still be there for you tomorrow or whenever you want it and are actually hungry.

It also sounds like you could potentially be using eating as a coping mechanism for your emotions. Maybe you are sad or angry or stressed out or even bored and you are getting through it by eating instead of dealing with the underlying problem. Try to sort out what emotion you are having before you eat and deal with that emotion.

Why do you want to eat? Is it because of physical hunger? Or emotional hunger?

I'm a college student myself, and there have been days, especially Fridays, when all I want to do is to stay in my room and eat all I want, because...to reward myself for the busy week, I guess, and also as a form of escaping from the realities of life (aka homework, studying, even socializing, because of my terrible acne problem). Of course this is just a downward spiral. I feel good for a while, then bad, then worst, then convinced myself that I would never be saved and gave up myself altogether.

Recently I've been reading some books on spirituality and coping with emotional eating. Here is something I picked up from 'The Writing Diet' which I personally find useful:

Morning Pages

Every morning, when you wake up, write at least 3 pages. It could be of anything: just let your thoughts flow. Write up to 3 pages, or more if you like, and that's it. Do it for at least a week, and decide if you want to continue with it.

I did it for the particularly stressful week I had, and it helped me pull through. The notepad became a place for me to vent, to rationalize, to express, to think... Due to classes, I no longer do it in the morning, but I still write in my journal now and then. Putting your fear into words is more powerful than you think.

Of course, I'm assuming that you may be dealing with emotional hunger. And this is my personal experience. I'm still gaining...sadly, but at least I feel slightly better, and maybe that's the first ray of light. If it is physical hunger, consider finding another doctor.

Good luck! (:

What you're describing sounds a lot like binging -- more psychological than hunger related. Sort of annoying that your doctor wouldn't listen to you; my guess is, though a stimulant likely isn't the answer, therapy (possibly in conjunction with another medication) might be.

I binge too, sometimes, and though I've worked really hard to binge less, I still fall prey to it. (Hence me having gained 12 pounds since October, and joining this site.) Basically, I'm neither a mental health practitioner, nor am I "recovered." I may never be. Still, here is some of what helps me:

- I ALWAYS allow myself portion controlled treats. You know the motto 'eat dessert first?' I live by it! If I let myself eat just what I want, I can often prevent a binge. If I decide to eat "healthily," even when I really want the donut ... I'll eat a full meal, and then still want the donut, and will feel guilty, and will eat 7 of them. - I make sure to make myself controlled portions of things I like, when I can. For example: I love macaroni and cheese. I love macaroni and cheese I make myself. But if I make a big pot of it, I'll end up eating way too much. So, if I really want Mac and cheese, I'll usually by a single serving frozen portion. - I have small treats that I like (but won't binge on). I have both a sweet and a salty tooth! But, it's a lot easier for me to stop myself at three m&ms than after 3 salt and vinegar potato chips. So I'm a lot more likely to keep m&ms around for when I need a bite of something. I keep other stuff, too - diet hot chocolate, 100 cal bags of popcorn - when I need to munch. - for me, the biggest key to binging less is forgiving myself after a binge (or three weeks of binges). The angrier with myself I get, the more likely I am to keep binging. For example - over the past few months, I've gained a significant amount of weight. I'm happy at 130 pounds -- less happy at 143. Still, if I let myself get caught up in feeling like a failure, I'd likely end up binging today, and tomorrow, too. Not binging, for me, is often about momentum. It's also about allowing myself to binge. I may spend the rest of my life recovering -- but that's ok. I wake up every day and try and eat things I enjoy a lot. And for me, most days it's not that hard to do. And some days it really is. And that's ok.

Anyway, I don't have all the answers. The above are just some of my thoughts. I would love to hear anyone else's, too!

I can only give you my opinion which is based on my personal experience. When I look back years ago at the time in my life when I was eating the way you've described, it was an emotional time for me. I felt misunderstood and had very low self-esteem. I found a lot of comfort from food. Sometimes an entire large pizza didn't fill the emptiness, which is ridiculous, as that is enough to fill anyone up if they are truly hungry. It wasn't about the food, for me.

I went to a doctor who didn't prescribe any pills. She was a pschycologist who helped me learn to value myself and my health. That was over ten years ago :)

I know my post may not be helpful in the short term, but I hope it helps anyone who reads it to consider asking themselves some tough questions about why they binge.

Suzyannie xo

I am an emotional eater and often turbot food when I am bored, happy, sad, or anywhere in between. I have had some luck with a few tricks. Sometimes if possible I try to distract myself from the desire to eat. Someone also told me that your brain can mix up signals and you can crave food when thirsty! And if all else fail I also chew gum. Gives me a little flavor to help kick the craving.
ln77
Jan 13 2012 22:21
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There's nothing wrong with you. You're a human being, and it's just human nature to be, well, flawed. To suffer, and to hate yourself, and engage in self-destructive behavour. But it's also human nature to recover, to learn from your mistakes, and to do better.

Right now, you're just in one of those bad stages. Believe me, I've been there. But it gets better, and no matter how impossible it seems, you can feel whole again. I know it's tough, and it takes a lot of time, but it's coming. Sooner or later, you'll be in control again :)

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I can only give you my opinion which is based on my personal experience. When I look back years ago at the time in my life when I was eating the way you've described, it was an emotional time for me. I felt misunderstood and had very low self-esteem. I found a lot of comfort from food. Sometimes an entire large pizza didn't fill the emptiness, which is ridiculous, as that is enough to fill anyone up if they are truly hungry. It wasn't about the food, for me.

I went to a doctor who didn't prescribe any pills. She was a pschycologist who helped me learn to value myself and my health. That was over ten years ago :)

I know my post may not be helpful in the short term, but I hope it helps anyone who reads it to consider asking themselves some tough questions about why they binge.

Suzyannie xo

That's exactly me, even a whole pizza couldn't fill me up, well I've never ate a whole large pizza by myself before, but everything I was eating was pretty much the capacity of that and some. But the thing is I've been stressed, sad, upset, before. Now that I'm back at school I can't do that as much. But this was a probably when I went home for break and I barely left the house, mostly because I don't really have any friends back home except one and I can't hang out w/ her 24/7, plus she got grounded. But even when I was doing stuff, watching a movie, browsing the web, my mind was just like "I want food" I'm trying to get back into calorie counting, which I'm doing pretty good at, granted today is day one. But I'm scared that I'm going to fall off the band wagon and just want to eat everything in the dining hall, like I used to.

Eat lots of protein. It will make you satisfied

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