How to stop being a serial dieter

With New Year just around the corner I have already heard rumblings of the new fad diets that will be out ‘just in time’. After the indulgence of Christmas everyone wants to cut back and loose a few pounds. But if you’re like me you’re a serial dieter – sticking at something for a few weeks or months before giving up and going back to “normal”.

2016 has been a hard year for me. Don’t get me wrong there are some really good positives but overall it’s been a bit gruelling, which has meant that I have been binge eating and put on a considerable amount of weight. I’ve tried a few healthy eating style diets this year but just haven’t been able to make them stick. So I decided to read up on unhealthy relationships with food and see where I was going wrong.


Overcoming Binge Eating has been an incredibly insightful book for me. Written by Dr Chris Fairburn it’s been through rounds of peer reviews, has a strong evidence base and several ‘real life’ recommendations so I know it’s not just another fad, but beyond that it actually makes sense.

There are two parts to the book; the first part which details what binge eating is, helps you discover whether you have a problem with this and whether you’re ready to change it, and the second part which is a clinically approved CBT guide to help you create a healthier relationship with food.

It has completely altered my view of my relationship with food and helped me identify where I go wrong in diets, what causes it and how Ii can overcome it. By no means does he say that it will be easy – on the contrary  he tells you just how hard it will be and that you have to decide if it’s worth the effort.

Once I’m back from my holiday (yay I can’t wait) I will be starting the first step on the process which will take me around 4 – 6 months. I know it sounds excessive but I’ve been a yo-yo dieter for too long. It’s time to properly understand my relationship with food so I can better control it.

Have you read overcoming binge eating, what were your thoughts?


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