How to Stop Binge Eating

How to Stop Binge Eating - Advice From a Pizza Empire Founder

By Tom Venuto

In a very surprising comment made on a UK radio show, the founder of one of the largest Pizza empires in the United States and United Kingdom told listeners not to eat too much pizza!

In an interview with host Adam Shaw on BBC’s Radio Four program, John Schnatter, the founder of Papa John’s pizza, was asked if he was at all concerned about the British government's restrictive measures in the fast food restaurant business in an attempt to help curb the obesity rate.

Schnatter said: "Pizza is actually healthy for you provided that you don’t eat too much. You can’t eat five or six slices in one sitting but if you eat one or two slices it’s actually very nutritious".

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Laughing, Shaw replied: "I’m not sure your investors want to hear you tell people not to eat too much of our pizzas".

Across the web, bloggers and tweeters have been putting in their two cents worth on the topic.

Some have said he was a little TOO honest.

Others say that this was either the worst PR screw up of all time or the best PR move ever made (you know what they say: "there's no such thing as bad publicity").

Although I would never call pizza health food, I think his advice to eat pizza in moderation was the responsible thing for to do at a time where obesity is reaching epidemic proportions, not just in the North America but in the U.K. and many other western countries as well.

Moreover, it was good diet advice. One reason people are failing to control their weight is because of the all-or-none thinking. In other words, many will develop a mindset where they will think "I can’t eat ANY pizza EVER again!" or, "I have to follow my diet 100%".how to stop binge eating

In my experience, all or none thinking is one of the main causes of diet failure. It’s better from a psychological perspective to eat your pizza and simply enjoy it ocasionally and in small quantities. If you want to know how to stop binge eating, this is of the best ways.

Think of yourself on a diet as if you were a pressure cooker on a stove burner. The longer you keep the pot on the heat, the more steam pressure builds up inside. If there’s no release valve, eventually the pressure will build up so much that it's going to blow.

In the beginning you might think that your willpower is incorruptible and made of steel and that you’re resolve is bolted tigher than a submarine hatch. But, the longer you’re on a diet with no relief, the more pressure builds up until YOU finally blow your top which results in massive binge eating.

Thus, the secret on how to stop binge eating lies in the ability to releive that pressure, on ocassion, so that you can continue with your normal healthy diet. This means if you let-off a bit of steam in by having a "free meal" (or two) and enjoy that slice of pizza (or whatever else) on occasion, that greatly relieves pressure.

In result, you never feel the urge to binge because you HAD your pizza and the urge was completely satisfied. Since the meal was already planned and you kept the calories (amount) under control, it had little or no effect on your overall fat loss efforts and results.

The Food Standards Agency in the UK negotiated with UK food, pub and sandwich chains to display calories on their menus in order to provide education information about healthier options for consumers who eat out frequently.

The move is similar to the one made in New York City last year, whereby restaurant chains that have more than 15 locations must print calories on their menus. According to an article in the British Medical Journal, this new regulation has resulted in an average reduction of 50-100 calories per each food order. Not that much, but at least it’s a start and move in the right direction.

In the case of pizza, a 2.2 ounce thin-crusted slice could have as little as 190 calories. One slice of "meat lover’s" pizza, could set you back almost 500 calories! Now, if you knew the difference, would it maybe change what kind and how much you would eat?

I’m completely in favor of posting calories on all menus, despite all the critics who say that it won’t make any difference. I beleive that anything that raises calorie awareness will affect behavior in a positive way and help all of us make better food intake decisions.

I would be more likely to recommend and frequent restaurants who opt to post calories, increase their menu of healthy choices and on rare occasion, have a CEO who actually says: "Eat my food, but not too much!".

If we could only get the execs at Mcdonalds’s to say the same thing!

Train hard and expect nothing but success,

Tom Venuto

P.S. No relation to Venuto's Pizza ;)how to stop binge eating


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About the Author

Tom Venuto is a fat loss expert, steroid-free lifetime natural bodybuilder, independent nutrition researcher, freelance writer, and author of the #1 best selling diet e-book, Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle: Fat-Burning Secrets of The World’s Best Bodybuilders & Fitness Models (e-book) which teaches you how to get lean without drugs or supplements using secrets of the world's best bodybuilders and fitness models.

Learn how to get rid of unwanted fat and increase your metabolism by visiting www.burnthefat.comhow to stop binge eating

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