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November 18, 2015

The Truth About Binging

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Let’s face it, everyone has bad food days. Whether it's overeating at that new Thai place or just overdosing on junk food, it's all the same - you're binging. But how bad is it, really?  

We ask our in-house fitness expert Rohan Mathew to give us the lowdown.

“Binge eating is a phenomenon that's also called disinhibition, where you eat without restraint. There could be a variety of factors contributing to this – one of them being emotional, where people eat when they’re sad or when they’re happy,” he says.

But what about those sudden cravings that don't go away until you’ve indulged in them a little? That's normal, according to Mathew. “There are times when we all do it; we’re human, after all. There are even some studies that show that varying your caloric intake can be beneficial," he says. 

Turns out binging might be an evolutionary thing.  “We’re hardwired as human beings to eat as much as we can when there’s food before us," says Mathew. "This goes back to the prehistoric era, when food was only available during certain periods." It's an instinct that's harder to shake than we might think, he says. "Having said that, we now live in what you can an obesogenic environment, where food is in abundance and in dense caloric forms, so our biology is driving us to obesity."

Binging comes with its own set of dangers, which can set you up for an unhealthy life. Explains Rohan, “It starts with you getting bigger which then leads to other associated lifestyle diseases such as heart disease and diabetes." 


The takeaway? Overdoing it is never a good idea, and that holds true when it comes to your eating habits as well. With that in mind, Rohan's all for saving one day a month to satisfy your cravings, while exercising control at the same time - don't clean out the entire buffet table, and you should be fine!

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