Our expert says:
I think that you may be suffering from a type of eating disorder, but before suggesting that you see a clinical psychologist to help you sort out your attitude towards food, eating and guilt, I would like to suggest that you make quite sure that you are eating sufficient carbohydrates. A lack of carbs can trigger these cravings a) because carbs are out best source of readily available energy for physical activity and because your do a lot of exercise your need for carbs in greater than if you were living a sedentary lifestyle, and b) because carbs help to increase the levels of serotonin in the brain thus suppressing cravings. Try eating at least one low-GI carb at each meal (click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI) and use an energy drink while you are exercising (e.g. Powerade, Energade, EnerG, etc). Experiment with these energy drinks to find one that agrees with you. It is important that you replace your glycogen stores in the liver and muscles that get used up when you do exercise, hence the need for carbs. Try this for 2-3 weeks to see if you cravings are due to a lack of carbs. If this still does not stop the cravings which are then followed by binging, then please see a clinical psychologist to assist you with your attitude to food and the guilt and to take control of your life again.
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