To most people the answer to this question seems obvious. If you throw up the food you eat then you’re going to lose weight, right?
Sorry to burst your bubble, but thats wrong.
The fact is that ultimately, throwing up does not help you to lose weight, and that actually, over time, it could cause you to gain weight.
Shocking, I know. But in reality, the theory that throwing up after eating helps you lose weight is just another common misconception that we desperately need to raise awareness of.
While it is true that sometimes when you first start to throw up you can experience initial weight loss, it’s so important to realize that this is usually due to dehydration and is almost always impossible to sustain.
The first time I learned the surprising facts about self-induced vomiting I found them difficult to accept. After all I’d been bulimic for over a decade, convinced that purging was allowing me to maintain my weight, certain that my weight would balloon out of control if I stopped. But I was wrong.
Now, as a recovered bulimic I may seem a little biased, so I don’t just want you to just take my word for it, instead let’s take a look at some solid scientific facts.
In a study conducted at the Pittsburgh Human Feeding Laboratory, 18 bulimic women were asked to binge and vomit as they normally would, while the calories they consumed were carefully monitored.
After vomiting, researchers calculated the amount of calories purged and compared it to the amount of calories eaten. They discovered that while the average binge consisted of 2131 calories, the women only managed to purge an average of 979 calories by vomiting.
So even if you believe you’re throwing up all the food you eat, the chances are that your body will retail at least 50% of the calories consumed.
This study is not a one off either, countless scientific research studies have proven that all methods of purging are highly ineffective at removing calories from the body.
Firstly, when your body realizes that your food is being restricted (vomiting has a similar effect to restricting) your metabolism lowers and you quickly convert the calories you do absorb into fat stores.
Secondly, throwing up causes binge urges to skyrocket, meaning you’re likely to consume more food than ever.
It’s important to understand that the process of vomiting after eating quickly becomes an incredibly addictive process. Although you may convince yourself that you are in control at first, it is not something that you will simply be able to stop at will. Brain imaging scans show that we actually react in the same way to bingeing and purging as we would if we were to take heroin!
So right now, whether you are already bulimic, experience urges to vomit after sessions of uncontrollable eating or are perhaps considering throwing up in an attempt to lose weight, you owe it to yourself to embrace the true facts about throwing up and weight loss.
If you would like to know how to maintain your natural, healthy set point weight and remove all urges to binge and purge forever then please do check out our FREE eCourse to show you how to stop throwing up after eating.
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