Picture the scene. Its 9am on a Saturday morning. I have just got out of the shower, no glasses on, which means I am left without sight, a towel on my head from washing my hair and I just want to eat everything. I don’t care what it is – just as long as I can eat it!
I have a banana. I have pate on toast. I have cornflakes and milk at the same time as the toast. I have chocolate and then I have more chocolate.
I am shaking because my body wants everything that it is missing. I want fats, I want carbs and I want sugars.
Eventually my body calms down and I feel human again but I know I am going to binge all day today and my body just can’t help it. In fact, I feel like I am drowning in chocolate cravings….
Now let’s recap on what I ate last week……
I have just finished my latest fat vs sugar experiment and ended up (without realising it) averaging around 750 calories a day after calories burned through exercise. The absolute minimum that I am happy to drop is to 1200, so firstly I am shocked by how little I have had and secondly no wonder I am waking up the day after, feeling like absolute rubbish.
But it got me thinking. Whenever you read about bingeing after weight loss or gaining the weight you’ve just lost through extreme dieting you always wonder why. Why you lost the weight and why you put it straight back on.
I wanted to find out more about it and it felt like a great idea for my latest case study into fats vs sugar.
So after last week and barely touching 750 calories a day (more like 450 when you take into account breastfeeding) I wanted to see how my body would return to normal.
- How it would feel?
- What would it eat?
- What would be my cravings?
- How many calories I would consume
I already knew why my body was reacting to a lack of calories but I wanted to see how it was going to pan out over the weekend.
So after my breakfast binge, I am soon ready for more! And where better place to get rid of my cravings than McDonalds!
But I don’t just have a small McDonalds like anyone else, but a supersize one. I put away the following:
- McChicken Meal
- Chicken Nuggets (shared)
- Chicken Balls (shared)
- Single Cheeseburger
- Apple Tart
- Kit Kit McFlurry
And my only excuse is that my body feels like it is going to shutdown if it doesn’t get a lot of sugar and fat. And once I have finished in McDonalds I feel much better and finally don’t feel like I need to binge anymore!
In the evening I have a cheese sandwich with some pickle and 8 little squares of dark chocolate and I can honestly say that I feel normal again.
Today’s excess calories probably work out at about 4 days worth from last week and I see a big weight gain on the cards.
Hello Sunday! And after yesterday I am looking at eating normally without crazy binges.
We head out first thing to the car boot and when we’ve finished I have a Portuguese doughnut and loads of strawberries. I always have a doughnut when I come here because they are so nice. They are also not huge like the American ones and after 2 hours of walking around I never feel too bad having one.
There is also a trader selling trays of fresh strawberries and I can’t resist getting some. They are amazing and much fresher than the supermarkets usual ones.
I feel happy and relaxed about food and no longer want to binge. I reckon McDonalds well and truly sorted me out!
What this experiment has taught me – is that like expected if you have an average day everyday, then you wont want to binge and you’ll find that you eat less and less and lose weight naturally.