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Bulimia Recovery #14 - How Do You Give a Healthy MAN Bulimia?
July 19, 2011
Hi,

How Do You Give A Healthy MAN Bulimia?

Put him on a diet!

Don't believe me... Look at this...

(Trust me, you're going to want to read this!)

Over 60 years ago the famous physiologist Ancel Keys did an experiment on the effects of limiting food intake...

It involved restricting the caloric consumption of 36 men.

The men chosen for the experiment all ranked highly in physical and psychological health. They were motivated, well educated and all round good healthy chaps.

The psychological state of these men was better than that of an average man in the population.

When the experiment took place, food shortages were a real issue in the war-torn globe. The aim of the study was to discover what the best way to re-feed these food deprived victims would be.

The men who volunteered to take part in this experiment did it as an alternative to going to fight in the war...

Restricting your food for 6 months probably seemed like a small price to pay for being allowed to miss out on the front line...

But was it?

What the study involved...

PHASE 1 of the study:

The men were allowed to eat normally while they had everything about them studied in detail... Including their eating patterns, personalities and behaviors...

PHASE 2 of the study:

The men were put on calorie controlled diets for 6 months. They were allowed around 1600 calories a day. The men were monitored closely to make sure that they followed the diet.

PHASE 3 of the study:

The final 3 months of the experiment was when the re-feeding took place. The men would gradually be reintroduced to normal amounts of food.

You may be thinking '1600 calories a day... That's not starvation - that's just a diet!'

Yes, you are exactly right!

Many fad diets today suggest that you eat far fewer calories than this experiment...

That's why the results of this study are so shocking...

What happened to these men?

During the dieting phase of the study, the men experienced massive psychological, physical and social changes as they reduced the amount of calories they consumed...

They became obsessed with food and eating...

They found concentrating very difficult - saying that they were overwhelmed by constant thoughts of food. I'm sure you can relate to this!

As their food obsession went from one level to the next, their eating habits began to change...

They would plan the eating of their meals carefully and try to draw out the eating experience for as long as possible.

Some of the men even hid away bits of food to eat slowly and savor on their own.

Towards the end of the experiment, some of the men would take nearly 2 hours to eat their meal - which normally would have taken them just minutes.

Some of the men even admitted to losing control and going on massive binges...

Then came the re-feeding phase of the experiment - or the end of their diets...

When the men in the Minnesota study were allowed to eat normally again, most of them found that their obsessive food related behaviors continued...

Some found that their obsession with food became stronger and more intense than ever before...

Many of the men reported they were out of control with their eating and that they ate more or less continually...

Some of the men felt so guilty about their lack of control that they resorted to bulimia...

Other men ate so much that, they made themselves physically sick - time and time again...

One of the men in the study became so psychologically disturbed that he started looking through garbage bins for food...

He started a vicious cycle of enormous over eating followed by self induced vomiting...

He repeated this cycle over and over again!

As you can see, during re-feeding, these once healthy and stable men lost control...

Most to the point of obsessive out-of-control eating...

Some to the point of developing bulimia!


What Can You Learn From This Study?

If a group of healthy men - who had no cultural pressure on them to be thin - fell prey to bulimia as a result of dieting... Why would you be any different?

It's simple. You're not.

The men in the Keys study were psychologically healthy before starting their diets...

But when food was deprived, they fell apart. They...

  • Developed emotional problems
  • Became irritable and less tolerant
  • Had out-bursts of anger
  • Suffered from anxiety
  • Developed food obsession
  • Began binge eating

And...

  • Some of these once healthy men even developed bulimia!

The Keys Study provides undeniable evidence that bulimia is often the result of past food deprivation - or dieting!

Bulimia is a result of your sub conscious fear of famine. A fear created to keep human beings alive when food is scarce. A Fear that you have activated through dieting. A fear that tells you to EAT-EAT-EAT whenever you can!

SO, it turns out I wasn't a complete and utter nut case when I ate that stale bagel I found on the car floor... I was just sub-consciously terrified of famine or dieting!

What helped CURE my bulimia - and will help you too...

Because dieting causes this extreme fear or famine and drive to overeat, it obviously can't be part of the solution to beating bulimia...

The solution lies in eating normal amounts of food every few hours, throughout the day. This is the only way to eliminate your sub conscious fear of hunger... It's called structured eating...

I wrote about structured eating in a past newsletter... To read it, click here.

Most of the information above is a snippet of advice from The Bulimia Recovery Program's e-book guide... I hope you found it eye-opening! I find it incredible because this is information from a legitimate study that PROVES dieting can cause bulimia!


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Remember... You are the captain of your ship and the creator of your destiny...

Here's to bulimia recovery!

xox Shaye

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